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Where to relocate?
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Tom A    Posted 08-26-2002 at 11:36:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been learning on our little farm for a few years now, but "the city" is encroaching fast...both Washington DC and Baltimore are moving our way fast. I'm now estimating that in the next 10 years my little 19 acres will be surrounded by development.

So I'm starting to think about where to go next. In about 3 more years, God willing, the kid'll be done with college and we can get serious about moving. I want something similar to what I have now: about 20 acres, a house, barn and outbuildings. Want to keep a mixed enterprise family farm--some livestock, some dirt farming. We're not rich, but we don't 'need' lots of stuff either, and have a small monthly income from my Army retirement. Would like 4 seasons and enough average precip to grow a variety of plants.

We've thought about PA, and OH. Any thoughts?


Chris    Posted 08-29-2002 at 11:21:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, My husband and I just relocated from the flat lands of Rehoboth Beach, DE to Canon City, CO. The change is fantastic, land prices are not bad and the folks are wonderful. There is the water issue however, but that can be worked out.

Good luck in your venture.

Come out to tha Midwest    Posted 08-27-2002 at 11:34:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, I've driven through Maryland and its alot like Missouri with a few less rocks. Your view out the window would be similiar. Land is still cheap compared to what your used too, and I hear the folks can be alot friendlier. If ya jay walk, the cars stop and the drivers will wave with all their fingers.

WallSal55    Posted 08-27-2002 at 11:06:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, I would do some vacationing to pick out some potential areas. Also, you don't say how
many kids, etc. will be on their own. How far
traveling time from them? I know every family
has their own comfort level for distance.
We live in IL and my sis-in-law lives in CA--
she once could come home once a year, with family
it's once every 3-5 yrs.

kraig WY    Posted 08-26-2002 at 17:59:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank your setting pretty. If you got a couple years (cause of kids & such) you got time to take your time. Your property value, as discribed is going up. From what you're talking about, small far and such you maybe should check out the Belle Fouche area of South Dakota. They are always selling places around 40 to 160 acres, some irigated for somewhat less the $1k per acre. Might want to check the internet for their realistate agents and have them do the leg work and if they find something interesting take a vacation to the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, etc. and check it out.

Les...fortunate    Posted 08-26-2002 at 12:43:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good advice from Dan. I'm feeling the same kind of pinch here. I know how Daniel Boone felt! I have one thing going here that you don't: I'm surrounded by the National Forest. But every year there's more and more people. There's way too many already. Land values are skyrocketing.
We have often thought about where we might go and have traveled a lot. Sure do like PA, western MD, northern VA and eastern panhandle of WVA. But, if it ever came down to it (and it probably won't) I believe we would go the other direction, to Quebec or New Brunswick.

ger    Posted 08-26-2002 at 13:04:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
same thing happening here since they developed the ski hill ,tourists everywhere ,city trying to annex our little valley for the farmland , all ready cleared ,flat esay to develope been an ongoin fight for over 20 yrs. now but we have been winnig the battle so far ,now that land prices are going up ,i think peoples gread will win out an they will sell out , so we too have been looking for a more remote location, thinking about going farther into the interior of british columbia , farther north, or alberta since most of the people comming here are from there must be thinning out some there lol, but theres a good chance we,ll be make the big move just the reverse of what i made 40yrs ago when i was a little kid back to nove scotia.later ger

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 08-26-2002 at 12:25:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, it sounds like you've got a gold mine, there. Wait until the development starts making you miserable, then sell it off for a high price. Meanwhile, do some vacation travelling and scope out some other locations for yourself. You're bound to find some spots that appeal to you.

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