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Old 12-06-2007, 01:24 PM
 
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We are thinking about where to retire in a few years. Frankly we'd like to move out to Idaho but we have to think about costs. We have a few horses that we would like to keep but will have limited funds. We currently live in VA and were thinking that NE TN, KY or WV might be possibilities. Does anyone know which is the most reasonable for an old farmhouse on 10 or so acres? We don't need big city things, just a nice quiet place where we can enjoy the outdoors. Of course reasonable driving distance to a hospital and such would be necessary. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis Indiana
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You might want to take a look at northern Caldwell County in NC. Horse owners in that part of the county have access to beautiful bridal paths up into Watauga County adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. For now the cost of property is still very reasonable.
Good luck in your search.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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.... Does anyone know which is the most reasonable for an old farmhouse on 10 or so acres? We don't need big city things, just a nice quiet place where we can enjoy the outdoors. Of course reasonable driving distance to a hospital and such would be necessary. Thanks!
Four bedroom farmhouses with attached barn on 10 to 20 acres, are fairly common around here.

But TN, KY, WV; are all a long drive away

You should be able to find something nice for under $80k, you can here. I am sure that you can there as well. Good luck.

Just be careful that you do not get roped into land with property taxes above $200.
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Old 12-07-2007, 06:21 AM
 
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you can find lots of those kinds of properties in KY within reasonable driving distance to cities with good health care, shopping, etc. Even within 30-40 miles of Lexington there are lots of them, and smaller cities (Bowling Green, etc) will also offer many choices.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:39 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I should've added the reason we are looking in the areas I posted is because we are trying to stay in a milder climate where we will have more pasture for the horses and not have to buy as much hay. Also, we want to be in a conservative area of the country, it's getting too liberal in parts of VA. And we want to stay away from high tornadoes areas if possible. It seems that Eastern TN, KY & WV are less prone to tornadoes then areas further west. Also, keeping in mind taxes and expenses. Again, thanks for the input ;-)
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Cove, Monterey, TN
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We are thinking about where to retire in a few years. Frankly we'd like to move out to Idaho but we have to think about costs. We have a few horses that we would like to keep but will have limited funds. We currently live in VA and were thinking that NE TN, KY or WV might be possibilities. Does anyone know which is the most reasonable for an old farmhouse on 10 or so acres? We don't need big city things, just a nice quiet place where we can enjoy the outdoors. Of course reasonable driving distance to a hospital and such would be necessary. Thanks!
Check out the Cumberland Plateau area of Tennessee around Cookeville, Monterey, and Crossville. We visited there in August and loved the area. Property is still reasonable there. Both Cookeville and Crossville have hospitals.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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You might want to consider the Jamestown, Tennessee area. It's located in a beautiful part of the state - Dale Hollow Lake (reportedly the most pristine lake in Tennessee) and Big South Fork National Park (rather like the Smokies, minus the traffic) are nearby. It's also known as a location favored by those who keep horses. Medical and shopping facilities are readily available, yet it's most definitely a rural area where real estate is very reasonably priced.

Frank
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Ocala National Forest
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We had the same dilema, retiring in our mid 50's, with 6 horses, and wanting to add some cattle. We needed lots of pasture and found it in Collinwood, TN. Currently we are in FL on 5 acres, just about 10 miles east of THE VILLAGES, very labor intensive as our horses must be corraled most of the day and out on limtied pasture about 3 - 4 hours only. We will be leaving in about 24 - 30 months for 36 acres! Of course we will need to build a home and a barn, but we can not wait! Not to mention all the new places to trail ride within about 1 hours drive. I guess we are not the typical retiree type, we want a rural lifestyle that we can afford. No golf cart community for us!
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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It seems that there's several boomers that are looking for the rural lifestyle these days, as for ourselves we are headed to the rural area's of Northern Nevada. Not alot of acreage but don't need that much we will have only 5 acres to play with but no cattle or horses so that should be plenty. I hear so much about Village living and not sure we would fit into that type of enviroment, never been much for how others think we should live..
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