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Old 04-18-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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By "scenic" I mean with some topography, hills, meadows, trees, pastures, ponds or the like. We like some areas we see in Fresno county but the nearest big city is Fresno and Fresno has its shortcomings.

Are there any other counties in CA where you can buy at least 5 scenic acres under $100k, and is less than 45 minutes or so away from a mid-size city that has relatively low crime, drugs, gangs, etc.?
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Given that California is a state with 13 million residents and that real estate is priced by the law of supply-and-demand, you know that you're looking for land that almost no one else would want. I think the question is what features of low-demand real estate are you willing to accept:

-harsh climate?
-extremely remote location?
-no water supply?
-no availability of public utilities?
-failed perc test for private septic system?
-not zoned for residential use/low probability for building permit?
-no existing roadway access?

Residentially-zoned land that cheap anywhere on the West Coast is going to be severely handicapped by SOMETHING. This isn't Montana. As a general principle though, the farther north, the farther east and the more rural you go, the more affordable an undeveloped parcel will be (i.e, something that is technically in California but close to the Oregon, Nevada or Arizona border). Remember that bringing a completely undeveloped parcel up to buildable standards could cost an additional $100-200k.



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Old 04-18-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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To me a mid sized city is one that has 20,000 people in and around it. For me this means Jackson and Sonora.

A quick check of my MLS shows 21 properties less than $100K between 5 and 7 acres. I suspect it would be the same up and down the rest of the foothill counties.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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I bought 5 acres for $50.000 in Sierra County. A very scenic alpine county
When did you buy it?
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Try Googling around the northern counties: Trinity, Shasta, Plumas counties. There are lakes, mountains, forests up there. Also, this site might have some interesting leads:

Waterfalls of California - Regional Map

Anything with water going through it may be more expensive. But you can check real estate agencies in those areas, to get an idea of prices.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Is desert land considered scenic?

Henry Rd
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

$30,000

Status Active
Lot Size 5 Acre

Read more on REALTOR.com: Henry Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
Henry Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Don't you know you're supposed to move somewhere rural and worry about how to support your family on $10/hr later.
Who said anything about jobs or family? Just talking property here.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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El Dorado County foothills - Placerville, Pilot Hill, Camino, etc. 52 listings of 5 acres or more less than $100K. Very scenic out there. But they get remote. Placerville is about 45 minutes to Sacramento.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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For those who don't live in the country, you should probably know that we aren't all like Ma and Pa Kettle.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Land is a great investment as long as it's not some unusable swamp. Like the saying goes, "Buy land, they aren't making it any more."
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