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Buying acreage--is it a bad idea?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by dave11, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    winter gets old in april but its coming to an end soon.
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  2. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    I love it here but taxes are a joke. Winter does tend to get old and we won't even discuss lake effect!!!
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  3. charly

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    I agree with NYS taxes... 96 acre farm here,,, taxes come out to be 25 dollars a day to live here. Sickening...
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  4. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Don't feel too bad - I pay almost that much for 7+ acres here in CT.
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  5. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    That's not very encouraging, I was looking to escape the crazy taxes here.

    But don't feel too bad — I'm on a suburban 100' x 40' 3 bed 1-1/2 br, with barely any room for firewood (no chickens or farm animals allowed here, of course) and the taxes are about the same as what you're paying on the 96 acres w/ house. They doubled since we bought in 1997.
  6. charly

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    I guess you have to just pay the taxes or sell everything and buy a motor home ;lol.. Then it will be back to outdoor fires only;)
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  7. flyingcow

    flyingcow Minister of Fire

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    If you find a lot with woods/timber on it. When you get a piece of land you are very serious about, try to get a forester to do a report of appx value.

    No electricity near it? it would have to be dirt cheap for me to buy it.

    we live on 50 acres. Makes for good neighbor relations.
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  8. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    Interesting thread!

    At some point I will buy some land too. I want to build an off-the-grid cabin on it as a get-away. I want somewhere that I can truly unplug from my high tech life. My thought is that it needs to be no more than ~2 hours from home, or I won't use it often enough and won't be able to keep an eye on it sufficiently. Luckily, finding something within a 2 hour drive of northern central Ohio shouldn't be too hard.

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  9. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Lol -- I kinda pondered the motor home bit, a while back.

    Thought I'd get a lot of surfing in that way -- and visit new places -- I was google earthing Steamer Lane checking out the lay of the land for RVing, and noticed others had the same idea, :)

    But then where would I keep my firewood stack? I know it's not very big of a stack, but it'd fill the little motor home in the picture, and where would the stove go? ... wouldn't leave any room for the surfboards ;)

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    Don't forget to consult a geologic map of the area if you decide to buy. The Marcellus and other mineral formations are a concern, of course, but groundwater is also important. I was lucky enough to find land on a sandstone ridge, a great aquifier that filters any impurities. Nearby nat'l forest, few neighbors, and a large portion of the ridge above me = 30 gal. a minute of good water. Most of the area around me is susceptible to well pollution due to heavily fractured /caverned limestone. Many still use their sinkholes as trash pits, with wells a few hundred feet away!
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