My wife and I are fed up with the suburban lifestyle and looking to purchase raw land or a former homestead and âget back to the Earthâ. That said, weâre trying to develop a prioritized list of desirable features our future (dream) land would possess. Obviously thereâs no âperfectâ piece of property, but weâre trying to logically determine whatâs important to us so that the emotions of the moment donât over take us. Thank you so much for your consideration in helping us make the best decisions. Weâre looking to glean from otherâs wisdom, be it mistake or success. And now onto the prioritized list (1 being most important) â¦ please criticize and critique. Iâd rather know the good and bad of our selections before we start looking at properties. 1 Zoned FF, EFU If the zoningâs not right nothing else really matters. 2 Owner Contract We want to do an owner contract, because it will likely offer us the greatest financial flexibility. 3 Under $400K Weâre not made of money and we think we can still build a functioning hobby farm after paying (at the most $400,000) for the land. Itâs likely going to be some calculation based on price per acre. 4 Roughly 60 to 180 acres We plan to only use about 40 to 60 acres for crop, settlement and pasture â¦ the rest is just a big backyard. 5 Good or treatable well water While we will have a whole house filter system, we want to water to be of good quality â¦ or would we? 6 Good or amendable soil We donât want to be forced to use annual chemicals in the soil. We want to do (as much as possible) organic farming, not because weâre really âgreenâ, but mostly for health reasons. 7 Good mix of pasture/ rolling/ woods We want to have enough arable land to grow crops for the entire family, enough pasture land for a small number of livestock, and enough wooded area to provide cheap heat. 8 No easements through property (easements to is okay) We really donât want anyone just gallivanting through our property be it neighbors or the power company. 9 Farm friendly local and county government Some municipalities are more agri-friendly than others. I would rather not have to fight with my local government as so many other hobby and larger scale farms have had to. 10 Zoning for 3 residential structures We are considering having other family join us on the property if they so desire. It would be nice to have this ability whether or not family elects to exercise it. 11 Former homestead We would like to reap the benefits of having someone else much smarter that had to work much harder plan the farm. Theoretically, the house would be in the best location as would the pasture, the barn, the shop, the â¦ fill in the blank. 12 South facing hillside We would like to eventually explore alternative energy (solar, wind and hydro) and in Oregon we have limited effectiveness with solar. A south-facing hillside should assist with that. 13 Stream or creek with at least 50' vertical head Similar to the south-facing hillside, a stream with a good vertical head will allow us to pull good winter and spring hydro. 14 Year-round stream or creek This could provide a good water source during a possible low water table in the summer. In addition, the year-round hydro would be fancy. 15 At least 1 hilltop (even small, to be used for wind power) This is yet another attempt to keep our energy options open and diversify our power production. 16 Pond A water source if we are desperate, but likely for fish 17 Backs up to BLM My assumption is that it would be better to have the big backyard rather than certainty that someone is living just over the property line.