Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Land Search

Early this year, we re-evaluated our life goals, especially the ones that started with the phrase "After we retire...."

One of those goals was to move to the country, build a barndominium (or as we like to call it, an RV-dominium), and travel more.

As much as we have grown to love our house, we didn't want to be tied down to a house or yard that required constant maintenance. We thought we'd find a few acres in a rural area, build a simple barndominium, and start our new life of adventure.

But it wasn't that easy.  For one thing, a few acres in the country is pretty hard to find, and when we did find them, they wouldn't allow barndominiums.  If they allowed barndominiums, they were usually in a pretty crummy area or had huge electric towers..  We were losing hope and reconciled to staying in our home until retirement.

That all changed in April when my friend JT invited me to go on a photography trip while the bluebonnets were in bloom.



So I should credit her with restarting the land hunt by pointing out a for sale sign on a piece of land with a spectacular view.  That land didn't pan out, but researching it led us to a local realtor named Robert Smith at Hi View Real Estate, and he pointed us toward land that met most of our requirements.  It does not have a spectacular view, but luckily, that wasn't really a requirement.  It's also well over a couple of acres - by about eighteen acres.

But it did meet these requirements:
Good distance from the nearest neighbor,
Good building site,
Has agricultural exemption already,
Allows barndominiums,
And it has a pleasant view.

An added bonus is that the owner is selling all mineral rights with the land, so we don't have to worry about anyone drilling on our land.  The owner is also putting in our water meter which will not only save us money, but will save time once we close so we can start building immediately. Another bonus was finding this realtor, Robert Smith, who became very special to us.  Because Marvin has Smith cousins, we soon began calling him Cousin Robert too. lol

The only downside is that the owner wants to delay closing until November.

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