This pure-white home sitting on 18 acres amid rolling hills in Zionsville’s prestigious equestrian country—complete with its long gravel circle driveway, 40 peach and apple trees, a wraparound front porch, private creek, and a timber-frame barn—might appear as though it has been here for 100 years. But don’t let the provincial exteriors fool you. The 5,000-square-foot beauty was just built in March.
The mix of pastoral charm and sophisticated urban style is a definite reflection of the times. Even the most rustic elements have polish. A black French front door with a transom punctuates the traditional white horizontal siding. Inside, rough-sawn stairs made from the property’s ash trees create a striking focal point on the main floor and lend warmth, as do the creamy (and trendy) shiplap-planked walls and interior transom windows with light-wood panes. The look feels complete with hand-hewn oak beams, pewter finishes, black-iron light fixtures, honed granite countertops, and wide-plank flooring. As for modern conveniences, the home is outfitted with highly efficient geothermal heat pumps, Bosch appliances, a Kohler cast-iron farm sink, and Amish-made cabinets and built-ins. The dreamy space is clean and modern, but somehow feels lived-in and comfortable, too. It’s exactly the kind of farmhouse-chic home that design blogs are gushing over.
But what’s the point of living on a farm if you can’t roll up your sleeves and work the land? The property is zoned for agriculture and retail as well as residential. The original owners—who unexpectedly transferred to another city for work before the house was built—were hoping to live out the new American dream here by converting one structure into a guesthouse and operating a farm stand at the edge of the property. Whether the future owners shear sheep, collect eggs, keep bees, or just enjoy the bucolic view (a mere 17 miles away from downtown Indianapolis), life certainly does seem better at this farm.