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jojn d    Posted 01-08-2005 at 12:09:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am a writer looking for solitude on 80-640 acres of free or very inexpensive (<$100/acre) land. A simple rustic cabin on it would be nice, or I would build a small (600 sq ft) cabin or baled-hay house, live in a tent??, or put in a small travel trailer.

I only need drinkable water (e.g. hand-pump/well) and access rights to the property as I plan to use a propane generator for electricity for computer and lights, and propane for cooking, heating, and refrigeration. I hope to raise most of my vegetarian needs. The nearest grocery store could be 50+ miles away. I like living in western United States and some trees, but not in a dark forest, but am open to other areas or countries.

I have searched via realtors in a dozen states, to no avail. The best I have been able to do is $200/acre land that is ugly, and without a well (~$8000) or power.

A shock to me is that in some counties in New Mexico you cannot live in a travel trailer on your own property, cannot haul in drinking water, must have a >800 sq ft house, and permits galore! What is the point in “owning” land?

I would welcome your ideas on where to look (no automatic e-mail lists please).


Zenia    Posted 01-08-2005 at 21:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chile has absolutely breathtaking scenery and you could probably get some land there. Just beware the propane has a waxy substance in it that can clog things up, otherwise, if you speak Spanish it might be a good choice.

Chas in Me    Posted 01-08-2005 at 19:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might find cut over woodland for 200 per acre in this neighborhood. To find it, you have to talk to loggers and the people they deal with, not just realtors.

Burrhead    Posted 01-08-2005 at 20:19:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the loggers leave land in the same shape around there as they do around here when they get finished he might get it cleaned up and ready to build on for another $1000 an acre. Man they make a mess out of it around here.

Burrhead    Posted 01-08-2005 at 17:22:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
we got plenty of $100 an acre land in Southest Texas but it's all in a deep dark wait maybe that's a deep dark swamp. Either way you probly would'nt be interested in it cause it's only 5-6 miles at most to the grocery store

Peanut    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:07:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
John, I am going to assume you are serious about your post. Unfortunately it borders on somewhat laughable.

Cheapest I have seen is $500 per acre for some remote areas of Colorado. Do you enjoy rough winters though? Other than that, the cheapest I have found in Missouri is $500-$7000 depending on location and what services the land (road, water, power, etc).

Good luck - I think you'll need it.

If you weren't serious about your post I will add a smartmouth suggestion:
National Forests allow you to tent camp anywhere. Your propane bottles will be a little smaller than might hook up to your fridge. Oh yeah, The Redwood National Forest has a few places to pitch a tent. You might even be able to talk Bigfoot into hauling your water for you.

Gunner    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:29:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did reread his post after yours, it does state that he is willing to relocate to another country- Bet beach front prop in Sri Lanka may go for less than $100 an acre - may find great solitude there as well

LOL    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:43:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is funny.

- Peanut

I hear Thailand has some property available too. I have always wanted to live in the town called Phuket. That way when someone asks where I live I can say ...

Gunner    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:56:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Phuket Pnut, if you have a notion to move there, then by all means do so

Tinker    Posted 01-08-2005 at 14:11:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Should be plenty of land available in Mexico. The population has moved up here.

Gunner    Posted 01-08-2005 at 14:05:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
What does ugly land look like?

big fred    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:52:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probly all dirty...

Gunner    Posted 01-08-2005 at 16:05:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it is, it may dirty up my Burkinstocks.

Now Gunner    Posted 01-08-2005 at 17:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you know what those shoes are you must be keeping a pair hidden in the closet somewhere ... Phuket


- Peanut

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-08-2005 at 14:03:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right now, there's nothing under $2,000 an acre in my whole county; good luck to you though. I think if you find anything cheap, there probably won't be water there.

KraigWY    Posted 01-08-2005 at 13:51:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know where you are looking but here,Wyoming, there are several places, (raw land) ranging from $75 per acre up. Depending on how much land you buy. The main thing I like about this place is no permets, no covenents, and no codes (except in some of the larger towns. It sure would be easy to find a place 50 plus miles from a grocery store, but I like to be a bit closer my self. Do a search on the realty outfits in wyoming.

big fred    Posted 01-08-2005 at 12:56:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
What yer probably gonna hafta do is get yerself a real job for a while, save yer money, and pull yerself into the 21st century and understand you ain't gonna find the pristine oasis you want for a hundred bucks an acre anywhere in this United States. Maybe northern Manitoba or Saskatchewan? Or some areas of South America, Africa or northern Asia? Australian outback?

Les    Posted 01-08-2005 at 14:01:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
He sure don't want to come here. We got wicked dark forests.

dale anne    Posted 01-08-2005 at 12:30:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy, I'm not sure where bouts yer gonna find land fer $100.00 per acre but whens ya do let this ole gal in on it!....I live in Arkansas bought 3 acres cross the road from my original property and paid 3 grand!...I did get $1500.00 back after i had it clear cut and then selling off the wood that was left behind fer $45.00 a cord should get me some more money back on the investment but $100.00 an acre ya looking fer swamp land? lol..I knows bout 120 acres down the road a piece from me would need some tending to kinda over grown with brush has two roads to it fenced in not sure bout anything else on it but could look into it iffin ya want..get ya the reality long as ya not gonna be no trouble....ya see i'm the original yankee come down here and well folks are friendly but thems know im a yank and well I would just hate fer some of these church wimens to go gossiping at the hair shop bout me telling other outsiders bout land ya decide ya interested ya gonna need to get some check ice scraper[fer spring bugs]cause they so thick ya cant see out yer windshield 10 minutes after ya wash it.....a gun rack....6 pack[yer choice]...a hunting dog......and a dale ernhart sticker fer yer back window....that should put folks off fer a while figure ya just might be kin to someone in the next town lol....dale anne

Randy    Posted 01-08-2005 at 13:18:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know in upstate NY my ex got a house on 4 acres for nothing. She's a writer also.

Does that mean    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:33:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
you got the shaft?

Randy    Posted 01-08-2005 at 15:56:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Absolutely not. I told her I would. We all have to live somewhere, I could afford there.

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