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Old 04-28-2009, 11:15 AM
Location: Lead/Deadwood, SD
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Originally Posted by jmgg View Post
He's got a point. The Black Hills are gorgeous. We go there about every 2 to 3 years even though it's 350 miles away. Unfortunately, it's starting to get overrun with developments that should have never been allowed to happen. When you're driving down Spearfish Canyon road and you can look up and see houses on the cliffs SOMETHING IS WRONG.
Fortunately there are very few undeveloped lots left in Spearfish Canyon and the rest is national forest. So we will see a few more places go up, but the private lots (most which were platted in the 60's and 70's) are nearly all built on now. The developments we are seeing now (at lest in the northern hills) are being done on some of the last private grounds left. Although it saddens me sometimes, I also realize that just around the corner there are millions of acres of ground to explore that will always be there. (as long as the forest service doesn't sell out) knock on wood....
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:35 AM
Location: southern california
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pray hard
my concept of place has always been where i have fought the hardest and won the most.
in spain they gota place called "extremadura" in extremadura all the churches are in forts.
been like that for me pretty much the whole time.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:27 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by Andrew78 View Post
Once you do find a job that you enjoy, I would suggest using a rural land listing service such as ... You can set parameters to search by area, type of land, and even find acreage based on waterfront views. If you are wanting acreage with a home pre-built, I would check out .
You sound like you are advertising.

We have seen repeatedly that once rural land goes onto the MLS it's price doubles or more.

Lower priced homes and land is available if you stay away from MLS listings and away from realtors.

Recommending a realtor website is advertising and is not truly helping anyone.

And you are posting this junk on multiple threads.

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Old 04-30-2009, 04:58 PM
Location: In God's Hands
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Originally Posted by marmac View Post
IMHO, the OP is making a serious mistake ( in these tough economic times) by listing --jobs-- at the very end of their criteria as almost an afterthought.

First ,find out where you can get a --job--, then use your criteria in comparing those places.

It appears you are placing the cart ahead of the horse.
Originally Posted by boredandbroke View Post
My family and I have lived in Califronia our whole lives. My husband and I are 24 years old and have 2 small children. We want to move out of CA within a year or so.
We want to live in a small rural area. We like to hunt, fish, camp, hike, garden and own guns. I'd like to stay away from extreme hot weather. (Where we our now gets to 80s starting in April and climbs to 110s in June-September.) Can anyone give good suggestions? And types of jobs that are near by?
I don't really agree that just because they put "jobs" at the end of their list means it is at the end of their list. They sound like us. We've lived in CA all our lives, and at this time I'm researching the possibility of moving out of state. It's not a good time job-wise, but it also is a good time job-wise as my husband was laid off in Feb. He dislikes his new job greatly and the schedule has him gone much of the time. But, it's a job, right?

If a great job offer was presented, but in an area we found we could not live in, we would stay here for sure. There was a possible job last week, but in the end we opted against it as we realized the climate was not something we were willing to live with. So, I think that is what the op meant, that there are certain criteria in their search; when they get some specific locations/states/regions decided upon, then they will look for jobs in those places before moving. Now, some people will live in a place they hate, for a good job. Nothing wrong with that. But, for us, and possibly the op, it is: acceptable locations, secure job, and then move, if we do leave at all (I hope!)

That being said, if they are considering staying in CA, there are some pretty nice rural areas still here. East of Sacramento is El Dorado County, and it is very rural for the most part, many people here are avid hunters, and there's Tahoe nearby for lots of recreation. Also it's a great climate for gardening, and though it does get hot here, it doesn't sound as bad as what she describes. Real estate is still pretty high I guess, but there are deals to be had with all of the foreclosures. Job situation isn't great though, as is the case in much of CA.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:16 PM
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Check out western Kentucky. You have two lakes, Kentucky Lake, the largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River at 160,000 acres, and Lake Barkley, at 58,000 acres. (Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between the Lakes) Kentucky Lake hold the record for the largest of three different fish in the state. A 5 lb. white bass, 55 lb buffalo carp, and a 1 lb. white perch. In between the two you have the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. 170,000 acres of land with no homes, businesses, nothing but hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, camping, and sightseeing. (Land Between The Lakes | HOME ) Go to recreation, then fishing, then you can check out the fishing report.
As far as prices in the area, gas ranges anywhere from $1.90.9 to $205.9. I can buy milk for $2.59/gallon. We bought a 3 br 2 bath home on an acre about a mile from a small town of about 4,000 for $75,000. Step daughter and husband (military) just bought a house out in the county here. 4 br, 2 bath brick home on almost 13 acres for $139,000. They're about 6 miles out of town. They wanted the land mainly for their 6 yr old to have a place to ride his 4 wheeler. The realtor told him he will be able, if he wants to, to sit in the back yard and hunt turkey and deer. If you have heard of Ft. Campbell Army base, home of the 101st Airborne, it's about 35 miles away. We're about an hour from Nashville, Tn. There are small factories in the area, but one of the biggest employers in the county moved to Mexico and left 450 out of work. The state set up a workforce development office to help the workers train for other jobs and get a job somewhere else.
Sorry to carry on so much but I've lived in this part of the state all my life (so far). The Trigg County Elementary School is rated 17th out of 154 school districts. I'm plugging Cadiz and Trigg County, but there's a lot to see and places to live in western Kentucky. Hope you check us out!
You should come around Cadiz around the second week in October for the country ham festival. Hope you get to sample some of the 4000 lb. country ham biscuit. Home of the Trigg County Country Ham Festival in Cadiz, Trigg County, Kentucky. The best country hams in the world are produced here in Cadiz and Trigg County.
If you look at the bottome of the page on that site you will see that "Our fair city expands from about 4,000 residents to 80,000 or more excited people during the Ham Festival!"
I have one friend from California who has already put in a bid on a house in Russelville, Ky., about 60 miles east of here. Have another California friend who has other friends here and is house looking online and coming for her second visit in a couple weeks.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:18 PM
Location: So. Cal
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Originally Posted by jmgg View Post
Wait until you hit northern Minnesota and the black flies find you. Nothing I've experienced can match the joy of running to your car after being bit by a swarm of devil's own creatures. Incidentally, the state bird in Minnesota is the mosquito.
I used to live in Northern Minnesota, we had two seasons there, Winter and mosquito season. If the O.P. wants to consider Minnesota I would suggest visiting 2 times, once in the middle of January so they can feel what real cold is like and also in the summer when the mosquitos are out.

By the way I have seen it snow in the summer there so make sure you have a well insulated house to keep your heating bills down.

I will gladly take my summer California heat over Minnesota winters anyday.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:56 AM
Location: Cody, WY
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The person who said Pennsylvania has lax gun laws has a strange definition of lax. They are very restrictive. So are Minnesota's. Kentucky isn't bad for guns, but the hot, humid summers are unbelievable.

Look at Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, especially the cooler parts. Every county in Wyoming has recorded snow in every month of the year. Guns are part of the culture. Obama's percentage of the vote in Wyoming was smaller than in any other state.
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