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Monday, April 10, 2017

Annandale Road farm for sale

The farm on Annandale Road.
The “farm” on Annandale Road is on the market for $3 million. The owners, Bobbi Ngo and her husband, have been growing vegetables and herbs on their 2.1-acre yard since they moved there more than 30 years ago.

The house is a modest, brick two-story rambler built in 1951 with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, but such a huge lot is rare inside the beltway. The property is zoned R-2, which means it could support four new houses without rezoning.

The green plants on the left are chives.
The owners are moving to the Tampa area in Florida because the winters are too cold here. They already have a place with fruit trees where they will be able to garden year-round and grow crops that do well in warm weather.

The Fairfax County zoning ordinance doesn’t permit them to advertise the crops they grow on Annandale Road or post a sign but people who know the place stop by to purchase produce.

Virtually the entire yard is used for cultivating vegetables and herbs common in Asia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa.

Bobbi Ngo working on the farm.
Among the crops grown on the farm: long squash, calabash, bitter melon, winter melon, sweet potato greens, Indian spinach, Asian pumpkins, jute, mustard greens, lettuce, Thai basil, lemon balm, cilantro, chives, peppermint, spearmint, cucumbers, garlic, and amaranth.

They don’t use pesticides and only use organic fertilizers. A tall fence keeps the deer out, and foxes take care of the rabbits.

Interested buyers should contact Catherine Hoang, Weichert Realtors, 703-624-8118. 

7 comments:

  1. I really, really, really hope that whoever buys the land will continue to use it as a farm. Really.

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  2. Who can afford to buy the land for $3 million to use it as a farm? Especially a farm that is prohibited from marketing its products? I really really really hope someone can buy the property for $3 million and finance the purchase by selling their produce at local farmers markets. Really.

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  3. What?!?!? A cash grab squatting on a piece of real estate in Northern Virginia? You don't say...

    Look...I celebrate capitalism as much as the next guy and while I do not know the Ngos, it is simply unreasonable to sell that piece of property for $3M and expect that it will continue to operate as a farm. The economics of that simply don't make sense. I wish them the best and hope they wring every last cent out of their sale!

    It will be purchased and re-developed. I'm hoping they build a mattress store and an upline burger joint. We just don't have enough of those around here...y'know?

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  4. More townhouses on the way!

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  5. Someone will probably build a taco factory there.

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  6. It will be more townhomes, because that is all Mason District will build. Dooming it for the future. Can we get some homes?

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    1. Sure! How about several dozen McMansions on postage-stamp sized plots?

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