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How did you select your LOCATION for your homestead????? Am curious to know .....

Especially if you are looking nationwide...... or a couple of states wide....

Resources to search for property???
 

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For us at the time, it was any sitck build house in our budget, which wasn't much, that would go VA.
Not many places go VA over here.
 

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We looked all around our area of illinois but everything was way beyond our budget. If it was cheap it was too far to commute daily and it just didnt make sense to buy. Then we found out about Ozarkland.com and we couldnt beat the no money down low payment plan that Neil offers. We took a look at what he had to offer and took the plunge sight unseen. A few months later Neil offered us a different piece of land that had a pond on it cause he knew we really wanted water. We made an even trade, again sight unseen except for some photos. When we finally got down there to see the place we were very happy. In fact we bought the 6 acres next door as well. The climate was a bit better than what we had in Illinois, it was closer to Jons parents and the cost of living was way cheaper than illinois. My only regret is that we didnt buy a place with a bit more open pasture ground.
 

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When we first started talking about buying land, we decided that we would select 6 areas that we thought might offer what we wanted. We had a couple of books about the best places to live and places rated etc. We started making a list of "wants".

Then a few months later, we were supposed to go on a vacation to Sante Fe. The stomach flu caused the cancellation of that trip and with a shortened time frame, we decided to take a drive up to the Quachitas in Arkansas----an area by the way that we had not considered before. We spent a day looking at a few properties that appealed to us from ads in a local paper (lack of anything else to do) and by 4pm that afternoon found a place that we both fell in love with. Signed a contract. Talk about an emotional purchase!!! It was 8 times what we had decided that we could afford and it was not an owner finance! Went home and had a nervous breakdown trying to figure out how to pay for it-----what on earth were we thinking. In fact, 4 days later, my Dh said to call the realtor and tell him that there was no way we could buy the place. But, depression and tears set in at the thought and we didn't make the call and we did figure out how to buy it. We still love this place and have never been sorry. We made HUGE sacrifices to pay for this place and looking back, it was worth every sacrifice.
 

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Hi Tam & Fam,

Is this what you wanted to know? It was romance, that is how we chose our location, it was a love affair, it was and is perfect.

... Maybe I needed a vacation, a normal regular vacation, with the two kids, 9 year old Alex Jr, 2-1/2 year old Gretchen, in the station wagon. Maybe a trip to Canada, might be just the right thing. Somehow we decided, “Lets drive to Banff, in Alberta, Canada.” A Californian thinks the world somehow ends in a proper way at the California borders. Canada to most Californians is a place filled with Mounties, board and bat shacks, Janet MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, singing love songs in the snow. So this would be the most extreme Northern adventure one could imagine.

A How-to-live (in the woods) Book

Nancy found a “fun” back-to-the-land type book, in the Banff bookstore, to read while we were driving. It turned out to be Vena and Bradford Angier’s “At Home In The Woods”. It fit in with the then current 1970s ideas of “plant a carrot and watch it grow”, and go-back-to-the-land. The book also meshed perfectly with a 1970's back-to-the-land almost guru author Alica Bay Laurel’s question of “do you want to pay ‘PG&E’ (the local San Francisco California Bay Area electric company) or chop wood?” Now some people would rather pay PG&E. However, to Nancy and me it seemed like a lot more fun and excitement to chop wood than pay PG&E.

The book was so thrilling of a discovery that we couldn’t stop reading it. It is about a Boston couple who left the city and move to Northern British Columbia and build a log house and thrive. While we were driving in the direction of Hudson Hope where the Author lived, it seemed like we were heading for the Mecca of all of the 70s ideas. As we drove Nancy was reading the book. The California family was venturing deeper and deeper into pure wilderness and getting closer and closer to the wonderfully wild and romantic Northern town of Hudson Hope British Columbia. The author and his back to the land cabin life was getting closer as we read. It was too far to go in a two week vacation. We had already driven from Woodside ( thirty miles South of San Francisco), California to Banff in Alberta, Canada, and now we were going another 1000km or about 600miles further North. We were about fifty miles from Hudson Hope, and Bradford Angier’s perfect life in his book. It was time to turn around and head back to civilization, to get back to work in the nick of time.

The Lake

That is where Moberly Lake is. If anything has special substance, then this Lake, surrounding area, Wilderness, natural attractions, and climate is it. Geologically it is on the extreme East end of the Canadian Boral Forest. There is the unique Summer sparkle, freshness, with that Sun that never sets, and makes things grow with a burst of life not seen in many places. The Sun is up from four in the morning until eleven at night, you can work a long day, and still enjoy all that there is. In Winter there are short brilliant bright white days, and long dark day-nights of eerie anechoic minus fifty degree Fahrenheit quiet. There is a Joy of the Seasons. There are four, more full, more different, more perfect than common imagination, more like Seasons were meant to be. It is a big lake, about four or five times the size of Walden Pond. ...
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Sig Paul

We drove up in our blue Chevy station wagon with our overflowing excitement with Bradford Angier’s book to some how meet Sig Paul. On this little road so far from California we meet. Sig Paul was on his tractor, it seemed so big and mechanical at the time. He was in a small five or ten acre field near his house at the Lake. We told him that we were from the City. As if that wasn’t the most obvious thing in the whole world. As if any of us had ever done a day of real farm work or even had any clue what that was. With our book in one hand, I said we want to buy some land to live on, does he know any for sale? Sig Paul said the land at the Lake was for sale, it had “power”, water, sewer and a nice house. We could have it right-away. I explained we wanted land that was out, that didn’t have power, phone or house, and we would be back next Spring. We were going to build a log house (according to the plan in our book). There was more than a little skepticism in Sig Paul’s expression. Though he was polite, and continued, I think that he thought that he would never see these City Slicks again.

Sig Paul said “I have some nice land seven miles in on the Boucher Lake Road. It’s a road that you can’t always get thru on. It’s four miles past the Indian reservation land and there is no power, water, or many people around. And he doesn’t actually own it yet. About thirty acres of the Quarter Section (One-Hundred-Sixty acres) is already in hay crop.” This sounded just perfect, just what Bradford Angier’s was talking about in his book.

How much? The government is leasing the land to Sig Paul for about ten dollars a year. If he “proves up” about sixty-four of the one-hundred-sixty acres, then he can buy it from the Province of British Columbia for eight dollars an acre. That means he would have to pay One-Thousand-Two-Hundred-and-Eighty dollars to the government. He had already “broke” about thirty acres, and rough cleared the remaining thirty-four acres that he thought he needed to complete before he could get title from the government. So he said that we could buy the quarter section for Two-Thousand dollars, if we would prove it up and get the title from the government. We shook hands ...
not really finally,

... We needed life with action, and results, and where the life is flowing in and around, and you are unconscious of even a second of time. Because you are the time, and the action, and in love with all things and all tasks. How does that compare the those lives of quiet desperation?

Let’s try it for a year​

Even though it was a perfect plan, and charged the core of our being ...
Enjoy Canada (and America) both great countries - there are also many others! Isn't the world a beautiful place?

Alex

This is copyrighted material, don't we all have a half typed manuscript on our hard drive? Is that OK? I could boil it down and say "we read a book and found some nice land, and had a great time so far".
 

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Took a flying road trip to MO on a cold Jan weekend...and it was sunny and warm down here....we were snagged!!!! Looked at some horrid places...several homes without indoor plumbing even and then our old farm house that stood stout and tall on a hill...with a lovely 120 acres, river at the end of the road and thousands of acres of forest land to ride the horses...HOOKED...put our money down and drove back to frigid MI and got packing. Moved down last day of Feb. to a snowstorm,no heat in the house but hey, we didn't care!! Good thing we didn't lite a fire as the chimney was cracked....and the electric wiring was cloth coated so the good Lord was surely watching over us. Now, many thousands of dollars later we have the place of our dreams...could have built a McMansion for what we've spent remodeling but we don't care. Fixed up old barn and chicken house, built new pole barn. A few strands more barbed wire to keep in the sheep. Have three ponds, 80 acres oak woods,great neighbors and we've never regretted our "from the heart" choice. Family always thought we were nuts anyhow living like hippies in the country up in MI. !!! DEE
 

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We knew what state we wanted to be in (Wisconsin). My husband is from Wisconsin and has family here. We also knew that we wanted to be an hour away from any interstate (and not too close to the family - just far enough to discourage drop-ins :). So we took out a map and highlighted an area that wasn't near interstates and concentrated on that area.

In visiting the general area (southwest Wisconsin) there was one county that felt more like home to us. It's hard to explain; some places didn't feel right so we didn't look in those counties or townships. The land we ended up buying is in a township that felt like "home". We had a good feeling about the nearby towns, the neighbors and the land.
 

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When we decided to leave Montana, we subscribed to the major Sunday Papers from two states we were interested and got a feel of each of them. We decided we would rent for a year before deciding to buy or move on.

When we found our area we wanted to settle, what is in our price range and is close enough to work? Good well, good soil and southern exposure is what was important to me. Stable zoning is important to me, too. We chose rural residential, agricultural, industrial zoning. No parcels smaller than 5 acres, with no further subdiving. I also wanted to be in a more established area without new growth. I did not want to buy in a newly subdivided area, build my homestead and have the neighborhood turn into Rancho Rojo Del Necko.
 

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I grew up in this area and chose to look at property in a "Mayberry setting" with at least 1 acre of yard andwithin 40 minutes of my employment, 10 minutes of my disabled father and financable at 15 years so that the monthy mortgage payment was at least 15% less than what I was paying in rent at the time so as to compensate for the addition of water which was included at the apartment and the added electrical costs associated with a house.

I then evaluated cash producing agronomics and service ventures that I could operate from my home. Profits from my at home income generations provide structural maintenance and investment money to be used for expansions as the opportunities present themselves.
 

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Well, it was where I find most everything - the internet! :haha:

Went out to www.johnlscott.com and started searching. Don't know if they serve your area, but any site facilitating the muliple listing exchange will do. It is updated hourly!

I handed the realtor my short list and when we drove into Deberosa I fell in love with it.

Don't rely on the realtor's searches, they are more limited and you won't get to see every possibility out there.
 

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My bride and I were living on our old place thoroughly disgusted with the dope growing neighbors from hell. After an ugly confrontation with one of them and some discussion about what to look for we drew a 50 mile radius circle on the map and started working quadrants.

One place in particular seemd especially desireable and we checked in with the local realtors...all of them because most do not talk to each other and multilistings can be a joke.

They sent us on many wild goose chases and after one we were headed back to the homestead, but came across a guy stranded on the road, his car broke down. We helped him out as anybody would his neighbor and got to talking.

He told us of a friend just down the road with a place for sale. We went, we looked, we liked, we negotiated, we bought. Great place, good price, minimal gov't hassles in a quite obscure place. We are not the end of the road, but the next door neighbor who is, is absentee and in 18 years I have never seen him here. Nearest neighbors are 1 mile uphill on a different access road and 1 mile downhill on my road. The best part is my road is so steep that it strongly discourges lazy gubbmint bums from visiting...I keep the gate locked! We do have one neighbor who has 40 acres who uses it only for "occassional getaways". The man was over 70 last time I saw him about 7 years ago, so I don't even know if he is still alive. But in his absence we use his private deck and water pool on the creek.

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It didn't take much thought on my part to eliminate the northern half of the country. We locked up the house and drove across the country for a couple of months. We then took trips to the areas that interested us. That said I will admit that we missed by a little. We made the mistake of listening to our hearts instead of our head. After moving less than 100 mi. and to another state we are much happier. You won't know much about any place until YOU have lived there.
 

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We wanted a place where peole talked normal. So we picked Minnesota.
 

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Cabin Fever said:
We wanted a place where peole talked normal. So we picked Minnesota.
:haha: :haha: :haha: :D

In looking for our place in the country, my motivation was to have enough land to grow things on, have animals if we wanted them, and yet close enough for our kids and grandkids to visit without having to spend the night. If I wanted to go and move piles of dirt with my tractor, I could do it without hearing any traffic and seeing our neighbors. Close enough to Dallas where I could commute maybe 2 or 3 days a month if I want to continue my business.

The wife wanted a place on the water for a boat, and to fish. Essentially a lake house.

We didn't think this type of place existed, where we could both have what we wanted. But our persistence paid off. What we ended up with: secluded and wooded acreage with frontage on a beautiful 1500 acre lake; 75 mi. from Dallas.

I found the place on the internet. Specifically the Century 21 website. I called a number of realtors in the areas where we were interested. None helped very much. My advice is to determine which areas offer what you need. For instance - close to employment centers (or not), affordable land, the geography you want, etc. Then drive around and find signs for sale, internet sites, etc.
 

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Well we are in New Orleans right now, and surrounded by a huge mass of people. We went to the Ozarks where I am previosly from for Mardi Gras. We called a realty company I knew in the North Arkansas area and told them we were coming to buy. We asked only to be shown property with year round creeks running thru them. The first land he showed us required driving across the little red river on one of those concrete bridges - it was about 6" under water - too scary. Next he took us to 14 acres with a creek running thru it AND an awesome spring that starts right on the property, we saw deer sign and small mouth bass in the creek. It is taking forever to close the deal - but will be well worth it in the end. I can't wait to fall asleep at night with the sound of a creek outside my window instead of the McDonalds drive thru I now hear.
 
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