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Old 05-29-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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Hi, I can move just about anywhere...want to buy a rich piece of land to grow an organic wildflower/cut flower farm to about 3-5 acres...may build modern/green house as well on it...but most importantly need to raise a 6 and 4 year old little boy and girl with excellent schooling for children and nice amenities for young families nearby. Cost of land and home under $350,000. We currently live in the Hudson Valley, NY and need a more affordable place with beautiful rolling hills/pastures etc...open land great for farming. Have lived in PA, VT, UT, NY, CT, RI, MA...looking for new surroundings to achieve my goal...thinking CA, OR, VA, KY...any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Oh, also don't want to be near tornadoes or any crazy weather events of course. Thanks

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Old 06-03-2010, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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The Charlottesville, VA area is in a beautiful setting and offers excellent schooling, the varied amenities and services of a college town, and plenty of land/home options in your price range outside of town. It's also lacking in the crazy weather events. Charlottesville, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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Central/western NY state has a lot cheaper land than the Hudson Valley although not as much cheaper anymore if it's underlain by the Marcellus Shale gas formation. Eastern Wayne County or northern Cayuga County might be worth looking at, with interesting topography from the great drumlin field and outside the shale-gas area. Maybe Orleans County although it's flatter, or the Dunkirk/Fredonia area.

Not sure where in PA you were at but there are tremendously different circumstances in different parts of PA, even different parts of the same county. The shale gas premium is even more evident now but you might find good land not affected by either that or urban sprawl in the Penns Valley Area School District east of State College which has already an organic-y vibe overlaying the older PA Dutchy and at least some outsiders moving in, possibly Morrison's Cove in Blair & Bedford counties, maybe Crawford, western Warren, or Erie counties for cheaper land to check school district ratings.

For VA it seems land is a lot cheaper south/west of Roanoke (except for the immediate Blacksburg area) than around Charlottesville (especially) or Staunton/Waynesboro. Although the Staunton/Waynesboro area would certainly be cheaper than right around Charlottesville, and probably better ag land too.

Whitesburg, KY seems to have some locally based music/art scene set amid more typical Appalachia. Around Lexington seems kinda pricey but maybe some outer parts of the bluegrass belt might be affordable, would have to ask the KY forum.

Far western MD (Allegany, Garrett counties) and adjacent WVa (say, Hampshire and Mineral counties) have enough DC-weekender influence on land value to price out locals but it's still probably cheaper than what you're used to in the Hudson Valley.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:01 PM
 
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Central/western NY state has a lot cheaper land than the Hudson Valley although not as much cheaper anymore if it's underlain by the Marcellus Shale gas formation. Eastern Wayne County or northern Cayuga County might be worth looking at, with interesting topography from the great drumlin field and outside the shale-gas area. Maybe Orleans County although it's flatter, or the Dunkirk/Fredonia area.

Not sure where in PA you were at but there are tremendously different circumstances in different parts of PA, even different parts of the same county. The shale gas premium is even more evident now but you might find good land not affected by either that or urban sprawl in the Penns Valley Area School District east of State College which has already an organic-y vibe overlaying the older PA Dutchy and at least some outsiders moving in, possibly Morrison's Cove in Blair & Bedford counties, maybe Crawford, western Warren, or Erie counties for cheaper land to check school district ratings.

For VA it seems land is a lot cheaper south/west of Roanoke (except for the immediate Blacksburg area) than around Charlottesville (especially) or Staunton/Waynesboro. Although the Staunton/Waynesboro area would certainly be cheaper than right around Charlottesville, and probably better ag land too.

Whitesburg, KY seems to have some locally based music/art scene set amid more typical Appalachia. Around Lexington seems kinda pricey but maybe some outer parts of the bluegrass belt might be affordable, would have to ask the KY forum.

Far western MD (Allegany, Garrett counties) and adjacent WVa (say, Hampshire and Mineral counties) have enough DC-weekender influence on land value to price out locals but it's still probably cheaper than what you're used to in the Hudson Valley.
I was thinking about Tompkins, Schuyler, Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga and Tioga Counties, among other counties in Upstate NY that would work. Maybe the Oneonta/Otsego County area might work too.

There are definitely places in NY that are cheaper than the Hudson Valley area and that are of high quality, including schools.

I wonder if homes like these would work?

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Lancaster, CA
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Did you consider Texas? It has all kinds of areas with all kinds of climates. Where did you settle?
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