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Old 10-27-2007, 09:47 AM
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My wife made me move from Irvine, CA to Las Vegas because her sister and family lives here. 1.5 years later, my brother in law applies for, and gets a job on the East coast.
So that's nice... I never wanted to live here in the first place.
Now I'm stuck in a house in the Vegas market and I can't see myself trying to sell for 18-24 months.
Long story short, I’m from the NW and would like to move back. My wife is from the desert, so I can only move her so far north before she'll get miserable. We have decided that Oregon would be a place we could meet in the middle. We have a home base business. So as long as my laptop can get a signal, we can live anywhere.
We want to take a trip to Southern, OR area and find some land to buy in the next 12-18 months and build over the next 18-24 months.

I'm looking for communities with 4-5 acre parcels, off the beaten path, creeks, rolling hills, trees. All the stuff people move to Oregon for.
We want to start making a plan, and this forum seems very helpful. Maybe some of you know of new deveoplments that are in the works and will be going on the market in the next 2 years.
Any links to developers or just general advice is helpful.

Last edited by Powersmith; 10-27-2007 at 09:55 AM.. Reason: I forgot something
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:41 PM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Google Southern Oregon Multiple Listing and start reading.

Once you find property, check with the county planning department to make sure you can get a building permit. That is not a given. In my neighborhood, it requires 160 acres to get a building permit, though you can create housing lots on as little as 80 acres. That has resulted in a kind of musical chairs, where boundary line adjustments create a lot big enough to build a house, shrink it to 80 acres, and repeat on the next parcel. There's a 5 acre parcel right next to me that has been bought and sold 6 times in the last 10 years. It is, and remains, unbuildable, though the price keeps going up. The last time it sold for $60,000. I would give them $5000 plus the appraised value of the timber, which looks to be about $20,000.

You might have an easier time finding what you want in Northern California. I understand California has tightened up their land use laws, but there haven't been many new 5 acre lots platted in Oregon in the last 35 years. They are pretty much built out. The 5 acre ranchettes are more of a California thing.
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Old 10-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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Most of the remaining land that is zoned RR-5 in So. Or. is hillside. THere are a couple of properties south of G.P. that are on the market. They are rare and expensive, so 200+K is the norm, there is one for 289k about 10 miles from town off of fish hatchery, you can find the ad in thedailycourier.com
Under the land for sale section. It is on a creek with views and beautiful woods.

I'll have some 5 ac. lots in a yr. or so. they are view lots and will be 300+k -500k ea.
again the land use laws in Oregon are so tight that these properties are a premium.

The other option is to find an old mobilhome on an existing parcel. There are quite a few of them around.

The Governing bodies State, County and City are stacked against growth. There is a large, I've got mine club in Oregon. Many that make it here, want to stop others from the same freedom.........
I wish it wasn't so, but we have to work with the powers in place, until they are replaced.
Most of the land is not privately owned, that is a big problem for supply and demand.

best wishes

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:48 AM
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Too bad guys! We're coming. ; ) I'll be looking forward to the "I got Mine" membership card and meetings.

Thanks for the input. I think the land with a manufactured home might be the way to go. I never used that in my search criteria in the past and probably have been overlooking things.
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