An eco-haven in the Missouri Ozarks
Chris and I have long envisioned sharing this special place with a few people of similar values. What we offer is a clean, beautiful, natural environment in a private valley setting. What we seek are three gentle, values-compatible neighbors to share our eco-sensitive lifestyle. Each neighbor will own five private acres plus a twenty-five percent interest in 80 acres held as interest in common with all of us. Each of the three parcels has substantial stream frontage and an excellent house site.
Water is abundant and dependable. Above is the little spring near the bridge over the stream.
Heartwood is in Ozark County, Missouri, smack dab in the middle of the Ozarks.
Springfield, Missouri is two hours northwest; West Plains, Missouri is one hour east;
Branson, Missouri is two hours west; Mountain Home, Arkansas is one hour south.
MAP OF HEARTWOOD
Heartwood is 130 acres, three 40s east and west with an extra 10 acres on the south side of the east 40. Hurricane Creek runs the length of the property and is fed by a year-round spring just off the southwest corner of the property. The watershed is over 2,800 acres, most of which is uninhabited and natural. Ours is the only home in the hollow. The property is primarily wooded with various oaks, shortleaf pine, eastern red cedar, sycamore and hickory. I believe that the last timbering was done in the 1950s as the forest is mature, with many large trees of all species.
Parcel A has a homesite just above a low waterfall so we think of this place as Watersong. Some trees will have to be removed to make the house clearing and a road will have to be developed. The house would ideally be built into the south-facing hillside for maximum energy efficiency. A small watercress spring could be developed for household water. Across the stream and west is a finger field of about eight acres that has a spring on its south side. This will be part of the common area but with agreement by all owners could be used for agricultural purposes.
Parcel B is the most challenging building site and offers maximum opportunity for unique design. Large rocks, abundant sight and sound of the stream and a seasonal spring are primary features. The spring ran continuously for the last twenty years and stopped during last year’s drought. I envision a structure wrapping around the hillside just above the stream, to maximize the views and sunlight. This parcel is closest to our house and sharing our garden is a realistic scenario.
Parcel B has the most level land, has a fine stand of pine trees, a great view of the bluff, offers several house sites, in the trees or right at the stream. The house could be in the pines and face north for the view or be near the stream road and face south for maximum energy efficiency. Part of the land was a cleared field perhaps forty years ago and a small field could fairly easily be created.