Merri Acres Farm
Dunlap, TN 37327


1,470 Acres


Merri Acres Farm has been in the same family for 100 years and is now available to provide a new family legacy. Features include three miles of Cumberland Plateau bluff in the back of the property that drops down to its’s lush green fields of the Sequatchie Valley, fenced and cross fenced for cattle, five named creeks/branches that cascade down from the bluff, 4500 square foot home, well established dove field with local fame for its successful hunts, pond (additional pond site identified by NRCS), barn, pole barn, concrete outbuilding and numerous planted and natural tree species. Land Stewardship initiatives have included the planting of 5,000 walnut trees, 5000 white oaks, 5,000 swamp oaks, 19,000 pines and 5,000 fruit trees and fruit bearing shrubs. An enchanting canopied driveway leads to the farm house that has room for the entire family and friends with the ability to sleep 25. Views from the house include the established garden and orchard, 90 year old barn, and grazing cattle. House has both spring water and city water. This is truly a self-sufficient property in uncertain times. Being located on the Cumberland Plateau the property provides four distinctively beautiful seasons. Colorful springs, as evidenced in the pictures, warm summers, crisp autumns and mild winters. The elevation allows for more comfortable temperatures and much lower humidity. Target wildlife species are in abundance and the deer herd has been properly maintained by the hunters leasing the property. Caretaker has maintained the farm for 25 years and would welcome the opportunity to continue his duties. Pond Creek, Lamb Creek, Clark Branch, Johnson Branch and Austin Branch originate on the bluff top and make their way through the property. Mountain laurels and ferns surround the creek bottoms. With all the water on the property there is the ability to create additional cattle ponds or recreational fishing lakes. Income potential from minerals, timber, hunting lease and infrastructure for larger cattle operation. Cattle troughs are gravity fed with spring water providing fresh water 24/7. Fencing in place so cattle can easily be transferred to a multitude of grazing options. Bluff is an ideal location for hang glider launching and was previously leased to a commercial operation. Residential or commercial development potential in an OPPORTUNITY ZONE: Eight additional water taps strategically placed on the road frontage surrounding the property, neighbors Mount Airy public golf course, 4200 feet of frontage on Old State Highway 28, 3649 feet of frontage on west side of Highway 127, 1470 feet of frontage of frontage on east side of 127, 470 feet of frontage on Sutherland Rd and North border provides 1694 feet of frontage on Pope Rd within the eastern and western walls of the Sequatchie Valley. Water, power, gas and cable available at the vast majority of the road frontage. Bluff top lots are available for development as well that sit at an elevation of 1800ft, well in place and provide breathtaking views. Two and a half miles via Highway 127 to Highway 111. Just five miles north of the city of Dunlap, which provides retail, restaurants and emergency medical care all within 40 minutes of Chattanooga.
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Laura Frances has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate management. She joined Covey Rise Properties after serving as the Transaction Manager at Maynard Cooper & Gale Law Firm, and then assisted Attorney Talbott Ottinger with the transition into his own firm. Prior to her work in Real Estate Law, she was the Operations Manager for a top producing real estate team for 5 years and assisted buyers and sellers of her own as an Affiliate Broker. Her responsibilities included supervising business-critical processes, leading workflow on multi-unit developments, creating marketing content, developing and streamlining operations to supporting a seven agent team. In addition to providing the right tools, creative marketing, and streamlining transaction workflow, Laura Frances’ passion is to provide the best customer service to make sure the needs of her buyers and sellers are met.

A longtime dream came true in August of 2020 when she, her son, and her husband moved out of Nashville’s city center and settled on a farm in Lewis County, TN. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, tending to the blueberries and garden, taking part in projects with her husband, making art, and entertaining guests on the farm.
Tennessee Land & Farm Broker_McKenna Botsford_Covey Rise Properties
With years of experience in investment Real Estate and home renovations, McKenna sees potential within every property she steps into. Her father’s career in residential and developer financing, in conjunction with her mother’s career in architecture design, has played a large part in her passion for real estate, design, and property investment. With a degree in Business Marketing, McKenna has successfully blended all of her education, experience and passion into one goal… helping people find, purchase and develop their property to its greatest potential. After graduating college she partnered up with her mom and founded their home renovation business. Focusing on homes that are nestled on unique plots of land in the surrounding areas of Franklin, has allowed them to venture into the land development side of real estate. Joining Covey Rise Properties as an Affiliate Broker and Customer Relations Concierge allows McKenna to represent both buyers and sellers while providing the highest level of customer experience. She believes in building relationships that last far beyond the buying/selling process. In her free time she is usually outdoors with her Australian Shepherd puppy, finding new trails to run or with her families farm animals in Leipers Fork, TN.
Finn is a three year old English Cocker Spaniel that is the face of Covey Rise Properties. After a troubled start of eating shoes, jackets and furniture Finn went to boarding school at Southern Tradition Kennels in Leesburg, Georgia, where he was taught the ways of upland and waterfowl hunting. He came back a new dog and is one of the most fun-loving well behaved dogs you will meet. Finn is present on most showings riding in the UTV helping entertain clients.

When Finn is not selling farms he can be found in his happy places of chasing quail and ducks or a relaxing swim in one of Tennessee’s beautiful waterways.
Nora grew up in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts before moving to the Adirondack Mountains in New York where she worked in real estate. She has also resided in Vermont. Nora has lived and worked in many beautiful places, but she finally found her home in Middle Tennessee. It was in Leipers Fork where she first fell in love with Tennessee. This community welcomed her many years ago and she has continued to build relationships with the residents and visitors over the years. Aside from her passion for real estate, she also loves horses and has been a horse woman since she was able to form sentences. She enjoys traveling with her Quarter Horse, Steel, who has been with her since he was 6 months old. Nora understands the needs of horse enthusiasts as well as the attributes desired in a horse farm. In addition to working with horse enthusiasts, she also specializes in lifestyle properties, assisting both buyers and sellers. Nora puts 100% effort into everything she does for her clients and customers and is ready to assist you in finding the property of your dreams. Nora’s philosophy is to live where you would vacation!
Tennessee Land & Farm Broker_Tom Sullivan_Covey Rise Properties
Tom has a deep-rooted passion for selling land that exudes from any conversation with him about land and farms. As a Tennessee native, Tom is knowledgeable about every region of the State of Tennessee, with a focus on Middle Tennessee. His ten-year stint in the Plantation Belt of Albany, Georgia further instilled a love for the land and the allure of land ownership. Tom’s experience in the corporate world also taught him that it is important to not only be a good steward of the land, but equally important, to be a good steward of his client’s money. He is very knowledgeable with regards to land acquisition for investment, and a strong believer that land is one of the safest asset classes to place money. He has consistently been in the top 1% in sales volume in Tennessee. As a farm owner himself, Tom has experienced the self-fulfillment that there is “nothing like a farm”. His farm in Williamson County is complete with a guest cottage, party barn, spring creek, pond, UTV’s, four wheelers, tractors and an antique truck, that is always open as a model farm to those wanting to test drive the lifestyle they are seeking. Tom lives in Nolensville, TN with his wife Kate and his two children, Huck and Savannah.