The undeniable appeal of rural living is fully apparent in Mill Forest. This planned community is located centrally within Goochland County, Virginia in the Sandy Hook area. The neighborhood is easily accessible for homeowners and visitors alike and is a commuter’s dream, thanks to its location right off the Gum Spring exit of Interstate 64. Mill Forest is also set conveniently between two of the region’s very popular cities: Short Pump and Charlottesville. The location within the county means that everything residents could desire is right at their fingertips.
Mill Forest has a total of around 100 lots with many of the home sites within the neighborhood already developed. The lots are quite spacious in Mill Forest, with most measuring in at over an acre in size and some of the largest measuring in at well-over 10 acres. Tall native trees are scattered throughout the subdivision and add further privacy to the generous lots. In fact, this neighborhood is so far-removed from the surrounding subdivisions that no other communities can be seen while in Mill Forest. When the lush greenery of the home sites and common areas meets the ambiance of Rockett Creek in the rear of the subdivision and the beautiful blue skies of the country, it is easy to see why Mill Forest has become such a hot commodity in Goochland.
With the small size of Mill Forest comes an exclusive nature. Homes are never on the market for long, so buyers are encouraged to act quickly. The houses in the neighborhood are relatively newer in construction and are built in appealing traditional and transitional designs. Because the natural topography of the land has not been compromised during the development process, many of the homes feature unique architectural elements, such as raised back decks overlooking the wooded surroundings. A mixture of brick- and siding-clad homes allows each residence to have an individual look; however, the cohesive nature of the subdivision as a whole is evident, thanks to the common home styles.
Inside, the residences in this neighborhood are just as appealing. Because the homes in Mill Forest were constructed after the year 2000, the finishes are modern and appealing. High-end touches such as large windows, crown molding and well-appointed kitchens are only some of the added features that increase the desirability of the homes in this subdivision. Of course, cable is available to residents, but with the rural setting, it has often difficult to get high-speed Internet. Luckily for residents of this planned community, Comcast is now available, and homeowners are now fully connected.
Navigating Mill Forest
Commuters looking for a subdivision near major roadways need not look any further than Mill Forest. U.S. Route 522 is set just to the east of the neighborhood, while Route 250 is just a little further out. Those drivers that need access to Short Pump or even Charlottesville are offered the convenience of Interstate 64 just minutes from Mill Forest. With this proximity, the drive to and from the neighborhood is one of ease.
The way Mill Forest is setup, there are two entry points for the subdivision: one off of Whitehall Road and another directly off of Route 522. The main entrance for the subdivision is at the intersection of William Trace Lane, and this is most easily accessed from Whitehall Road. This road, as well as the other lead-in route, Mill Trace Lane, are long and winding, giving residents further into the subdivision plenty of privacy.
Inside the subdivision, the main thoroughfare is Rock Cress Lane; the vast majority of the smaller streets branch off of this road. Because nearly every street in Mill Forest ends in a cul-de-sac, there is very little through traffic. This makes the neighborhood safer for walkers, joggers and bike riders.
Parks and Recreation
One of the most important things that makes a house a home is the community that surrounds it. Just outside of the subdivision in Goochland County, there are numerous parks and recreation options available to residents. From organized sports to open play space, there is something for everyone in Goochland.
Popular amongst residents of all ages, Leakes Mill Park is one of the region’s most beautiful offerings. The park is spread over nearly 170 acres and features playgrounds, walking trails and thoughtfully designed picnic areas. Because this park features two irrigated athletic fields, it is perfect for sports of all types. In fact, the Goochland United Soccer Association calls the fields at Leakes Mill Park home.
Another favorite amongst Goochland’s occupants is Hidden Rock Park. This facility may be smaller in size than Leakes Mill, yet its amenities are unbeatable. In addition to picnic shelters, a large playground and public restrooms, the park also boasts lighted baseball and softball diamonds – both youth and full-size. For those that enjoy other sports, Hidden Rock offers an asphalt basketball court, volleyball facilities and youth soccer fields. This park is favorite amongst Goochland’s youth leagues.
The Reynolds Recreation Complex is set on the campus of Reynolds Community College and features tennis courts and baseball/softball fields for sports enthusiasts, and beautiful picnic facilities for onlookers. Fishermen are invited to cast a line in the complex’s large pond.
Also a park with water, Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing is situated along the banks of the James River. Meandering nature trails offer a way to relax in nature while enjoying the serenity of the flowing water. There is also a small outdoor performance area within this 36-acre park.