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Crystal River, FL
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Florida’s Nature Coast Ham Paradise
Beautiful Views of the Sunset
Great Year-Round Fishing & Kayaking
No Antenna Restrictions
Attached Apartment for Rental or Parents

Location:  Crystal River, FL (Citrus County)

Asking Price: $649,000

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Ham Paradise on Florida’s Nature Coast

Enjoy beautiful views of the sunset, year round fishing and kayaking, and a great location for ham radio.

10 Acres of Land included in asking price — additional 20 Acres available for purchase separately – no tower or antenna restrictions.

Attached master suite / apartment has separate entrance and currently generates rental income via AirBnB, but could be for Parents, etc.

We are selling our dream home and would like it to be yours! Three years ago, our 28-year-old daughter-in-law had a stroke/brain aneurysm. She is 95 percent paralyzed. My wife, WB4RUN, has been taking care of her for three years at our son’s (WA4RUN) house in Orlando 24/7 and due to her condition. We realize we have to give up our custom dream home in Crystal River.

— Dave AL7HG

Location:

5395 N. Tumblewood Drive
Crystal River, FL 34428
Citrus County

Crystal River is on the Gulf coast. Our house is on a ridge, two miles east of the Crystal River. It is two miles northeast of downtown.

Introduction:

The four-bedroom, three-bath home on five acres was planned in a quiet location as our “forever” retirement home with a large ham shack/office/library near the front entrance. Behind the ham shack (east) there is a large living room and dining room, with a two-car garage beyond that. Most of the house has 12-foot ceilings. A large kitchen with a breakfast nook is north of the front rooms in the house. The kitchen has a large island in the middle, two more bedrooms and a bathroom beside it on the east side of the house.

In 1993 we decided to move to a quieter area. We already owned five acres in Crystal River and drove all over Florida looking at model houses. We found a Rutenburg home we loved in Naples, BUT it cost $1.5 million, in a gated community in a homeowner’s association and a ZERO lot-line. My wife discovered a contractor in Citrus County who represented Rutenburg Homes and modified the floor plan of the house in Naples, for our use in Crystal River. The house in Naples only had a small fourth bedroom at the back of that house — she enlarged the house in Crystal River with a master suite for my mother, which included a master bedroom, handicapped equipped bathroom with a seat in the shower, and accommodate a wheel chair. The master suite apartment has a private entrance going into a fully equipped private kitchen, breakfast bar and living room. A double sliding-glass door in the living room going out to the patio, with a spa and BBQ.

Anyone buying this house could use the apartment for a mother or father suite. My wife and I put this part of the house on AirBnB in January, and has produced an income of more than $3,000 per month. See: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/30706525

The house is in the middle of 30 acres divided into two five-acre, and two 10-acre lots (the house is on one of the five-acre lots). The five-acre parcel with the house is totally fenced with a 500-foot driveway leading from the cul de sac to the concrete drive way at the front of the house and leading to the garage with parking for six cars on the concrete outside the garage.

The asking price includes the house, the five-acre parcel it is on, and the adjacent five-acre parcel, for a total of 10 acres. The other two 10-acre parcels are available for sale and we can negotiate the price. The five-acre lots are zoned residential and the 10-acre lots are agricultural—none of the land has any restrictions and additional houses could be built on each parcel. The 10-acre parcel to the west of the house has 5-acres cleared and now has a dozen Black Angus cows owned by a neighbor there—it would be a great site for a beverage or curtain antenna.

When the contractor poured the house slab he poured two extra slabs for ham towers on the east and west where towers could be anchored to the house.Two 4-inch PVC pipes run from the shack under slab and exit at the bases of each tower. Each pipe accommodates five coaxial cables, plus control cables, on the west, on the slab, is a 60-foot AlumaTower with a three-element SteppIR all-band antenna. The slab on the west has a 40-foot steel tower with a six meter antenna and a multi-band discone with two-meter transmitting antenna and multi band receiving antenna. Both towers have these discones on top.

One-hundred feet of underground hardline runs due east to a 110-foot Rohn 25 tower. There is a six-position switch at the base of the tower (with an indoor control box in the shack) linking a Force12 MAG 340/520 beam, with three elements on 40 meters and five elements on 20 meters.

The tower on the east also has an 80 meter full-size dipole, a 40-meter full-size dipole and an all-band commercial dipole. The shack is fully equipped for DX and contest operation, it has four 220-AC outlets, and a 12-food ground connector.

 

Ham Radio Highlights:

  • 12 x 18 foot ham shack designed for multi purpose contesting and DXing with four 50-amp 220 outlets, two 4-inch PVC pipes going under the house slab to concrete slabs on the east and west side of the house.
  • Three towers on custom built concrete slabs on the east and west sides of the house:
    West Side: 60-foot heavy-duty AlumaTower with a 12-volt winch to adjust the tower from 25 to 60-feet, plus 15-foot mounting pole. There is a discone receiving antenna with a two-meter vertical antenna. The tower has a bracket on the bottom and is bolted into the concrete, so it can be folded-over-the electric power-line coming into the house was run underground to allow the tower to be laid down.
    East Side: 110-foot guyed Rohn-25 tower with a Force 7, MAG 340/520-dual band beam with individually fed coax for each band. Two 80- and 40-meter dipoles. Multi-band no-trap wire antenna, ready to be installed. I took down a 160-meter antenna that was on this tower.
    North Side: 60-foot steel tower, without antennas.
  • Ham Shack: The 12 x 18-foot ham shack has three custom-built wall-length wood shelves with a 12- x 2.5-foot desk, two desk drawers and five cabinets under the desk, plus a chair cut-out. The desk has two 220-AC outlets on each end of the desk to put amplifiers and transceivers for contest operation. On the bottom wall shelf, above the desk there is an eight-position antenna control switch with control cable going out to the base of the 110-foot tower, where coax comes down the tower from the antennas. There is also a two position switch that controls whether the operator is on 20 or 40 meters on the Force Seven, MAG 340/520—each band is fed by its own coax. The boom on the beam is 48-feet-long. The beams are turned with a Big Boy Rotor.

Home Highlights:

  • 4 bedrooms, plus ham shack next to the first master bedroom and master bath with a garden tub and walk-in shower.
  • Large kitchen with all steel appliances: double convection ovens, dishwasher, five-burner gas stove and two-door refrigerator.
  • Fully equipped kitchen in the mother-in-law unit with electric stove and oven, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator/freezer.
  • Energy-efficient refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, electric water heater and Hayward pool heater with energy-saving heat pump.
  • Automatic solar thermostatically controlled swimming pool and spa heating system.
  • Adjacent laundry room, washer and dryer included.
  • Two-car garage, with floored area above garage for storage.
  • Energy-efficient
  • Three new individual revers-cycle A/C units thermostatically controlled controls
  • Family room with gas-fired fireplace.
  • Rooms on the west side of the house have a dozen sliding-glass doors. The doors in the master bedroom, living room, kitchen nook/kitchen, family room and mother-in-law living room open onto the patio and pool area—most fold into the wall to provide OPEN-AIR feelings in the rooms.
  • Enclosed pool area with spa and brick-paved patio with BBQ. Pool equipment includes an energy-efficient Hayward electric heat to heat to back up the Hayward automatic solar pool heater during winter nights.
  • Includes a tool shed with a reinforced floor to house a collector’s car.

Price:

  • This property has four parcels which total 30 acres.  This includes two 5-acre parcels and two 10-acre parcels.
  • The home is on one of the 5-acre parcels. The five-acre parcel east of the house has a 110 foot Rohn 25 with a Force 12, MAG 340/520
  • Asking price is $649,000 for the home and both 5-acre parcels (total of 10 acres)
  • The two 10-acre parcels are also available for sale, price negotiable.

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