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Old 11-05-2018, 06:22 PM
 
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40 acre ranchettes... do you want desert, prairie, high plains, mountain valley , basins, or hills , wind, less wind or very little wind , flowing water, or intermitting streams... white tail deer , or mule deer, mountain goats, or big horn sheep, antelope or elk... Mining, oil gas, timber or grazing. Liberal(only couple spots) Conservative… job , and pay scale ...oh and how much snow deep snow to ski , snowmobile, or sideways snow, drifts, snow melt off a few times?
Hmm great points to ponder. I have a 2WD pickup so not tons of snow. I have a huge dog so lots of flat land to walk/bike/frolic around in would be great. Streams are nice. Mountain views and canyons are fantastic. I'm retiring so the job doesn't figure in. Although, if I find a place near a popular state park, I could Airbnb part of my place to travelers. I'd take any of those animals you listed as I love em all! I like vacation style cabins, farmhouses, old schoolhouses, stone or limestone houses, and anything unique. I love those old brick farmhouses in the midwest, sitting in a clump of old trees and surrounded by fields of grain. I want to be a few miles from town. I'm a townie now and not really liking it. I'm not a liberal. Not a church goer. I adore nature. Tolerate people. I'm happy by myself. I take my coffee straight up black meaning I'm pretty no nonsense. Hate shopping. But like flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores etc. Do you see a place where I should throw the dart?
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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C'mon in, the water's fine...lot's of people moving here...plenty of room for ya !
Hahaha thank you!
I want to check out Buffalo one day.
It looks so pretty from the interstate......
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:09 PM
 
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There are a few pockets in WY with normal wind and east of the Bighorns is one; Story, Buffalo, Sheridan, Big Horn, Ranchester, Dayton & Parkman - no wolves that I know of either, but housing prices are high.
Thank you! Yes Buffalo was one area I'm going to check out for sure.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:11 PM
 
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and just curious what (price range) you consider cheap?
250k
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Don't trust verbal assurances from owners or real estate agents. Verify everything yourself with input from government officials or independent experts (that you are still responsible for evaluating), especially related to water. Look up posts by sunspirit.


Outside Buffalo would be a good choice. Other possibilities that might be cheaper: Hullet, Sundance, Moorcroft, Glenrock, Douglas, Newcastle, Guensey, Kemmerer, Mountain View, Cokeville, Powell, Greybull, Marbleton, maybe Pinedale or Saratoga if you can find / accept something not too pricey...


"A few miles from town"... of 2,000, 5,000 or 30 plus thousand? How many hours from a still small but real metro?


How many zero degree days is acceptable? 10-20-50 per year? How much snow will you accept? 70 inches per year? 50? 30?

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Old 11-06-2018, 07:20 PM
 
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Don't trust verbal assurances from owners or real estate agents. Verify everything yourself with input from government officials or independent experts (that you are still responsible for evaluating), especially related to water. Look up posts by sunspirit.


Outside Buffalo would be a good choice. Other possibilities that might be cheaper: Hullet, Sundance, Moorcroft, Glenrock, Douglas, Newcastle, Guensey, Kemmerer, Mountain View, Cokeville, Powell, Greybull, Marbleton, maybe Pinedale or Saratoga if you can find / accept something not too pricey...


"A few miles from town"... of 2,000, 5,000 or 30 plus thousand? How many hours from a still small but real metro?


How many zero degree days is acceptable? 10-20-50 per year? How much snow will you accept? 70 inches per year? 50? 30?

Pop 20K is plenty for me. That would provide me enough supplies w/o the depressing big box shopping.
I could do a month or so of zero degrees but I can't do a lot of snow. My Ranger is 2WD.
So many pretty little hobbit house cabins over near Daniel et al, but I'm sure that is one of many 4WD "Seasonal Living" areas I need to steer clear of.
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:57 PM
 
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Between Cody and Powell might be the ticket. Low snow for WY, especially in Powell. Around 20 nights / mornings below zero per year. Cody around 10k, Powell 5k, 30k total in Park County.




Live in the country. Head to the laidback small town when you want that. Head to the bigger, busier town if you want that.


Buffalo isn't too bad on snow but gets more than Powell.


NE of Laramie might work.


Gillette is a smallish city, good location if you might like visiting Black Hills, Rapid City some.


Most of the smaller places I mentioned in earlier post would be more relevant if you didn't mind a 60-100 mile drive to a small city. Only a couple handfuls of towns between 10-50k.


How far to live from town is personal preference but make a realistic assessment of how often you need town and far you are willing to drive (including winter). Could pick a spot then move further out (or in) later. Especially if you rent first. A place far from town may be cheaper to buy but will also be cheaper and harder to sell if you change your mind.


This is good for climate data. https://wrcc.dri.edu/summary/climsmwy.html
Including snowfall and avg. snow depth. Some tables have varying levels of missing data, so round up. Check "temperature" on left side of table to find zero degree days and / or 90s.

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Old 11-07-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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Pop 20K is plenty for me. That would provide me enough supplies w/o the depressing big box shopping.
I could do a month or so of zero degrees but I can't do a lot of snow. My Ranger is 2WD.
So many pretty little hobbit house cabins over near Daniel et al, but I'm sure that is one of many 4WD "Seasonal Living" areas I need to steer clear of.
Snow tires for the winter and some sandbags in the back will do wonders for even moderate snowfalls; spent most of my life with RWD only in the Appalachians and never got stopped by moderate snow. I'm not suggesting you plan to live in the middle of Yellowstone with that, but don't be too afraid of some snow if you prepare for it. Seriously, get an extra set of wheels and Bridgestone Blizzaks and have them put on your Ranger in Nov.; put a few sandbags in the back, and you'll be quite pleased at how it goes in snow, even packed snow.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:02 PM
 
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Snow tires for the winter and some sandbags in the back will do wonders for even moderate snowfalls; spent most of my life with RWD only in the Appalachians and never got stopped by moderate snow. I'm not suggesting you plan to live in the middle of Yellowstone with that, but don't be too afraid of some snow if you prepare for it. Seriously, get an extra set of wheels and Bridgestone Blizzaks and have them put on your Ranger in Nov.; put a few sandbags in the back, and you'll be quite pleased at how it goes in snow, even packed snow.
And get a pair of chains for that rare time you'll need them. They're a b**ch to install, but the cost is low and they'll get you through most snow and ice that a 4x4 can make it through.

Incidentally, I strongly agree with the Blizzaks. Just don't run them in warm months or they'll wear down before the summer is over.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:51 AM
 
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And get a pair of chains for that rare time you'll need them. They're a b**ch to install, but the cost is low and they'll get you through most snow and ice that a 4x4 can make it through.

Incidentally, I strongly agree with the Blizzaks. Just don't run them in warm months or they'll wear down before the summer is over.
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