Sue Marie wrote:
Each time I find a magical property that isn’t bedded between these toxic waste sites, it’s unfeasible for some other reason (deep in the flooding mountains of Appalachia, poised to be covered in smoke from wildfires, actually going to be on fire soon, etc).
this is becoming the weird reality for the west. i laughed out loud when i read this, but a dark laugh. i tried so much to ground out in the klamath knot, and i miss it all the time. but being in a place where its like you sit there and think someday this will all be on FIRE! its...a very unsettling vibe. its this mostly that keeps me from returning to nor cal and trying to manifest there.
Sue Marie wrote:
What are the REALLY important qualities of a property and what can be compromised?
I know about checking on zoning and all that, which of course is an entirely different obstacle, and an enormous one. But how much am I worrying too much about all these things that no one else (in regular America) seems to care about?
I’m sorry if this question is offensive or ignorant. I need some help. I’m truly at my wits’ end.
this is definitely an individual thing, so maybe you need to do some brainstorming and refining, write it all out on a piece of paper (or like ten pieces of paper- do it several times) - whats the list of things that are priority to you, whats the secondary things that would be nice as a bonus.
i've travelled around a lot, and explored a lot. i get restless too, i know i moved a ton in my life. so looking for land it gets to be if i go for this one thing, then what other better possibilities am i excluding...ah idk how to explain but its tough if you get to ahead of yourself with too much pressure to find a forever place. find a place you like now, try it out see how far you get if you do really like it. its intimidating though to think about making that long term commitment to one place, but i try not to think of it that way. you can always shift later or sell it or whatever else/ share it rent it out etc.
i dont know if thats relevant to you, but it is for me - i dont have to figure out the next 50 years. just get a plan for the now and the next 2-5 years. see what happens. it makes it a bit easier to settle on one area and not feel too overwhelmed with the hugeness of the rest of my life or whatever.
anywho from my travels and exploring i think the best areas of the country are
- the whole west coast (really rural parts to have your no toxic city stuff) but its so darn expensive and over priced, and then theres the whole this could be catching on fire soon thing!
the northeast, thats where i have settled on - new england, which is also where i am from so thats an obvious one for me. theres a lot of good cheap old farm lands and homestead and raw land at a good price. you gotta be able to deal with winter.
and appalaichia as you mention, the ozarks, north carolina has some cool stuff, cheap land and a mostly ok climate except for how hot it can get.
idk as i said its so individual though with what you want, and what you can tolerate, and what your climate needs are. i would rather live in a warmer place than new england but idk...thats like the only real big downside, imo. i like everything else about it, and thats what i settled on. for now -anyway =)