Welcome to The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm, a place where the ease of country living meets the convenience of suburbia. This neighborhood is one of Manakin Sabot’s, and Goochland County’s, most beautiful and original creations, with homes spanning over many decades. In fact, the very first home in The Meadows is original to the land – the home of Joe Brooke himself.
Also known as The Meadows as Manakin, this subdivision was developed on land that once belonged to a Virginia farmer, Joe Brooke. His estate encompassed more than 1,000 acres of prime wooded countryside, and his massive home still stands today. The Joe Brooke house is perhaps the oldest home in all of Goochland County and was built in the early to mid 1700s.
When the developers purchased and began to build upon the land in the late 1980s, great care was taken to keep with the original “estate” feel. Stone pillars sit at both sides of the entrance off of River Road, and there are charming decorative gates to enhance the look. Carved stone signage displays the subdivision’s name in a tasteful way. Black horse fencing surrounds the perimeter of The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm, which only adds to the ambiance of this highly sought after community.
The homes of The Meadows at Joe Brooke are not visible from River Road, any of the surrounding roadways or from surrounding subdivisions, as many of the land’s original trees are still in place. Heavily wooded lots maintain privacy of each and every resident, as does the impressive spacing between the properties. Each lot includes between 4 and 6 acres of land, and in all, the approximately 140 homes within The Meadows are spread over the original 1,000-plus acres of the farm. Purposefully vacant land and open common areas also help in keeping with the feel of a single, private estate rather than a modern subdivision.
Upon entering the subdivision, the main road, which actually used to be the main drive for the Joe Brooke Estate, winds back through open spaces and thick wooded areas before any of the homes come into sight. Once in the inhabited portion of the subdivision, stunning examples of architecture can be found at every turn. All of the houses in The Meadows are designed by professional architects and approved by The Meadows Community Association prior to construction. Attention to detail ensures that all of the properties have cohesive features that tie the neighborhood together. Home styles found throughout the subdivision include Georgian, Cape Cod, Traditional, Dutch Colonial, English-inspired residences and other timeless styles. The vast majority of the homes were erected between 1992 and 2006.
One thing you will not see in The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farms is power lines. During the building Midlothian Enterprises took great care to bury all of the utility and high-speed lines throughout the neighborhood to maintain a peaceful and natural feel to the neighborhood.
While the surroundings of The Meadows transport residents back in time, the amenities the community offers are anything but outdated. Strolling through this neighborhood is made possible, thanks to over 6 miles of lush, tree-lined roadways. The roads – and common spaces – are maintained by the community association and, as such, are always well-kept and in a state of good repair. The slow flow of traffic and tight-knit community make it possible for even children to roam about.
There is a beautiful park within the subdivision, and with a large covered pavilion and plenty of picnic tables, it is a lovely spot to enjoy the tranquil surroundings this area has to offer. From the park, there are miles of trails to explore. Both hikers and horseback riders are welcome to explore the pathways, which are lined with cedar and magnolia trees and look out over one of the other great offerings of the subdivision: Dover Lake.
This 115-acre reservoir is shared with Sabot Hill Farm and is renowned as one of Goochland County’s most impressive fishing holes. Dover Lake is filled with crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout, perch, bullhead and other types of fish, but it is the prize-winning largemouth bass that draw in anglers from all over Goochland and beyond. Electric-powered boats are welcome on the lake, as are fly fishermen and those that choose to fish from the shoreline.
Besides fishing, Dover Lake is a hotspot for water activities of other kinds, as well. Residents of The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and, of course, swimming. The Meadows’ park offers racks for electric water equipment, for the convenience of residents.
Those homeowners looking for entertainment, or possibly even shopping, outside of the subdivision gates are spoilt for options. The Meadows at Manakin is a mere 15-minute drive from all of the interesting shops and delicious restaurants of Short Pump. Short Pump Towne Center is well-known throughout Goochland as the place to go for all your shopping needs, with its impressive selection of retailers. Heading a little further out on Interstate 64 puts Richmond’s offerings less than 40 minutes away from most of the homes in The Meadows.
If it is comradery rather than retail therapy you seek, some of the region’s best country clubs and golf courses are located within easy driving distance of The Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm. In fact, Richmond and Hermitage Country Clubs are just minutes from the subdivision. Kinloch is also within easy reach. Golf, tennis and other recreational offerings allow visitors to get out and enjoy what this area of Virginia is best known for, its natural beauty.