Dylan Gillies wrote:Norma, I wish I knew the areas what you were talking about! An over view of aspects like climate, hardiness zone, types of vegetation...the small details ya know
Jeremy Butler wrote:While I have no experience buying land, I read this a while ago and thought it could be a pretty good way to go about doing it.
James Everett wrote: So with it I know I wanted fishing so that was one of my goals it to have a pond and the land sits perfect on a natural draw albeit dry most of the time but I hope to bring the water table back up to where i can have a pond in the future.
Dylan Gillies wrote:
I've seen so many videos and webinars of young people who somehow can buy land, quit their jobs to move into their property. How the hell?! I just don't quite get it... but I'd love to hear your story of similar success just for my pleasure and inspiration.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:The story of my farming life is that people come up to me and say. "I wish that you would farm my land." They don't want money, or vegetables, or my time. They just wish that someone that they know and respect would take care of their land for them, so that it isn't such a burden to them. They continue to pay the taxes and for irrigation water. I just manage the land as if it were my own.
I am constantly turning down these sorts of offers because I am already taking care of all the land I can use effectively.
Kyrt Ryder wrote:28 [Just turned last month in fact] living in Graham with family while saving up for my land [and blessed to have 5 acres of family property to homestead in the meantime.]
Are you set on this region? It's very expensive here compared to some others [but it is a favorable climate and I'm not planning to leave.]
As to finding the land you're looking for, can you give me a size bracket? My own target of over 100 acres is very different from... say... 20 acres which is also quite different from 4.
Also, are you picky about topography? I actually prefer to have plentiful slope to the land to move water around.
Jami Gaither wrote:Here's my tale. The golden nugget embedded here is to check bulletin boards close to where you want to buy land.
Devin Lavign wrote: As with Jami it might seem like a magical stream current of perfect coincidences and synchronicity
Richard Jones wrote:When I was 27 back in 1979, 13 of us hippies bought a 120 acre private inholding in the Cleveland National Forest. We paid it off in 1992. It is a remote canyon with a year round artesian spring and live oak trees. We own it as a non profit mutual benefit corp. We pay $35 a month each for taxes and insurance. Cost of land plus dues to now is about $21,000 for each member. Only 3 of us now use the land regularly. We all make weekly 50 mile trips to San Diego for supplies and socializing. In 2013, I took Paul Wheaton's class when he was down here and built a hugelkultur. It works! Last year, I got peas, Egyptian spinach and squash late winter to early summer. Rainwater drains off the fire road into swales on the high side of it and forms a pond for a few days. In 2015, a student of Geoff Lawton almost joined us, but chickened out. I know, it's a weird deal and you have to get along with other humans - yuk! But, if anyone wants a tour, I will show you around. My vision is of a tiny house village. Not sure if a wofati could be made from gnarly dead oak trees. Good luck in your search everyone. Maybe this story will help some how.
Cynthia Quilici wrote:I want to repeat Nicole's advice, above, about property with existing infrastructure. I bought raw land but it is taking significant amounts of money to develop (driveway, well, required septic, development taxes..). In hindsight we should have looked for the crappiest trailer going that already had those things wrapped in. Instead of paying 2017 prices for a driveway (for example), you end up effectively paying the 1937/1950 /1978 price...
After paying $1500/acre for the raw land, in order to build on my property I had to take a minimum of 2 acres out of the "Current Use" ag/forestry prop. tax reduction program. The town came by and valued the two acres at $50k!! I gritted my teeth and paid because I have just not been in the right headspace to fight the valuation. Meanwhile, if I had gone the crappy-trailer route it would have been a while before improvements would have drawn a great deal of notice...