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Old 03-20-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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...I landed a work-from-home job with good pay and great benefits. I can work from literally anywhere I want so long as I have an internet connection.

So, the time has come to find that perfect place!

Here are some stipulations:

1. Must be near lots of horse riding opportunities (national or state forests, BLM land, whatever...)..
4. Mild climate year-round or if we can't have that: 4 distinct seasons 5. Climate, soil, water availability enough to grow a garden for 2-3 people (grow veggies and berries, at least)
6. Rural

Bonuses (nice to have but not a deal breaker):
1. Medical facilities within 50 miles
2. Town of 5-15,000 within 30-45 minute drive
3. Large town/city within hour and a half to two hours drive

If I will be buying a house with the lot, the budget is $200-$220K. Without a house, obviously much cheaper

Can anyone recommend such a place? Does it even exist?

Thanks!
OD
Plenty in these parts too! PNW (WA = no income tax; OR = no sales tax (but 9% income tax), ID, pretty evenly taxed and desirable too)

I would look to White Salmon, WA / BZ Corners, Centerville, Trout Lake (Goldendale is cheaper and drier + 1 hr further). The Mid Columbia River Gorge is really ideal and diverse region and very well balanced and proactive economically (and within 1-2 hrs of Portland, OR, 3-5 of Seattle)

A Most beautiful horse property is currently available for $300k, it is 30 min to Portland, but a bit rainy (tho adjoins a few hundred acres of forest land). Right next to here. Cape Horn Loop Hike
Across the road just sold for $320k with barns, shop and house (14 Acres).

There are many bargains most locales. You just have to pay more if closer to town, Having built several places, as well as each of my kids building rural places for Home School projects... it is much cheaper to buy and fix up. (wells, permits, septic, grading, materials, concrete, fences, barns, water systems, orchards, garden soils, ...). I look for trashed houses or mobile homes on really nice acreages. 4 hrs with an excavator can do wonders. (and save you YEARS of development hassle)
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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I hope you missed this one! (great pic of Heartstrong Fire)
Just went and saw it today, actually, when I went over to Yuma for work. Yeah, it was pretty big. At least for this area. One of the houses that was lost belonged to a lady in her 90s. Took everything she had but the clothes on her back. ETA: I see they have a pic of Mrs. Pletcher's place. Yeah, 94, still living in her own home and now nothing...

One of the houses that was saved was actually the house and the barn. But the fire got a couple of other outbuildings, vehicles, tractor and anything else. It was pretty devastating...

To the rest, that's one thing I love about the internet. It truly is a small world. (BTW, I'd be just like the visitor who complained about the trees. I HATE not being able to see! lol)

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:48 AM
 
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I have been watching these forums for a while and the time has come for me to ask the question

I landed a work-from-home job with good pay and great benefits. I can work from literally anywhere I want so long as I have an internet connection.

So, the time has come to find that perfect place!

Here are some stipulations:

1. Must be near lots of horse riding opportunities (national or state forests, BLM land, whatever...)
2. 5-8+ acres
3. Must be somewhat green - if I cannot graze two horses on it, I am fine supplementing all or portion of the feed, however, they should have at least something to graze as opposed to sitting in mud, red-dirt or sand.
4. Mild climate year-round or if we can't have that: 4 distinct seasons (not looking for a place too hot most of the year or too cold or too much snow for too long)
5. Climate, soil, water availability enough to grow a garden for 2-3 people (grow veggies and berries, at least)
6. Rural

Bonuses (nice to have but not a deal breaker):
1. Medical facilities within 50 miles
2. Town of 5-15,000 within 30-45 minute drive
3. Large town/city within hour and a half to two hours drive

If I will be buying a house with the lot, the budget is $200-$220K. Without a house, obviously much cheaper

Can anyone recommend such a place? Does it even exist?

Thanks!
OD

You may want to look into southwest VA. Lots of horse farms there and the winters are mild. Land can be pretty cheap in certain areas. Areas to look along US81, Shenandoah is spectacular. South of Raoanoke towards Galax is pretty cheap. Also Bedford county east of the Blue Ridges is another nice area.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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can't make you contribute but makes me wonder why the heck you are on this forum....

"thanks"
od
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