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Old 08-11-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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I currently live in California but I'm looking to move somewhere else. I'd like to live somewhere rural where I can buy an acreage (preferably 10-40 acres) for a lower amount of money, about $80-120k. I'd prefer somewhere that's not flat, and I'm able to live basically anywhere within 30-40 minutes drive of a town of ~10k people or more. I'm fairly conservative and like fishing, shooting, and driving four wheelers, if that makes a difference.

What are good areas? I have been thinking about places like the Dakotas or Nebraska, Appalachia, or possibly more rural areas of the Great Lakes area.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:49 AM
 
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I currently live in California but I'm looking to move somewhere else. I'd like to live somewhere rural where I can buy an acreage (preferably 10-40 acres) for a lower amount of money, about $80-120k. I'd prefer somewhere that's not flat, and I'm able to live basically anywhere within 30-40 minutes drive of a town of ~10k people or more. I'm fairly conservative and like fishing, shooting, and driving four wheelers, if that makes a difference.

What are good areas? I have been thinking about places like the Dakotas or Nebraska, Appalachia, or possibly more rural areas of the Great Lakes area.
I'd look into the Northern Lower peninsula of Michigan. It's a bit more expensive around the inland lakes and the coastal areas like Traverse city. If you get further inland toward Gaylord/Grayling the prices are cheaper and it's a bit less touristy/seasonal. It's pretty much known for all of the things you've expressed interest in.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:01 AM
 
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Southern Indiana is great place for this. Specifically in Harrison, Floyd, Clark and Henry County. Land is affordable, and you would be within 15-40 minutes of Louisville Metro which is very large. Also, there are multiple towns in each of those counties with the 10K population you desire.

If I were to pick a specific town in those counties, I would look into Corydon, Indiana. Population is around 6K. Multiple groceries, hunting stores, restaurants, a nice downtown, etc...

There is sooooo many great hunting spots, places to fish, and just outdoors in general in Southern Indiana. Plus Clarksville, IN has the 2nd largest Bass Pro Shop in the US if that maters to you. There's also a Cabelas nearby.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into those.

Southern Indiana definitely looks promising. I'm thinking that general area or some part of the Appalachians or Ozarks might be exactly what I'm looking for.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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Central and northern Maine; vasts amount of available land and cheap.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:08 PM
 
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Lots of places in Appalachia would easily work. Check the area around Cookeville, Tennessee. Tennessee is a very low tax state, and these rural counties have practically zero zoning ordinances to dictate what you can or cannot do on your own land. Believe it or not, the rural areas around Cookeville are not only cheap but also have gigabit internet. The area is plentiful with lakes, rivers, waterfalls, woods, hills, gorges, hollers. Fishing, hunting, and 4-wheeling are wildly popular. Here are some examples of land available in the area:

3785 Victory Vw, Cookeville, TN 38506 - Land For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

35 34 Ac Spring Creek Rd, Cookeville, TN 38501 - Land For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

Pow Rd, Baxter, TN 38544 - Land For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

298 A Armstrong Ln, Gainesboro, TN 38562 - realtor.com®

Old State Highway 85, Gainesboro, TN 38562 - realtor.com®

19 45 Ac Bear Hollow Ln, Livingston, TN 38570 - Land For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

32 Acres Copeland Creek Rd, Livingston, TN 38570 - Land For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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As mentioned, Michigan can get you what you are looking for, and for way under your budget, too. As in $10,000-25,000 for 10+ acres. Probably less than that if you give up the 30-40 minutes from a city with 10K or more people. There are only a handful of cities in the northern lower peninsula with a population of 10K or more. Traverse City, Alpena... Ludington is close. Otherwise, in the middle of the state, you have Big Rapids and Midland to work off of. There is plenty of land in the lower portion of the state, too. Still way under your budget, but more that the land in the northern part of the state. Flatter in general in the lower part of the state. Bigger cities nearby- not sure if that is a plus or minus for you.

Some examples of northern parcels for sale:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0...00767672_zpid/ 40 acres for 15K, farthest north, not too far from Traverse City.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/L...97891057_zpid/ 17K for 13 acres, pretty far up north, but Lake Huron side
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0...94375450_zpid/ 25K for 10 acres, closer to civilization, maybe 30-40 minutes north of Saginaw
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N...93360836_zpid/ 20K for 10 acres, not too far from Big Rapids
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:24 PM
 
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You might do a good better in terms of taxes in a state like Tennessee. Check out NE Tennessee's tip between Knoxville and Johnson City. A 30 minute circumference of Morristown (population 30K) offers some nice land that is green and mostly flat to rolling hills versus the mountains just to the east/northeast, and is 45 minutes to an hour from Knoxville. It also has somewhat milder winters so you'll get more four season usage.

Johnson City, TN Land for Sale & Real Estate - realtor.com®
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