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Wickham Glen

A River Road enclave of luxury homes on Tuckahoe Creek close to Collegiate and Saint Catherine's Schools athletic campuses and Benedictine Preparatory Academy.  Wickham Glen was developed in 2004 by Midlothian Enterprises, Inc. consisting of 23 home sites, with only a few building sites remaining. Built by the finest home builders in the area, the homes are original designs inspired from Georgian and Colonial Revival country estates with open interiors and outdoor living spaces for modern living. Wickham Glen is ideally located just minutes from Route 288 and West Creek Corporate Center, with easy access to upscale shopping, fine dining and the cultural offerings of downtown Richmond. Excellent public schools and the areas finest independent schools are nearby.  Public water, sewer, natural gas and underground utilities.
 

The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm

The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm: ‘A model “rural residential” development’

By: Doug Childers

Drive west on River Road West in eastern Goochland County and four miles past State Route 288, you’ll come upon what looks like the street frontage of a country estate. Stone columns mark the property’s entrance, and horse fences line the roadway that runs through expansive meadows in the distance. It’s fit for an estate in horse country. Except it’s not, at least not anymore. It’s home to the Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm, a 1,050-acre residential development launched 22 years ago by Midlothian Enterprises Inc. The resemblance to a country estate isn’t a coincidence, though. The Meadows, which runs north from River Road West to Cedar Run Road and east from Dover Lake and Dover Creek nearly to Hermitage Road, is one of three luxury communities that Midlothian Enterprises developed in eastern Goochland between 1990 and 2006. (The other two are Randolph Square and Wickham Glen.) In each case, the company was “sensitive to the existing residents’ desire that the rural character of the county be maintained,” said E. Bryson Powell, Midlothian Enterprises’ president. "Our objective was to achieve this by making it appear that visitors were entering a single estate and not a conventional subdivision,” he said. To that end, the company left substantial acreage untouched and natural along the entrances and ensured that none of the homes could be seen from the streets that border the communities. The effect leaves the rural character of the area intact. Powell didn’t create the country-estate vibe out of thin air, though. The Meadows sits on land that was once part of the historic Sabot Hill Farm, and the roadway that leads into the development was originally the driveway for the Joe Brooke house, which still stands in the Meadows development. It's probably the oldest brick house west of Henrico County and reported to have been built by William Randolph, Thomas Jefferson's uncle. William T. Reed Sr., president of the Larus and Brother tobacco company, bought the land in the 1920s, and his son and daughter-in-law lived at Sabot Hill Farm from 1937 until the younger Larus’ death in 1985. (An interesting side note: Charles Lindbergh, the first person to complete a solo flight nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, landed his plane in a nearby meadow when he visited the Reeds.) In 1989 Reed’s heirs began developing a portion of the farm into the Sabot Hill Farm community. Three years later, Midlothian Enterprises entered a partnership with Reed’s heirs to turn the remaining land into the Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm, and it began a slow, well-concealed transformation. In addition to designing the landscape and installing the development’s roadways, high-speed communications and underground utilities, Midlothian Enterprises sold home sites to individuals and custom home builders from 1992 to 2006. “Some of the builders who purchased lots in the Meadows include J.W. Montague Jr. Inc., Allen Coleman, Pitts & Associates, W.L. Stinson, Peterson Construction and Tuckahoe Creek Construction,” Powell said. Today, the Meadows has 111 houses, each sited on approximately four to six acres of land. “There are only a few remaining privately owned lots, and only three of them are for sale,” said Pam Diemer, a Meadows resident and a real estate agent with Long & Foster Real Estate. Nearly all of the homes in the Meadows were architect-designed and custom-built, and their wide-ranging architectural styles include Colonial Revival, Georgian, English Country and French Country. The community, which is popular with young families, shares ownership of the 145-acre Dover Lake with the Sabot Hill Farm community, and the lake is an important amenity for both communities. “The lake is revered by anglers for its trophy large mouth bass,” Diemer said. “The park there also has racks for homeowners’ electric-powered boats, kayaks and canoes. Stand-up paddle boarding and sailing are also popular.” The amenities at the Meadows – which include a park with a picnic pavilion and trails for biking and horseback riding, as well as lake access – attract home buyers, as do its strong public schools and convenient location. “It’s just 15 minutes to Short Pump Town Center and only five minutes to the new West Creek Medical Center,” Diemer said. “And Hermitage Country Club, Kinloch Golf Club and Richmond Country Club are all within a five-minute drive.” Ultimately, though, the Meadows’ attractive architecture and natural settings top many home buyers’ lists, according to Diemer. “The Meadows offers the promise of country-estate living with the convenience of a suburban neighborhood,” Diemer said.

A Brief History of The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm

Originally part of Sabot Hill Farm Inc. As written by Joe Ciucci

Joe Brooke Farm has played an important role in the history of Goochland County since Colonial times. The earliest patent on this land was issued to John Woodson in April of 1703. The Joe Brooke property was purchased by Thomas Randolph, the builder of Tuckahoe, in 1728. Upon his death, he left the estate to his son, William Randolph (1738 - 1745). It is believed that Thomas Mann Randolph (William's son) built the Joe Brooke house around 1761. Evidence indicates that the Joe Brooke house is the oldest brick house in Goochland County. The date 1761 can be seen clearly on a brick on the western side of the chimney next to the roof.

The Joe Brook Plantation enjoyed a colorful history for the next 150 years. The properry traded hands several times and was finally purchased by William T. Reed, Sr., president of Larus Tobacco Company in 1925. During this period, Charles Lindberg visited the area to see the Reeds and always landed his plane in the pasture west of the Dover Creek. Today, approximately 120 families will have the opportunity to enjoy the Joe Brooke Farm and call it "home".

The intent is to create a truly fine residential community. Strict attention to architectural detail will ensure each house compliments the neighborhood and fits its particular site. In addition, The Meadows Community Association will be responsible for maintaining the entrance, open space and private roads. Property owners will have access to Dover Lake and can enjoy a lakefront park.

The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm is being developed for the Reed family by Midlothian Enterprises, Inc., a successful and respected residential developer who enjoys an outstanding reputation for commitment and quality.

The Meadows is conveniently located in eastern Goochland in an attractive rural setting and yet close to shopping, recreational facilities and major arterial roads.

Kinloch

There is a community that is a well-kept secret in the Greater Richmond area, but the word is quickly getting out that Kinloch offers a unique opportunity for every lifestyle. The neighborhood is just seconds from Route 288 and numerous major West Creek employers, including the new HCA Hospital’s West Creek Medical Center. The adjacent Kinloch Golf Club is hosting the United States Golfing Association Senior Amateur Championship in September of this year. Kinloch’s location is also convenient to the area’s best shopping and dining at Short Pump. Kinloch offers luxury homes for every lifestyle with an emphasis on first floor living from several highly-regarded local homebuilders. The maintenance-free, custom-built Coach Homes by Boone Homes Inc. features elegant architectural touches and interior finishes that their homeowners treasure. The landscaping maintenance offers owners the ability to lock and leave with peace of mind. Additionally, there are premier homes available on beautifully-wooded home sites that provide privacy. W.B. Garrett, Inc. offers versatile home designs with flexible living spaces that have won many repeat customers. Bill Garrett’s designs and attention to detail are evidenced in the craftsmanship of his homes. Kinloch also features exceptional estate homes designed by local architects for discerning buyers and built by local legends, like John W. Montague, Jr., Inc. and Bel Arbor Builders. The homeowner is intimately involved in designing and building a unique custom home by working closely with Kevin and Warren Montague and their talented team of craftsmen. There are many benefits to living in an enclave such as Kinloch. The natural beauty is highlighted by the 70-acre lake, which offers a bounty of recreational opportunities for Kinloch residents. Marshall Bowden, vice president of Kinloch Development Corporation, thinks one of the local residents summed up the lifestyle best. The homeowner told Marshall, “When I drive home each day, my mind and body start to relax as I drive along Tuckahoe Creek Parkway.” The developers strived to create an environment that created such a state of mind. Marshall further commented, “Kinloch is a financially secure community which allows us to take a long-term view in its creation.” Pam Diemer, a sales consultant with Long & Foster Real Estate, has helped many buyers recognize the various lifestyle and home options available in Kinloch. There are a limited number of design and build your- own-home opportunities, including lake front lots. With prices beginning in the $500,000’s, Pam is confident that Kinloch offers many buyers an affordable luxury lifestyle. Home sites are also still available starting at $130,000. To learn more about the many unique residential opportunities available at Kinloch or to take a tour of one of the model homes, call Pam Diemer at (804) 241-3347.

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Pam Diemer

ABR®, CRS®, GRI®, e-PRO®
REALTOR®
& Certified Financial Planner™
Licensed in The
Commonwealth of Virginia

The Tuckahoe Office
Long and Foster Real Estate
8804 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 740-3000 Office
(804) 241-3347 Mobile
Pam@PamDiemer.com

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