Braewood is 363± acres situated in the heart of the Red Hills Plantation belt and is considered some of the most sought-after dirt. The landscape is remarkably scenic consisting of tall pines, tremendous live oaks, dangling Spanish moss, and sweeping stands of wiregrass that span the horizon. Braewood is the southeastern corner of Beechwood Plantation and is located in Florida with the Georgia state line serving as its northern boundary. Highly productive quail plantations encompass Braewood, and its immediate neighbors are Sunny Hill, Wildwood and Beechwood Plantation. Norias, Kelly Pond and Pinehaven are all just a stone’s throw away. The property is only 15 minutes from Thomasville and 25 minutes from Tallahassee. This offering provides the opportunity to own a smaller tract amidst an area dominated by larger plantations. This could prove to be a strategic purchase for one looking to expand their land holdings over time. If wild bobwhite quail and a pastoral setting are your quarry, Braewood is the spot for you.
Just the Facts
363± acres in the heart of the Red Hills Plantation Belt.
Phenomenal quail hunting property surrounded by Sunny Hill, Wildwood and Beechwood Plantations. Great turkey and deer hunting as well.
The ideal location, only 15 minutes from Thomasville and 25 minutes from Tallahassee; two miles south of Metcalf, GA.
No structural improvements.
The eastern boundary of Braewood is Norias Road, a well-maintained dirt road lined with live oak trees. There are two entrances off Norias Road, with the predominate access being near the southern Wildwood property line. There is a skinny hardwood drain that runs north-to-south that distinguishes the eastern and western halves of the property. The eastern half largely consists of wiregrass stands due to a more sand-based soil. This wiregrass area is easy to maintain and only requires an occasional burning, and hunting in this type habitat is a pleasure! As you move to the western half, the soil type changes to primarily Orangeburg and you find great upland cover that is known for supporting strong quail populations with proper management. The south/southwest section of the property is where you find the majority of the hardwoods. This area offers great turkey and deer hunting opportunities. The property is approximately 73 percent upland piney woods and 27 percent hardwoods. Braewood has nice contour with a gradual rolling landscape. Braewood is bordered by Wildwood to the east and south, Sunny Hill to the west, and Beechwood to the north.
Opportunities to own smaller tracts in this neighborhood are rather uncommon. It is very appealing to be able to own a few hundred acres surrounded by three neighbors that each individually own thousands of acres. When you look at the Red Hills Plantation map, you will find this property to be smack dab in the middle of it. Braewood’s location is truly ideal, whether we’re talking about quail potential, convenience to Thomasville and Tallahassee, or otherwise. In addition, acquiring this smaller tract may strategically put an owner in position to grow their holdings in a highly desirable area in the future.
Often times, real estate is all about location and beyond a shadow of a doubt, Braewood’s location is just perfect. Braewood is surrounded by some of the most productive quail plantations of all time. The property is two miles south of Metcalf, Georgia and the eastern boundary fronts Norias Road. Braewood is the most southeastern corner of Beechwood Plantation and the most northwestern corner of Jefferson County, Florida. The Florida-Georgia state line serves as the property’s northern boundary. Braewood is surrounded by Sunny Hill, Wildwood, and Beechwood Plantations. It is a short drive to both Thomasville (15 minutes) and Tallahassee (25 minutes). This location offers the opportunity to own a small tract surrounded by large plantations and may prove to be a great toehold for expanding in the future.
The convenience to the surrounding area is an attribute of Braewood’s. This area of the south is steeped in history providing a setting rich with culture.
Thomasville, GA: Deemed the “City of Roses” with a population of only 18,400, Thomasville is a reflection of how it used to be. Thomasville is a small, quaint town with a well-balanced dynamic and progressive edge. It features an historic downtown complete with cobblestone streets, a handful of fine restaurants, state-of- the-art hospitals, and cultural organizations that include a Center for the Arts. Enjoyable events and entertainment such as the Wildlife Arts Festival occur throughout the year. Incontestably, Thomasville is very charming.
Tallahassee, FL: Tallahassee offers the convenience to amenities more prevalent in larger cities, whether this may be fulfilling shopping needs, booking commercial flights, or attending sporting events at Florida State University. Tallahassee’s population is recorded to be 180,000 with a MSA of 375,000. Tallahassee is the capital of Florida.
Red Hills Plantation Belt: The Red Hills is a region of gently rolling hills that, post-Civil War, became a desirable place for wealthy northerners to acquire large tracts of land for the purpose of wintering and recreating. The recreation has been all about the bobwhite quail, as this area produces ideal habitat for their existence and it is here you will find the country’s strongest populations of wild quail. The fact the landscape today remains largely intact is a testament to the current and previous plantation owners and their dedication to stewardship and conservation. When your interests are the pursuit of upland birds, the Red Hills Plantation Belt is an area unto itself and worthy of a visit.
Lying within the United States’ humid subtropical zone, this area offers long warm summers and the most pleasant and mild of winters. Between November and March, the daily high temperatures average 68 degrees and low temperatures on average are 44 degrees. Precipitation usually peaks during the summer months with an average annual rainfall totaling 53 inches. The annual snowfall is reported as zero inches.
Certain southern landscapes are known for being enchanting and the Red Hills area captures this essence. Picture gigantic live oak trees drenched in Spanish moss, towering pine trees, and English Pointers traversing the wiregrass landscapes…it is truly brilliant!
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
There are no structural improvements on Braewood, thus offering a clean canvas for one to build to suit. The property has a nice internal road system.
The annual property taxes for Braewood are approximately $1,268.
Braewood offers a variety of recreational hunting opportunities, but most notably is the chance to own very productive wild quail land. This is the epicenter for an area known for its wild bobwhite quail populations and potential. Hundreds of thousands of neighboring acres are managed to promote quail and this collaboration has an intrinsic value that cannot be found elsewhere.
Worth noting, the highest ever documented density of bobwhites occurred on neighboring Sunny Hill Plantation in 2002 at a recorded 6 quail per acre in a standard 30-acre survey grid. These numbers aren’t typical, but it clearly shows the caliber of ground in this area. Undeniably, this is one of the last strongholds for wild quail and Braewood offers a unique experience for upland bird hunters.
The hardwood stands allow for a nice variety of game and an owner will enjoy quality turkey and deer hunting as well. Productive dove fields and duck impoundments could likely be developed.
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