The log home may be the centerpiece of 8301 Oak Pond Way, off Massaponax Church Road in Spotsylvania County, but it’s the entire 6-acre property, along with the pond and assortment of wildlife, that says welcome home to your island of serenity each day.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the home was the cover story of the April 2009 edition of Log Home Living magazine. Candace and Eric Everts fell in love with the place when they first laid eyes on it and bought it in 2012.

“We’re a military family and moved from place to place, and we thought we’d just be here for another duty assignment,” Candace Everts said during a recent tour of the property. “But we decided this was where we wanted to stay.”

For seven years, anyway, until the kids had all graduated from Massaponax High School. Now that their son is about to receive his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and their two daughters are at the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colo., the couple has decided it’s time to move on—to Colorado.

They’ve listed the property with Mari Kelly of Long & Foster Realtors in Fredericksburg. The asking price is $699,900.

The log home is the Appalachian-style model from Hearthstone Log Homes in Newport, Tenn., built in 2005 using hefty, hand-hewn 6-by-14-inch logs. The Evertses are the second owners. It’s in the Woods of Massaponax subdivision, a gated community.

The house is listed with five bedrooms and four full bathrooms. Including the finished basement, it has just over 5,000 square feet of finished living space on three levels. Nearby is the more recently built detached, oversized two-car garage with storage space above that was built with logs ordered from Hearthstone to match the house.

There is certainly a rustic look and feel to the house, but at the same time, it has all the conveniences and features of a modern home, including plenty of improvements and upgrades made by the Evertses over the years.

Much of the work was a family affair that Candace Everts says helped instill a work ethic in their kids that’s stayed with them. Several projects involved wood that the family salvaged from old barns in Culpeper and the Lake Anna area of Spotsylvania. The wood became rustic wainscoting in the house, as well as sheds and chicken coops on the property. We’ll talk more about those later.

The home sits on gently rolling terrain and is entered via a short gravel lane. Visitors might want to pause for a moment to take in the broad view of the overall property, which offers tranquility and privacy—especially when the leaves fill the trees.

Landscaping added by the Evertses is all around and greets visitors as they arrive at the wide and welcoming front porch across the front of the house. The attractive foundation was built using dry stack stone.

The center gable on the porch roof is flanked by a pair of front-facing gables on the upper level. The symmetry continues with two wings on either side of the house.

Inside the handsome main entry, the log walls on the main level are complemented by varied-width hickory planks on the upper-level walls and ceiling. A stone floor in the foyer handles any tracked-in moisture. Elsewhere on the main and upper levels, the floors are a beautiful hickory, light in some areas, dark in others.

As the tour continues, areas of the home with two-story ceilings show off the substantial hand-hewn beams used in construction. Straight back from the foyer is the living room, which is sunken and equipped with a wood stove attached to the stone hearth and chimney.

The living room is part of an open floor plan at the rear of the house that includes the kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen’s wood walls, floors, cabinetry and ceiling contribute to the rustic feel, as does the farm sink. But new multilevel granite island and counters, and the stainless-steel appliances—including the 48-inch professional-style Thermador range—provide a very up-to-date look.

The breakfast area extends toward the porch, which provides access to the huge rear deck.

Adjacent to the kitchen, next to the foyer, is the dining room, where it’s easy to picture down-home holiday celebrations and family gatherings throughout the year.

Also on the main level is the master suite. There’s plenty of space in here, not to mention double-door access to the rear deck. The master bathroom features a large, copper-clad tub that Candace Everts says always draws “oohs” and “ahhs” from visitors. The bathroom also has a pair of vanities and a step-in tile shower.

Also near the master suite is a home office and a second full main-level bathroom.

The stairway from the foyer lands at a second-story balcony that overlooks the living room and provides a great view of the ceiling structure. There’s a loft that serves as a nice sitting area up here, along with two large secondary bedrooms that share a full bathroom. Also on this level is a study that would qualify as a third bedroom.

The basement was finished by the family and includes a large recreation room with a wood stove and stone chimney, plus a bedroom and full bathroom. The reclaimed barn wood covers the walls and there are two sliding barn doors, one with the original, century-old steel hardware.

The basement, which has tile flooring throughout, also has a kitchenette, exercise room, storage/utility area and walk-out access to the backyard.

The yard, with its stocked pond, has been a magnet for herons and other birds. The Evertses added a fountain that keeps the water moving. The yard also attracts people, and is just the place for quiet relaxation or lively crowds.

Here and there around the property are various small structures that let the family put salvaged wood to good use. There’s Candace’s potting shed that could become a cool playhouse, and a chicken coop that is very much still a chicken coop. There’s a garden with raised beds and birdhouses and feeders all around.

The house also has a tankless water heater and a three-zone heating and cooling system with new heat pumps.

Candace Everts sprinkles the tour with memories of the fun times the family has had here. “We didn’t set out to buy a log home,” she said. “But we’ve loved it and it’ll be hard to leave.”

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Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406

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