Property in Galena, IL  $279,000
826 S. Rocky Hill Road
Galena, IL
(773) 384-3246

 – Bed & Breakast
 – year-round second home for you and your dog
 – your retirement home

An absolutely unique beautiful 10.7-acre country property, essentially a nature preserve, five miles outside of Galena, Illinois. A best-of-both-worlds living opportunity, living a quiet life surrounded by nature, yet minutes away from amazing restaurants and unique shops.

This is a restored farmhouse, circa 1850, that is fully modernized and ready to move into, with 4 bedrooms and 3½ baths. The property was run as a bed & breakfast for 20 years (google – B&B and address to find name)

On the property is a gorgeous pond with its own small island, a sand beach, and deck overlook. There is a stream running through the property. It passes a limestone-stepped overlook known as the Amphitheater and it winds through some of the most beautiful woods, including old growth trees, you’ll ever see on a piece of land this size. Many trails maintained throughout property

The property includes a large 1850s barn with hand-hewn beams, a silo, a large 75’ x 50’ metal shed (~20 car stalls) full of interesting, unique old objects and items such as new doors, and windows. Also on the property are a two-car garage and four other older outbuildings.

Your dogs will absolutely love swimming in the pond and running around the property and large fenced-in play area. (A former owner’s B&B was voted best dog-friendly B&B in the US.)

A bird lover’s paradise, this property is situated within the Mississippi River flyway, where improvements over the last 20 years have drawn many species of birds to make their home here, with feeders, and birdhouses and simply allowing nature to do its thing, also making 826 Rocky Hill Road an attractive stop for flocks of birds during migration season.

The property includes walnut and mulberry trees, wild raspberries, grape vines, rhubarb, morel mushrooms and many other edible plants and trees.

Listed below are all the improvements made to the building since its purchase in December 2017, when the property was appraised for $211,000. Also included is a list of the furniture and other contents included in the sale.
New Heil 100,000 BTU 96% high efficiency gas furnace, two-stage heat with ECM blower furnace and humidifier.

New Heil 3-ton 16 SEER high efficiency air conditioning system with 10-year warranty.

All new cellar ductwork along with other ductwork and returns.

New Rheem Gas on-demand hot water heater

New soft-water treatment system

New Ikea kitchen cabinets and tin backsplash, wood countertops and vintage sink. Basic refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher are included.

New electrical system includes 110-amp service, which replaced 3 sub-boxes. We eliminated all knob and tube wiring and rewired most of the home’s outlets, adding several in the bedrooms, new switches in the living room, cleaned up all the wiring and modernized the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

New metal kitchen door with inside-glass blinds. Schlage punch locks on that and the front door.

New plumbing and drain runs in cellar and into kitchen. The drainpipe has been rodded out to 40 feet. New house shutoff valve and whole-house filter.

New upstairs hallway bathroom with two showerheads, sleek glass enclosure and tumbled stone floor.

Northwest bedroom bathroom tub fill fixed and tub patched and new exhaust fan.

New huge tempered-glass viewing window installed in living room overlooks pond and bird feeding area.

All wood floors have been cleaned and refinished with two coats polyurethane.

All upstairs bedrooms and downstairs living room have been stripped of wallpaper, cleaned, patched, primed and painted.

Downstairs bedroom trim and windows have been painted.

All inside windows frames have been cleaned or repainted.

All windows have been cleaned on the inside, all lace curtains washed, and new blackout pull shades have been installed on all the windows.

Complete professional tuckpointing, reconstructing loose brick, and power washing of basement walls.

Professionally removed asbestos-wrapped vent pipes.

washer and dryer.

Throughout the whole building, all ceilings, walls, and fixtures have been cleaned from top to bottom.

New Bilco door on outside basement entrance and new metal door into basement. Inside stairwell reworked to have even steps and finished flooring continued on top step.

New fence and gates in front of house.

Controlled burn around the pond and back fields was performed thus spring to encourage growth of native grasses and other plants.

All trails have been cleared with chain saws and mowed and are hikeable.

The pond’s overflow pipe has been unclogged and sleeved to get pond back at proper level. Drain system in good working condition.

All trees and brush in front of fence have been cut away and mowed.

Comfy campfire area and a shed full of firewood.

Three truckloads of wood chips have been delivered for mulch.

A mushroom garden has been planted on the north (shaded) side: hundreds of spores drilled in logs to produce shiitake, turkeytail and blue oyster mushrooms, and wine cap spores dispersed into the wood-chip pathway. Wine caps may come up this year, and all spored logs should produce next spring.
Three things bring worked on now and completed soon:
Deck by the pond will have been restored, with newly poured concrete posts and structural support underneath.

Old wooden shed and chicken coop interior will be framed with 6×6 beams and post, the roof and walls leveled. Barnwood on outside reworked.

Exterior of the house is being powered washed, and the doors, windows, eaves and front porch will be scraped, sanded, primed, and painted to your color specs. A dark red matching Bilco door recommended.

· Three queen beds, two with brand new pillow top mattress and one less than year old,
· one futon bed,
· deco blond wood wardrobe
· couch
· mid-century modern coffee table
· oak clawfoot kitchen table with 6 chairs,
· two desks and side tables
· living room chair and ottoman
· front porch chair and table

· TORO power-assist commercial push mower (new this spring)
· Stihl chain saw (like new used once)
· Various rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, hoses, gardening tools, and much, much more.
· Dishes, cookware and glasses.


(Not included are the Chevy truck and camper in the metal shed, Honda generator, wood chipper, power washer, and the wall art and cast iron cookware in the house)