My husband and I have looked at four acreages
now. We are not getting too excited about it yet because we would prefer
to sell the condo in town first (rather than having to make an annoying
conditional offer than might not be accepted). But we wanted to see what
was out there in our budget so we could get a feel for what we could afford and
visualize what kind of property set-up we liked best.
So what’s out there in our budget?
I don’t want to share a ton of details on
properties that are not mine but I do want to capture some of the acreage
shopping journey. I made these little legends for pricetag and location :)
$ - super affordable, like me working
$$ - In budget
$$$ - Would be a stretch, price would have to
& - super close, 30 mins and under to
&& - drivable distance to downtown
(30mins – 45mins range)
&&& - close to our maximum driving
distance, which is 60 mins max from downtown
Acreage Number One
Price tag: $$
Land size: 4.6 acres
Notes: This first place we looked at by far
had the nicest house so far, it was about 15 years old and had been moved to
the property (the moved part made me a little nervous but besides some cracking
on the front door frame I wouldn’t have really noticed). The garage was
really nice. I’ve been parking my car outdoors for the last 15 years and
having an actual attached garage sounds pretty spectacular for those lovely -20
The land size felt a bit small to us and the
pasture was dried out weeds and was not anywhere near being ready for
ponies. Also the placement of the pasture in relation to the
house/driveway would have been even smaller just because of the way the
property was set up. The price seemed quite fair but since neither of us
could really picture three horses living there - and the horses are the whole point of an acreage. This property helped
us realize that we would prefer 7 acres or more. It is now sold.
Acreage Number Two
Price tag: $$$
Land size: 10 acres
Notes: We were quite divided on this
property. I didn’t actually want to look at it at all. The house
looked like a weird mobile home and something about it I just didn’t
like. But after repeatedly pointing out to me that it was 10 acres… my
husband got me to go have a look.
I was hard on this house. It has a big
price tag for what it is. And the owners left boxes of garbage everywhere
in the house. It’s been for sale for almost two years, I feel like in
that time they could have cleaned up at least a little bit. The basement
was unfinished and it was hard to get a sense of the space because of the
amount of boxes, garbage and filth down there.
It had a giant shop so my husband was pretty
much in love with it. But there was no garage to park my car and
the shop was not insulated/heated so I wasn’t as thrilled about it. The
land size was nice, I’ll give it that. And the road out front was very
quiet and would be pretty excellent to ride down. There aren’t really any
close neighbours so it’s quite private too.
My husband really liked it. I was
annoyed that they slapped such a huge price tag on it and didn’t bother to
clean it up. If the price drops more or my husband and I are feeling bold
about making an offensive low ball offer I would consider looking it
again. It is still currently available.
Acreage Number Three
Price tag: $$
Land size: 7.22 acres
Notes: This was kind of a sad
house. The owner had become ill and this house had fallen into
disrepair. The septic system needed to be replaced completely. But
this house would be way out of our budget for its location if it wasn’t in such
rough shape. We wanted to see how much work it would need to be livable.
It was a fairly original 1950s house with sort
of a strange floor plan. I really liked the upstairs/mainfloor. It needed
some paint, new appliances and new flooring - but it felt homey to me. My
husband and the realtor both found it creepy. Once we got into the
basement I started to agree. The basement smelled moldy and was full of
garbage. The three car garage had one section that was full to the roof
garbage. The front porch was unsafe to walk on and there were huge holes
everywhere in the front yard. There was a lot of water damage from a skylight and the windows were original. Also carpet in the bathrooms... one of my biggest pet peeves.
The property had nice mature trees and besides
the holes the yard was cute.
I was totally on board
with this property until we got to the basement. It felt like too big of
a project to us and the issues with the septic made us nervous. It is
currently still available.
Acreage Number Four:
Price tag: $
Land size: 8.5ish
Notes:This was a cute log house that I
quite liked in the photos.I liked it in
person too, although it felt a bit small and dark inside. The upstairs needed some updating (and maybe
a skylight or more lighting so it didn’t feel like cave…)
The basement was
creepy and kind of disgusting… it had plywood walls… and the bathroom was
wallpapered with naked women posters… and there was a room with no windows or
lights in it… only a bed.*HUGE CRINGE*
Anyway, when we walked
outside I fell in love with land.The
trees are beautiful and the ditches around the property look perfect for
riding.There are no visible neighbors
and the property is quite private #hermitlifeyo
I felt the wind in my
hair and the sun on my face… and I felt like I was home.My husband was not as excited, mostly because…
There are a lot of
derelict outbuildings that need to be removed, which is not great.I did see a bat for the first time, so that
This property is in
our maybe pile.We like the price tag
and the land but the house requires a lot of $$ to work for us, the janky
outbuildings need to go and it is quite far away.I would live there like tomorrow but my
husband is the handy one who has to do all the work haha, so he needs to be on
board.But the big plus for me is that
we could afford this place whether the condo sells or not… so yeah. This property is still currently available.
Weed control goats near my office!
I'm not sure if we've found "the one" yet but it interesting to get some more information about what's available. But there are a few more shopping excursions coming up soon! If anyone has any acreage shopping tips to keep in mind I am such a noob about this and am happy to hear any thoughts or suggestions!