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Old 01-08-2016, 06:53 AM
 
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There is another recent thread where a couple wants enough land to be somewhat self sufficient. Take a look at it and quiz the OP who has decided on the area of talimena parkway in far eastern 'SE' ok. Good luck, I am pleased you are planning to visit bryan county.
The Talihina post is #111 in thread titled "Don't go here!"
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:42 PM
 
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The Talihina post is #111 in thread titled "Don't go here!"
Yes, that's my post .

My wife and I are looking to avoid the rat race. She is a veterinarian, I am a software engineer. We want to farm, run a few horses and make have a few cows. We, however, have the skills to DIY - our last project was a foreclosure SW of Austin, TX where we did all the work, repairs, fencing, organic gardens, horse arena, shelters etc. etc. so we are not going into this blind and helpless - it is an intentional and hopefully well researched decision. We have spent 7+ years looking for the right spot to settle - the area around Talihina (and near the Ouachita Natl Forest) offers the greenery, sufficient water, plenty of space to roam and ride our horses, have a small organic farm, grow some hay etc. etc. Land is the cheapest I have seen - maybe portions of Kentucky or some other locales compete but who wants to live in Kentucky?

However, poverty seemed to be around a lot - I suppose one has to accept it, SE OK is one of the few unspoiled by development places around.

We did notice a huge amount of oil rigs everywhere - it is like a bunch of scars on Earth (check out Google Maps prior to buying any property!). Another thing that seems to be abundant are broiler houses - more on the Arkansas side but plenty on the Oklahoma side - that's another thing to watch out when buying land - these tend to stink to high heaven and contaminate the water supply.

Another thing to be wary of is hunting - many tracts are advertised, sold and used for hunting. We don't hunt but do not mind respectful hunters or folks who hunt to put food on the table. Obviously, if you are sensitive to this kind of stuff - the area will not be fun esp. in hunting season or if your neighbor loves to hunt.

During our visit in September we met a very nice couple that just opened a new coffee shop in Talihina - they are from Texas and very nice folks! Now there is a nice place to have a cup of coffee or a sandwich and hang out in Talihina.

Being a newcomer to an area always sucks but most people were fairly friendly . As I said in a previous post, we are not naive about the possibilities of various people living around but it is what it is - there are no guarantees in life

Obviously, jobs will be hard to come by - best bring your job with you or money in the bank...
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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Durant in SE Oklahome, Bryan County, well west of the heart of the where you are Ogrend offers area strong growing economy due to its business connections with Texas and Dallas as well as the Choctaw casino there. It is not as hilly or remote feeling as where you landed. However some place North East of it might find a good compromise between the many of the positives you cited for those needing jobs that do not work remotedly.

Thanks for the update. We have a place in NM mountains so observered your evolution from NM to OK to land. Very interesting though process. I think few recognize SE Oklahoma's abundance of water resourced and remoteness. They just fly over it without considering it.
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Old 01-10-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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Durant in SE Oklahome, Bryan County, well west of the heart of the where you are Ogrend offers area strong growing economy due to its business connections with Texas and Dallas as well as the Choctaw casino there. It is not as hilly or remote feeling as where you landed. However some place North East of it might find a good compromise between the many of the positives you cited for those needing jobs that do not work remotedly.

Thanks for the update. We have a place in NM mountains so observered your evolution from NM to OK to land. Very interesting though process. I think few recognize SE Oklahoma's abundance of water resourced and remoteness. They just fly over it without considering it.
Yeah, it has been a long road towards our goal of being self-sufficient and farming somewhere pretty and cheap. I am starting to feel tired
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