MCS Safe Home for Sale in Stuarts Draft, VA – $228,400


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Stuarts Draft, Virginia 24477 MCS Safe Home for Sale in Stuarts Draft, VA – $228,400

Description: 173 Sylvan Drive, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 2,086
Lot size: .53 acre
Date Available: Immediate possession.

Price: $228,400

Contact Information: or (423) 443-1233.


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Basic description: Beautifully renovated custom built private home with mountain views of the Blue Ridge Parkway located in Stuarts Draft, Virginia (only 15 minutes from Staunton, Virginia). Enter into a large foyer of rare Italian marble, and be greeted by a winding red oak staircase, soaring cathedral ceilings and open floor plan with many large windows and natural light. Original inlays of red oak, cherry, black walnut, Italian marble and black granite in the living room, dining room, staircase landings, sitting room and master bedroom floors, along with hand painted medallion on the living room ceiling. Red oak hardwood floors throughout this home and tiled kitchen and baths add richness, quality, and ease in cleaning. Loft with spiral staircase in an upstairs bedroom provides additional mountain views. The large master bedroom also boasts cathedral ceiling, mountain views, and a large walk-in closet. The master bath is huge, with double sinks, over-sized Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, cathedral ceiling, and additional walk-in closet. All three bedrooms have their own adjacent full bath, one bedroom being located on the ground floor. Enjoy a formal dining room, breakfast bar, or bay window dining area adjacent to kitchen. Besides the open family room, a “sitting” room with rosette inlay could be used as office, sewing room, or for play. Home is conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood, beautifully landscaped with front and back decks, a matching 10×12 storage building, french drain, 4 yr. old 30 yr. roof, and is on more than half of an acre backed by a large field.

Building Materials/Indoor Air Quality
Year built: 1988
Construction: This home was custom built in 1988 and renovated by the current owner to be MCS safe in 1997.
Passive solar design features: n/a
Moisture barrier installed over the slab: Vapor barrier installed in crawl space.
Exterior building materials: Cedar.
Roofing materials: Asphalt shingles.
Insulation materials: Fiberglass.
Are the walls foiled?: No.
Wood detailing: Pine window and door casings, pine 4″ baseboards with quarter round, solid oak cabinet facing with some press board shelving.
Wood sealants used: Baseboards, window and door casings painted with low VOC paint, oak cabinets stained.
Flooring: When renovated MCS safe in 1997, all particle board under layment was replaced with 5/8″ plywood and Duroc, and all flooring replaced with hardwood, ceramic tile, and Italian marble. The hardwood was sealed with water-based poly-urethane (BonaKemi). All grouts and sealers were carefully chosen according to Material Safety Data Sheets for MCS safety.
Carpet: No carpet.
HVAC: In 1997, the entire duct work in the crawl space was replaced with galvanized duct work insulated on the outside. In 2004, the heating system was replaced with a 3 & 1/2 ton Trane heat pump and air handler. Filters are changed every 60-90 days.
Whole house air filter: No.
Whole house vacuum: No.
Sauna? No.
Dates of past repairs/renovations: This home was custom built in 1988 and renovated by the current owner to be MCS safe in 1997. All interior walls, ceilings, and trim were painted with low VOC paint. Some low VOC touch-up painting summer 2010.

Utilities and Major Appliances
Heating system: CFA heat pump.
Cooling system: AC heat pump.
Appliances? All appliances electric.
Did the house ever sit empty for any length of time? No.

Electromagnetic Fields
Unshielded electrical wiring: ??
Dimmers and 3-way switches: Yes.
Power lines: Underground.
Neighbors with WiFi: Yes, but not close by.
WiMax installed or planned for area in near future: No
Smart Meter on site or planned in near future: No.
Cell/microwave towers nearby and/or planned for near future: No.
Other wireless technology being used nearby or planned for near future: No.
Located under an airport flight path: No.

Is the property graded, are French drains, swales or other features used to wick away rainwater? Yes, property is graded with French drains.
Are there plantings or berms around the perimeter of the home? No.
On-slab foundation, crawlspace or basement? Crawlspace.
Exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchen, and other high-humidity locations? Yes.
Whole house dehumidifier? No.
Other mold-reducing features: Vapor barrier in crawlspace, foundation vents, high efficiency replacement air filters, three ceiling fans to increase air movement.
Is there a history of water damage of any kind? No.
Have there ever been roof or plumbing leaks? Plumbing leak repaired promptly with no damage.
Was mold remediation ever completed in your home? No.
To the best of your knowledge, is there currently high levels of mold or existence of allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic molds in the home? No.

Pets that have lived in the house:Original owner had indoor dogs. House renovated MCS safe (see previous description of work) in 1997. No indoor pets.
Known vermin infestations: None.
Homestead animals: None.
Local flora that might be a problem (e.g., juniper, pine, cedar, etc.) and worst times of year for pollen counts: Property has a few trees, but is not heavily wooded. Juniper, pine, and one cedar on property. Worst time of year for pollen count is late March through May.

Other potential toxic exposures
Were pesticides ever used in the house, or outside the house and around the property, by you or by former owners? Am highly sensitive to all of the above. Have owned home since 1997 and none of the above have been used. Not aware of use of any of the above by original owner before MCS renovation.
Has a pet that was treated with Frontline, wore a flea collar, or had other pesticides applied to it ever lived or entered the home? Yes, outside dog entered home rarely and briefly. No dog on property for 1 & 1/2 year. No outdoor pet currently.
Has the home site been checked for radon and other potentially hazardous elements? Are you prepared to provide a copy of any environmental home/site inspection that has been done? n/a
Is the house currently fragrance free, and has it always been? I am extremely sensitive to fragrance of any kind. With purchase and MCS renovation of home in 1997, home has been kept completely fragrance free!
Is the house currently smoke free, and has it always been? Yes, kept smoke free.
Has the house or any neighbors’ homes in a three block radius ever been used as a methamphetamine (“meth”) lab? No.
Has ozone every been used in the home to try to remove odors/chemicals/mold? Yes, have used a small ozone air purifier on occasion to insure freshest possible air. Has not been used in a year or more.
Garage: Attached garage.

Do you or your MCS partner tolerate the home yourself? Yes.
How long have you lived in the home? 14 years. Living in this home, I have gained a level of health and well-being I have never before experienced.
May I talk to a former tenant to see how they felt about living in the house? I am the only MCS occupant since MCS renovation.
Why are you selling the home? Selling as our family is moving out of state.
If you are selling (vs. renting), are you charging a premium over the likely appraisal cost for the special materials? If so, are you willing to carry a second note/loan on the house if the bank will not give me a mortgage at the price you wish to sell the house? No.
Who are the closest neighbors and what are their potentially MCS-triggering habits? No neighbors in front or back, retirees on either side. Stable neighborhood. A quiet location. The only item that might be an issue would be use of lawn mowers. I am extremely sensitive to laundry products (fragrance) and struggle if walking near homes where laundry is being done, but I do not have problems smelling laundry products from my neighbors. Our home is on the side of a hill and the area gets a lot of breeze from the surrounding mountains, keeping the air fresh.
Are the neighbors MCS aware/compassionate/friendly? We have excellent, supportive neighbors who “keep an eye” on our property when we are out of town and tend to any needs of our property while we are away. There has been no problem from them with the things we have needed to do for my MCS. Also, we have a 10×12 matching barn/out building in the backyard.

Due to the nature of the illness, potential MCS buyers/renters will need to stay in a home overnight, or for an extended period, before committing to a purchase or long-term lease. Doing so puts the homeowner at risk for potential contamination of the space. Are you willing to do this? Yes.

• Potential buyer/renter can stay overnight in home for up to TBD days before committing to purchase/lease at a fee of $TBD dollars/night. Will determine depending on circumstances.
• Please list all allowed and forbidden personal care products, bedding materials, laundry products, etc.: No fragranced products of any kind, no smoking or pets.
• Please detail house rules: Must remove shoes in foyer.

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posted February 18, 2011