Today I went back for a closer look at the 2 acres I briefly checked out last weekend. I had some time to think about it and I thought it warranted another look.
I drove 10mph down the dirt road to see if I could avoid blanketing my car in dust and it wasn’t so bad. The road was longer going slowly but not too bad. Besides, who’s in a rush in the country. That’s the point!
I parked on the road in front of the property and changed into my jeans so I would not scratch the hell out of my legs. This property is completely overgrown which is exactly what I want for privacy. I was worried about snakes and don’t have any boots so I wrapped some cardboard around my lower legs a few times as a bit of protection under my jeans. Perhaps stupid, perhaps genius.
I plunged into the jungle to see what I could see. It was very dense and I was glad I had long pants on. The majority of the land is relatively flat but there are a few shallow dry creek beds that could be a problem. After getting a good idea of where they went, I looked to see where I might be able to locate the house and a garage workshop. The creek beds had me worried but I think the house can fit relatively well right about in the center and the back patio deck can overlook the creek. I might build a little bridge. I think the non-flatness will give it nice character once it is cleaned up.
I paced out as best as I could estimate the size of the house. I might have to build a smaller garage/workshop but that might not be so bad. Across the creek bed the other half of the property is mostly flat. Plenty of room for a garden and a solar array if I don’t put it on the roof.
The house would face Northeast meaning the roof would slant Southwest which would put it in pretty prime orientation for solar.
The trees are mostly Oak and a few Mesquite. There are a few larger Oaks but the rest are small. Maybe 20 feet tall. I was trying to visualize what it would look like after I removed the brushy undergrowth and unwanted trees. I would of course leave the perimeter 10-20 feet untouched for privacy. The front of the property has a nice growth of taller trees and brush to screen it from the road. Other than a curvy driveway, I would leave it mostly natural.
I like it and I think it likes me.
After an hour of traipsing around I was hot and my underwear was drenched with sweat. I imagined myself running around naked and it wasn’t so bad.
I headed back to the small town maybe 10 miles away. I stopped and had a burger then drove up and down the main street to see what was there. I visited the grocery store and scouted out two lumber yards. I google mapped to see what kind of computer businesses there were. There is one that looks good. It would be great if I might find a job there one day. Full or part time. That sounds like fun. Being a computer guru it should not be hard to find something for a little extra income once things are built.
It looks like this town might meet my basic needs. It doesn’t have a Home Depot but there is one about 18 miles away. That’s acceptable.
I like the small townness. No heavy traffic. No infinite masses of crazy people driving around pointlessly to burn gas. I liked the feel.
I got home and emailed my realtor and told him I would like as much info as he could dig up and I would probably make an offer. They are asking $60,000 which is more than I think is a fair price. I’m going to see about offering $50,000. I would feel comfortable around there. If I HAVE to go to $60,000 then I guess it would still be worth it.
I’m trying not to get myself too excited because I’ve been let down too many times in the past. If this doesn’t work out then I’ll just keep looking and waiting. More time means more money to spend. Look on the bright side.
Supposing I end up buying it, I would at least feel like the prophesy is coming true. I’ll at least have a solid base to build my future and I can finally plan to get myself out of limbo and into motion.
Wish me luck!