Local real estate company Country Roads, LLC stepped into new territory with the purchase of about 35 acres of land in Owensboro. The new property owners are exploring opportunities — and welcome any ideas — for the site, which offers a mix of city and country living.
“It’s a gorgeous piece of land in the heart of Owensboro,” said Robert Williams, one of the founders of Country Roads. “Plus, it has everything: a lake, a horse barn, rolling hills and plenty of mature trees.”
Williams said he was a bit excited he was able to purchase the land during an auction held by Kurtz Auction earlier this week.
“I certainly would have never anticipated making a purchase like this just a few years ago,” Williams said. “I am a full-time special education teacher at Deer Park Elementary, and I am very thankful to also have a chance to explore the world of real estate as well. Out of a mutual love of projects, a couple of close friends and I formed Country Roads, LLC in 2018. We have really enjoyed rehabbing properties and leasing them to some fantastic local businesses.”
Prior to the sale, auctioneer David Hawes said the site provided the rare opportunity to invest in large executive/estate building tracts close to nearly everything in Owensboro.
Hawes said while the land is close to Owensboro Community & Technical College, Daviess County High School, College View Middle and Deer Park Elementary Schools, shopping, restaurants, and the U.S. 60-U.S. 231 interchange, it still has the feel of country living.
Hawes said the property had been for sale for two years before they decided to auction it off in four tracts.
“Although purchasing land is different than our previous purchases, this property is something we have kept a close eye on since Kurtz listed it for auction,” Williams said. “There is a total of 35 acres divided into 4 tracts. Along with another investor, we were fortunate to acquire all four tracts.”
Williams said they haven’t decided yet what to do with the property long term, though they plan to rehab the barn and fences in hopes to lease to horse owners.
“We will explore opportunities for the land, but at this point, we see the value in the agriculture and preserving the natural beauty of the land,” he said.
Williams said he welcomes any ideas or suggestions for the future of the land.
The first property purchased by Country Roads was a blue house at 1524 Frederica St., which was renovated and currently houses two photographers, Reflections by Talea and Melanie Hodskins Photography. Additional office space is available to lease at this location.
Country Roads also owns the building at 5533 KY 144 (which houses Blissful Beginnings East Early Learning Center with All Day Care), as well as the first floor of the building downtown that houses Mellow Mushroom and Cold Stone Creamery.
They also own space a 105 W. 2nd St. (previously home to Willow and Pine Market’s first location), which Williams said will soon be available to lease.
Williams is also a licensed realtor with Triple Crown Realty Group.