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what do you think about this plot?

 
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I just bought a home so I'm in no position to buy land at the moment, but I was curious and decided to look at some listings.

Why do you think this is so cheap (for California), and would this land be suitable for growing anything? (as best as I can tell, the elevation is around 6000 ft)

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/14201-Black-Ave-Frazier-Park-CA-93225/2114240243_zpid/

I was going to post this in the main permaculture subforum, but since I'm a new user I suspect someone would think it's a lame attempt at real estate spam. I swear it isn't! Just curious! I wish I could afford an acre or more of land.
 
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I used to live in Northridge, and have taught several various climbing, winter camping, backpacking and other outdoors classes around Mt Pinos/Frazier Park. At one point in ~2006 I even scouted real estate, and like everything at that time it was ridiculously overpriced due to rampant speculation and development (mostly further S along the Grapevine). While studying geology my Seismology class took a fieldtrip to Frazier Park area to see the trenches that have been cut across historically active fault scarps, along one strand of the San Andreas Fault . Once you make that connection and realize all those dramatic, triangular-shaped steep hillsides reflect seismically active zones...you tend to look elsewhere for land.

I doubt there's water. This area's a weird blend of singlewides and upscale vacation cabins and ranches, the dirt-poor living besides the super rich. It's a 1.5~3 hr commute to the San Fernando Valley and I hear traffic's now far worse. I'd be looking further back in the hills, maybe following the 33 S towards Ojai: use googleearth to scan for green strips running perpendicular to the topography to identify wet areas. AVOID green strips running parallel to contours, close to the base of any slope: fault scarps act as conduits for upwardly moving groundwater. Building atop a fault is just a really bad idea.

Good luck!
 
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Thanks Jack! No wonder it's so cheap
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