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A Road Trip Led One Family to This Massachusetts Home. Now They’re Off to a New Destination.

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About 20 acres of land in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley are on the market for $3.26 million.

Local brokers say the property, which is large for the area and boasts mountain views, would be the most expensive property in the Pioneer Valley in at least a decade if it hits the asking price.

The five-bedroom, approximately 3,000-square-foot home is located in the town of West Hampton, Hampshire County, about two hours from Boston. The owners are Ken Richard, former vice president of Xerox, and his wife, Maria Barbuza.

The couple ended up in Westhampton in 2000 after leaving their California home on a road trip without a destination to find a safe neighborhood with good schools for their growing family. He said he worked remotely as an executive at sales and marketing firm Latincor.

“We ended up in Boston, but we didn’t get the land we wanted,” Richard said. “So we headed west and stopped every half hour to ask the broker what was available.”

Barbuzza said they bought the Westhampton property for less than $450,000. Over the next two years, they spent about $500,000 expanding and remodeling the home. The design was done by Mr. Barbuzza, who is an architect by training. Since then, they have spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on landscaping and additional renovations, Barbuza said.

The owner said he spent about $500,000 on expanding and remodeling the home, plus “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on landscaping and additional renovations. Julie Bidwell (3)

The property has views of the Metacomet Ridge mountains and is adjacent to a dairy and farm store that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Built in 1997, this home includes a playroom, library, and solarium. The great room features a two-sided fireplace with a polished black stone base, white marble mantel, reclaimed wood mantel ledges, and a copper chimney.

The estate grows alfalfa for neighboring farms, they said.

Richard, who was also a former vice president of an Atlanta-based software company

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is currently enrolled in law school. The couple said they are selling the house because their two daughters are grown and they are moving to Colorado to enjoy skiing. They represent themselves on the list.

The property is adjacent to Historic Dairy.


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Julie Bidwell

The largely rural Pioneer Valley is known for its many colleges and historic sites, including the home of 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. Richard said he especially misses visiting the local sugar factories that produce maple syrup.

The largest Pioneer Valley sale in recent years was a $2.35 million deal in May, according to Carrie Blair, a local broker for Keller-Williams Pioneer Valley who was not involved in the listing. Over the past three months, Hampshire County has recorded about a 60% increase in luxury home sales across multiple listing services compared to the same period last year, Blair said.

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