McNeill Farm, a Restored Stone Farm House on 140 acres of Rolling Prairie for Auction

(Chicago, IL, September 8, 2011) –Today, Fine & Company WI, LLC, the nation’s boutique real estate auction company, is proud to announce the sale of a spectacular restored stone farmhouse (“McNeill Farm”) on 140 acres of rolling prairie in southern Wisconsin’s Iowa County.  The auction will take place on September 28, 2011.

Last fall, Fine & Company WI, LLC auctioned two trophy homes in Wisconsin; a spectacular 18,000 SF mansion on almost twenty acres in Darien, as well as Lands End, a vacation estate set deep on 20 heavily wooded acres with 750’ of pristine waterfront in Gills Rock situated at the tip of Door County. 

Michael Fine, principal of Fine & Co., says “many sellers prefer auctions to be the solution for selling their home over placing their home on the market because the auction provides finality, motivates buyers to act now and allows sellers to move on to the next chapter of their lives instead of worrying and waiting for their home to get sold.”

Current owner of McNeill Farm, Evan McGlinn, said, “When we first saw the house, we fell in love with it because it was the most unique property in the area.  It was a beginning of a love affair with the Midwest.”

Mr. McGlinn is an accomplished photojournalist for renowned publications like The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone and Town and Country, just to name a few.  Evan adds, “Months after seeing the World Trade Center attacks from our Manhattan apartment, we longed for a home with the privacy and serenity we could not afford on the east coast.  After my wife accepted a job as a fashion designer with Lands End in Dodgeville, WI, we knew that McNeill Farm was the perfect place to grow our family.”

McGlinn continues, “We have now moved on to the next chapter in our lives and it is time to pass the stewardship of this 170 year plus home to another owner to enjoy.”

McNeill Farm features a 3,000 square foot main house featuring a wine cellar/grotto, a recently renovated gourmet kitchen with Viking, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances and the largest walk-in closet in Iowa County! 

The 140 acres of rolling hills is also home to a rustic barn dripping with vintage heritage and charm as well as a convenient storage shed. The abundant wildlife, gardens and the ultimate solitude from urban pressures will amaze you. 

This 3,267 square foot home features 7 rooms, 3 bedrooms (including master suite), 3 full bathrooms, a formal dining room and 2 wood-burning fireplaces.

Fine noted, “The auction is a systematic and sophisticated marketing approach to the sale of real estate not found in conventional brokerage that the auction focuses attention on the property and establishes a relative time-certain date of sale, which is especially appealing to sellers of means who are intent on moving on to the next phase of their highly productive lives.  For a highly acclaimed photojournalist and writer with a hectic lifestyle like the McGlinn’s, an auction is the perfect solution!”

6976 McNeill Rd. is between Mineral Point and Hollandale in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Iowa County. Just 45 minutes to Madison and less than three hours to the Chicago area.  

The neighboring farm to the north, “Shooting Star Farm,” is a high-end, artisanal organic farm whose produce supplies the best restaurants in Madison and Chicago including Charlie Trotter’s, Tru and Frontera Grill.  In the past, Rink & Jenny, the owners, have helped keep the McNeill Farm paths mowed in exchange for the privilege of walking on the land.

Two especially unique features of this home include central air conditioning which is rare to find in a home constructed in the 1830’s as well as the additional 1,000 square feet of living space added less than 10 years ago which is home to the master suite and formal living room,” Mr. Fine said.

An authentic characteristic of this home is the extensive plant life scattered throughout the 140 acres which include: prairie orchard, herb garden, vegetable garden and apple orchard.  In addition there are a number of trees and woodland plants beckoning for you to lie under.

Located at 6976 McNeill Road, the home is available for viewing by appointment only on: September 10, 17 & 24 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Call (312) 278-0600 ext 101 to schedule a private showing.

Recently listed at $895,000 this auction will allow the right buyer a chance to be part of the Midwest living experience of southwest Wisconsin’s Iowa county and the historic town of Mineral Point.

About Mineral Point, WI:

With its steep streets and Cornish-style stone buildings, Mineral Point, Wisconsin is a charming little community reminiscent of a rural English village.

Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin, Mineral Point is in Iowa County which was created in 1829 as a territorial county, and is named after the Iowa Indians whose hunting grounds dominated the area. Wisconsin Trails Magazine just announced that readers have endorsed Mineral Point as the Best History Town in the state.

The Mineral Point Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday, at Water Tower Park from 8:30 - 11:00am, beginning the first Saturday in May and continuing until at least the third weekend of October. Few small towns can boast a Farmers Market with the quality of Mineral Point’s Market. The Market has grown considerably in the last few years and become one of the best in the area. The market features locally grown organic produce, organically grown vegetables, naturally raised beef, pork and chicken, fresh eggs, jams, syrups, honey, flowers, perennial plants, baked goods, candles, soaps and more! The Mineral Point Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings and a great way to support local agricultural producers. Get there early for the best selection. McNeill Farm’s neighbors, Rink and Jenny Davie of Shooting Star Farm, sell their produce every Saturday at the market. If you miss the market, simply walk next door!

Mineral Point boasts several well-kept parks throughout the town: Watertower Park, Ted Galle Park, Jerusalem Park, Library Park and Soldier's Memorial Park all provide places to relax or play, and to enjoy a picnic lunch.  The largest, Soldiers Memorial Park has a fine basketball court, ball diamonds and playground equipment. Sheltered picnic areas, able to accommodate small or large groups, barbeque grills, lighted tennis courts and public restrooms are also available.  Open during the summer months, swimmers will enjoy an Olympic-size pool located at Soldiers Memorial Park.

The town of Dodgeville is just 20 minutes from the McNeill Farm and is home to Lands’ End – the famous $1.5 billion catalog retailer that employs some 3,000 people. The town is the county seat and the courthouse is located on Main Street which also has several good restaurants and the Lands’ End Outlet Store. There is also a Wal-Mart Supercenter in town as well as a full-service grocery store.

It is impossible to mention every interesting town or attraction close to McNeill Farm because there are so many. For more information on this wonderful part of Wisconsin, please read the enclosed article entitled, Wisconsin’s Beguiling Backroads by the late R.W. Apple of The New York Times. Regarded as one of the Times’ premier travel writers and gourmands, he touches on many of the places mentioned here with his signature wit and charm.

A detailed Bidder’s Information Packet has been assembled for this home, and contains property specific information, the auction and the Terms of Sale. The purchase of the packet is required to bid at the auction and will be available for sale at all viewing opportunities for $40 or by contacting the Project Manager at (312) 278-0600.

Headquartered in Chicago with offices in Dallas, San Francisco and Las Vegas, Fine and Company WI, LLC specializes in asset-specific marketing and is rated the premier real estate auction company in Chicago having successfully completed Chicago’s First Gold Coast auction at 1400 N. Lake Shore Drive and has listed the Chicago penthouse of 5-time Emmy winner, Kay Alden.

Please call Fine & Company at (312) 278-0600 x 101 for more information.

Michael A. Fine
312.278.0600 x 101