Danille Bkack wrote:We have a small property near town, but I’ve always dreamed of having more land. We can’t afford much nearby, but there are some affordable acreages (5-10 acres) about 2 hours away. Some have small houses on them, some are just land. I’m wondering if it might be an idea to purchase this land for the future. We could start by using it on some weekends and growing fruit trees, then retire out there. We are just 30 now so would have lots of time to get something going by then.
Is this something people do? Are there things we can grow without having to water regularly? I was thinking I could plant a bunch of berries. We live in Alberta, Canada, so the growing season is only about 4 months and it is not super dry or hot. Thanks for any advice. It’s just kind of a pipe dream,
Todd Parr wrote:
I can give you one perspective on it, but your situation may be much different. My brother and his wife did something similar, but his land had an older cabin on it. They bought it more as a place to get away on weekends and just to get out of the city-ish area they live in. They worked really hard on the place almost every weekend. It quickly got to the point where they felt guilty that they weren't working on it and did something else on the weekend because they had so much they thought they needed to get done there. It was like they thought since they invested money in it, it was a waste if they didn't use it. Two hours is about how far they have to go to get there, and that adds up pretty quickly. It's much different than if you have land 15 minutes away. You have to plan it more, you have to pack the things you will need if you stay overnight there and 4 hours of driving in one day is a lot if you are working hard at something for hours in the middle of it. All that is considering they had a dry, comfortable place to sleep while they were there. They spent more than a year at it to the point where they were just burnt out and now they rarely go there and are planning to sell it.
None of that is said to dissuade you from doing it, and it may work out really well for you, especially if you aren't in any kind of a hurry. Most of the work they had to do was on the cabin and you won't have that do deal with. I just think it's important to go in with your eyes open. Best of luck to you whatever you decide.
Chris Kott wrote:Hi Danielle,
Todd has raised some valid concerns. The fact that it is an investment in time can't be ignored. It may colour how you feel about it over time, if it's not a lifestyle that actually suits you, or engender a feeling of obligation...,,