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Old 05-21-2007, 11:03 PM
Location: UPSTATE SC
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Our dream is to buy a decent sized/well built home on 2 or more acres of land.

Requirements: 1. Must be in VA, TN, KY. We love SW VA Abingdon area, but we can't get a good home with land there.

2. Would love to farm a small portion of have animals.

3. Need to be within driving distance to a university/college

4. Not to far from decent hospitals (elderly parents relocating with us)

5. Could be rural, but within an hour to a decent size city

6. Can be a small town, but not one that is decrepid and dying.

Can you help us . . . everywhere we like $200k gets you into a cookie cutter subdivision . . . and we want a little more . . . have been searching and can't find a spot?? Any suggestions where to look. We have saved a decent downpayment, but can't go more than $225 and that is pushing it . . . guess that doesn't buy much anymore.
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:43 AM
Location: Concord, NC
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In the Charlotte area (Cabarrus Co. or Iredell Co.) or Raleigh area (Johnston Co. or Chatham Co.). These are nice affordable counties with rual areas, but close to what you're needing. Great weather as well.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:08 AM
Location: Kentucky
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Here in Louisville, KY you can get land and house for pretty cheap in the Fairdale or Valley Station areas. Radcliff in Hardin County and Brandenburg in Meade County are nice, too. Good luck to you!
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:22 AM
Location: Apex, NC
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For $200K you should look into the Ferrum, VA area. Ferrum is unique in that it is a beautiful rural mountain town BUT it has a very highly regarded small college (www.ferrum.edu). You're 20 minutes from Rocky Mount and roundabout 1 hour from Roanoke. Rocky Mount, VA is a beautiful town of 5,000 yet because it is the Franklin County seat (pop 51,000) it has both a historic main street with boutiques but is also vibrant enough to support big box stores on the edge of town. Rocky Mount has a good all purpose Carilion hospital and a very nice nursing home that is currently being expanded further. Roanoke has a _fantastic_ hospital and healthcare system.

I mention Ferrum specifically because it's not quite as expensive as Rocky Mount and the Boones Mill area (where we live). However, you can still find good homes for $200K and below in my area with some land. The best real estate link for the county is:


I'm not affiliated with this realtor _at all_. They are just unique in that they list the Franklin County homes in about as easy a format as you could want and don't split results into multiple pages. Of course, if you end up buying through them, tell them to send Sean Pecor of Oak Hill Stables in Boones Mill a box of cookies in lieu of a finder's fee

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Old 05-22-2007, 11:22 AM
Location: The 12th State
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I often go thru abington as a cut thru into Kentucky and know the beauty of Abington is why you would choose that location. Two other cities that remind of that town that come to my mind that there might be what you are looking for and they are Wytheville VA and Mt Airy NC. Both are beautiful mountain valley cities that are still quaint with beautiful rolling countryside and mountains in the backdrop. Two other cities worth mentioning and all these are a short drive to abington are Mountain city NC and Boone NC
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:34 AM
Location: Alabama!
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Too bad you don't have Alabama on that list. You can get it all, and for less.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:23 PM
Location: UPSTATE SC
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Hey thanks everyone.

Ferrum VA, I am going to check it out. We love Rocky Mount, but it is not affordable at this time for us, no one every mentioned Ferrum.

Boone would be too expensive for us, and we have searched Iredell County and Carrabus, as we live here in NC, but for an acre or two, we haven't seen anything that we like.

I like VA especially Abingdon, because it's so clean looking, and I love all the water, weather it be Lake Holston, running down from the rocks, or on the Creeper Trail.

We will look at thte other suggestions. This board has been always such a big help . . . can't wait to check out everyone's suggestions. Thanks!!
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:10 PM
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try lynchburg, virginia. south and western virginia has reasonable house prices. the further from DC the better if you want land and want to be able to afford to do thinks like eat and have clothes too! hehehe
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