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Old 01-26-2021, 01:44 PM
 
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Me and my fiancé just bought property in Christmas valley, we are looking forward to developing, getting roads in an structures up....we would love some help. Our realtor told us this was a good space to check in. Any leads are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 01-27-2021, 10:59 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Maybe you could narrow down the scope of your question?
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Old 01-29-2021, 09:28 AM
 
Location: WA
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Christmas Valley is about as remote of a location as you can find and still be in the lower 48. What are you trying to "develop" just a home site of some sort? Or a farm/business that will generate income?

About all that I'm aware of happening there today is some alfalfa farming where there is irrigated water. Basically a handful of old-time farmers. Otherwise it is pretty barren. There were some land schemes in the 60s and 70s trying to sell land plots to would-be farmers from CA but they mostly collapsed as the soils and climate aren't really conducive to most types of intensive agriculture.
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Old 01-29-2021, 10:18 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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There isn't any water for agriculture. The old alfalfa farms are grandfathered in and get to pump water, but they were drawing the aquifer down too much and so no more water permits for agriculture will be issued. I'm pretty sure you can still get a permit for a household use well, but none of that can be used for irrigation.


I like Christmas Valley but it is remote. On the plus side, there are the Dunes and the ancient forest and you can see herds of pronghorn antelope.


OP has already purchased, but for anyone else, be careful that you don't buy on the clay lake bed. The dust is so fine, you won't be able to breathe.
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Old 01-29-2021, 11:02 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Me and my fiancé just bought property in Christmas valley, we are looking forward to developing, getting roads in an structures up....we would love some help. Our realtor told us this was a good space to check in. Any leads are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
scary...

Where? (How far from town? / terrain? / Road surface? (can a concrete truck access site?) / Neighbors?...)
How much land?
Access to available services? (How for is power?, or do you plan to use generator / off-grid?)
Perk?
Well?
Size of structure?
Ag vs Residential?
PT cabin or FT residence?
Vehicle?
Budget?
Choice of building materials? (type of structure)
Time Frame?
Commute? (current location?)
End Game? (fixup to sell, or build to stay forever?)

I'm sure your realtor has answered all the above, but we also need to know these minor details if you want any useful guidance.
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