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Old 09-26-2007, 06:14 PM
 
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OK.. I, like a lot of other folks, am looking for the holy grail of land in california.

I currently live in the bay area. I have a consulting business, that I think I can make work within roughly 3 hours of the bay area (again, big shocker.. I know!). I can technically afford a 500 or 700k mortgage.. but I don't want to, I prefer to live below my means and have some money left over at the end of the month So I'm looking in the 400k range.

Requirements:
Decent 3/2 house, not more than 25 years old.

~3 hours from bay area. 3.5 max.

5+ acres of mostly usable "open" land, but not flat farm land. rolling hills, trees, and rocks are good. Very tall pines, where it gets dark 3 hours before sunset, is not so good.

High Speed Internet. Satellite will not work.

Below the "always snowing" line. I'm ok with a dusting periodically.

Good well water


Bonuses:

Major shopping nearby (wal mart, target, kmart, chain grocers, etc)
Cultural destinations (playhouses, museums, modern hospitals, universities, etc)

Super bonus would be an emerging "tech" industry.


I've been looking at the mariposa area. I've visited there a couple times, and so far it seems to be a pretty good match, but I'm big on due diligence, so I'm looking for other areas. I would LOVE to be able to hit the outlaying monterey county areas, but its about 250k too much.

Any suggestions or advice would be excellent!
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Plymouth in Amador county, a short distance due east of Sacramento. It's at the start of the Sierra foothills and semi wooded with oaks and some pines. There is not much in Plymouth and surrounding areas - a supermarket, gas station, etc. but it's a short distance to Sacramento. Jackson is a short distance to the south. The Shenandoah Valley wine country is in the area with many wineries open to the public for tasting.
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