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Old 09-18-2019, 07:28 AM
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Huge positive to me. My only worry is that someone would put in a development right behind me.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:40 AM
Location: Raleigh NC
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some people prefer neighbors 20 ft away - ie, established, HOA-type neighborhoods where your own yardwork is a minimum.

some people prefer multiple acres, with max privacy and no one in sight.

you have to decide where you lie in that continuum, and then limit your search to the specific type of property.

Once you do, then you can address the issues that come with buying a property of the type you're interested in.

A good place to start is to decide:

a. just how close to your neighbors is too close.
b. what kind of utilities will you have. In my locale, for example, this means "am I on municipal water/waste, or well/septic?" and "do I have natural gas service?"
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:50 AM
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Location: Tucson Arizona
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Would and have.
3 acres, with only one house next to ours and one kitty corner across the street.

Currently have 2.5 acres with neighbors on three sides, but their lots range from 2.5 to 10 acres, so there's lots of open space.

In between, we spent five months in an apartment. Aauugghh!
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:09 PM
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We passed up a house once w/ an empty lot next to it. I think it was 2 lots actually. Want to know what's going on around me before I buy, well, as much as is possible.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:37 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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I grew up on a farm. While there were only two close neighbors, even people who lived a couple of miles away were "in your neighborhood" and would help out in emergencies, notice if your cows were on the road (and help you get them inside the fence), check on your place if you were gone, etc. I was never afraid or worried.

Funny story. I have some relatives who still live on a large farm. Their house is almost a quarter mile from the road. They are retired but recently bought the 80 acre piece of land across the road from them because they were worried that someone might build a house there (or horrors of horrors, build a subdivision).
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:53 PM
Location: USA
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Research who owns the empty lot(s) and forest behind, etc.
We owned a 2-ac place that backed to a 12ac 'preserve area', and empty 2-ac lot next door; secured a free 'grazing lease' behind us and got to 'enjoy having' 16 acres for the price of only 2 for 15 years!!
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:04 PM
Location: equator
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After spending many years in wide-open vistas, now I find woods creepy.

Weird, I used to like them! (too many scary movies featuring woods).

I prefer being able to see for miles.
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:18 PM
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No, never. Aside from it being very pitch black at night, there's no one around, and that's too lonely. It's comforting to see other houses on your street and know that other people around even if you don't want to talk to them.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:08 PM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I love my forest!

Of course, we could be talking apples and oranges here in that, there it is a half acre, here it is 10+ acres. There is house is built, me I had to build the house. There, I guess you can't do much legally on a half acre, here 10+ acres were bought for water and gun laws.

All that said, I love my forest!
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:08 PM
Location: Dallas
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I would love it. The farther away neighbors are the better.

Just be sure to check out the weekend activity in the area before making a final decision.

Too often what appears to be a peaceful, secluded area is swarming with 4 wheelers, snowmobiles, and pickup trucks roaring down the road and through the woods. What are the hunting laws near the property you are considering? Can you deal with hunters roaming the woods and hearing guns go off? What you consider to be a peaceful haven others may consider it to be a recreational hot spot.
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