Homestead in South Carolina??

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  1. earthkitty

    earthkitty Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We are looking for a farm to lease/rent in South Carolina. We have sheep, chickens and ducks, cats and dogs. I really don't want to sell all of our animals and start over.

    Hubby is from South Carolina, and wants to go home. This is unexpected as we just began setting up our farm here last year, but we just got back from spending two weeks there for his father's funeral and hubby feels the need to go back and be with his family.

    I've been looking online, and I can't find ANY kind of self sufficient homestead like we have here, with gardens and fruit trees and wood stove and chicken coop, etc. If we found the right place we might eventually buy, but from what I've seen so far I don't think people "homestead" like we do here in Kansas! All I can find are 5 acre "yards" or 100 acre million dollar plantations.

    If anyone knows of a place, please let me know. We would like to be in the Sumter/Santee/St Matthews area, but we will look at anything.

    Thanks!


    Also, do people homestead in South Carolina? I haven't even seen any real estate for sale that would fit our farm life. It goes against my S&EP mantra to move to the coast, but that is where hubbby is happy.
     
  2. BarbadosSheep

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    There is quite a bit of land for sale along hwy 601 between 378 (Sumter) and St. Matthews. I live right off hwy 601 and travel that road a lot. I don't know that any of that land is already established as a homested, but making it so would be a fun project. Not sure I'd want to do that much work on rental land though.
     

  3. earthkitty

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    We would like to build eventually, but right now hubby wants to rent an established place so we can choose exactly where he wants to build after we've been there for a while (assuming we don't find what we want already built). He left SC 16 years ago and ended up in Kansas with the Air Force. I'm a flat land midwestern girl, so moving to the coast makes me a bit nervous!
     
  4. oz in SC V2.0

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    Whereabouts in SC does he want to move to?

    Anywhere along the coast is $$$,even nowadays.

    Once you move inland a little(even just an hour) it gets cheaper...but it is,well,ugly.:D

    At least where we lived.

    Of course if you are used to flat land you might be fine.
     
  5. BarbadosSheep

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    Sumter/Santee/St Matthews is a long way from the coast. We rarely ever are affected by hurricanes, except for some rain. We did have a lot of damage from one hurricane in the 80's. I like the beach but would not want to live there either.

    The upstate of SC is much, much prettier than the midlands area. The ocean used to come inland to northeast columbia so much of the land between the coast and columbia is sandy soil. It's hot and flat. Lots of pine trees and scrub oaks. There are nice trees too, but pines are abundant. The land we are on has a lot of gorgeous mature oak and hickory trees. And the sandy soil makes it much easier to dig in. Move farther north and you have nice rolling hills, prettier trees and it's cooler. MUCH cooler. lol!
     
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    I would prefer to NOT be on the coast, as the hurricane factor really freaks me out.

    His family is mostly in the Santee/Sumter/Florence area, but we could be anywhere.

    Being from Kansas I think the whole state is pretty, unless you are referring to the poverty stricken areas. We don't have poverty here like they do there, tar paper shacks and such. Don't want to be around that kind of thing, but in some areas it is all thrown in together.
     
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    I have timber land in SC. Nearly weekly I get inquiries regarding the sale of SC properties. You first need to determine the type of soil you need because SC has extremely sandy to red clay. If you do not know what a Carolina bay is you also need to familiarize your self with the meaning as IMO you do not want one. As for the prices, land is much cheaper than land in surrounding states. I can buy unimproved land for 10 cents on a dollar as compared to land 100 miles away in NC. I have a friend that lives in NC and has a large beef farm in SC due to the land price differences. If you will let me know more exactly what you are looking for maybe I can assist in finding land for you to consider.

    PS...this came in this week. I have seen the place as it is near where I have some tree land.
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=e...703666222848138175.00047f42d9ac1ab46ce17&z=16
     
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    yep...in any area in this state, you will find run down areas. The problem with rural land is people can pretty much do what they want with their land. There are a lot of really old mobile homes too. since our weather is not bad, old cars and mobile homes don't rot away fast. They just hang around forever. Watch what county you move to as some counties have much, much higher taxes than others. Do you have small kids? Richland district II has great schools, but high taxes. So you need to watch for that.
     
  9. oz in SC V2.0

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    Inland can get it pretty bad too,it is just 'one of those things'.
    Funny thing is,Mrs oz was freaked out by the idea of us possibly moving to Oklahoma due to the tornadoes,I guess you get them where you live too?

    Florence is country,and flat...and...okay I guess.

    LOL...that is how it is done here,where we used to live,the rich gated communities would be down a road with singlewides and shacks along it...just how it was done.
     
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    Right now we have 18 acres, house, barn, shop, sheep shed and chicken coop. 7 acres in rolling hills/trees, 11 acres open pasture. I would like to have land with water, as we have a well and a pond here and I don't like the idea of not being water self sufficient.

    I am looking for something with existing buildings though. I know hubby doesn't want open land, he loves the trees in SC.

    His Dad left him memberships to a couple of hunting/fishing clubs with thousands of acres, so he can hunt/fish there, but I still want the privacy of my own land. A mix of open pasture and trees with a pond or creek/stream, soil really doesn't matter as clay or sand would have to be amended.

    I know there are lots of empty properties on the market and am hoping maybe someone who is having trouble selling would consider letting us rent for a year or so.
     
  11. earthkitty

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    We homeschool. I need to post in that forum too to talk about how the rules work in SC for home schoolers.
     
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    Yes there are tornadoes here, but I have never seen one or been affected by one. The thing is, if there is a bad storm you just go to the basement. If a hurricane is coming, you have to leave your home, your stuff, there is no way I could do that. I'll have to build a hurricane shelter. :)

    Hubby and his family got hammered pretty good by Hugo, but because they were inland it was mostly massive tree damage and power outages for two or three weeks. I'm a prepper, so I can deal with power outages.

    Now, my best friend's mom lived in Charleston at that time, everything she had was wiped out. No way would I live on the coast!!

    Eastern Oklahoma is pretty, western no so much.
     
  14. oz in SC V2.0

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    We lived in Beaufort County until a few months ago,that area is lucky when it comes to hurricanes,few ever hit there.

    Floyd was worse for us than Hugo,we were without power for three or so days.

    We moved to NC,it is much prettier than most of SC in our opinion.
     
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    I agree, and it would depend on the job he takes. He already has one in Sumter if he wants it, but he may end up taking one with a national company. If he does that, we could be in either state.
     
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    The problem with rural land is people can pretty much do what they want with their land.
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    Do WHAT? This statement should make everyone
    here laugh! Everyone should be able to "pretty much do what they want with their land. " Good God, most of us complain about interference by do
    gooders who would tell us what we can do.
     
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    What are you calling cool? The heat is what keeps me living in the north.

    I don't know if I'd dare looking for property in SC. It seems like I fallen in love with every girl that I've ever met from SC even before I knew where they were from. :)
     
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    I will save your information, thank you. The reason we want to lease for a year or so is so that we can determine where we want to build, and then have time to build.

    Land purchase will come into play eventually, but not until after we have been there a while.
     
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    I have a friend with a 40 acre place, 20 acres in blueberries for sale. We are also considering moving (15 acres) We are in the Aiken area. PM if you would like more details.
     
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    pm sent