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Old 03-15-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Default Looking for that perfect place

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
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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Many exist, all over the place.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Many exist, all over the place.
Care to expand?
OD
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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Care to expand?
OD
Nope. Don't want crowds flocking to them and ruining them. But they're not hard to find. We did.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Lancaster OH

Columbus IN

Hickory NC

Spencer IA

Hopkinsville, KY

Murray KY

Gainesville, GA

Find Your Spot dot Com
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Nope. Don't want crowds flocking to them and ruining them. But they're not hard to find. We did.
Can't make you contribute but makes me wonder why the heck you are on this forum....

"Thanks"
OD
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Lancaster OH

Columbus IN

Hickory NC

Spencer IA

Hopkinsville, KY

Murray KY

Gainesville, GA

Find Your Spot dot Com
KY, NC and GA: thanks! I will look into availability of riding opportunities around there. As for OH, IN and IA - weather sucks there (for me). I quickly looked up Lancaster, OH and they get snow between Nov and Mar/Apr....

OD
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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Can't make you contribute but makes me wonder why the heck you are on this forum....

"Thanks"
OD
Because I live rurally near a small village and I can contribute generally without specificity as to precise location. Suffice it to say we're in the Ozarks which should be clear from information displayed each time I post. That might give you a starting post.

You're welcome!
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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Small town/rural areas in Saratoga or Warren Counties in Upstate NY could work for most, if not all of your criteria. places like Saratoga Springs(pop. 26,000), with it's horse racing scene and Glens Falls(pop. 14,000) are in the area too. It is in an area of Upstate NY that tends to get less snow than other parts and cost of living is around the national average. Albany, as well as Schenectady and Troy aren't too far away either. Perhaps the southern part of Essex County would work as well. There are hospitals in the first two cities, as well as Ticonderoga in southern Essex County.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: NE TN~ TriCities
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Just about anywhere in east TN will be within 2 hours of Knoxville or Chattanooga and there are oodles of small towns. Seems to fit most of your other criteria also.
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