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Old 04-21-2014, 11:58 PM
 
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Hello, I was wondering how far south/southeast one would have to go from St Louis to find some inexpensive small acreage that would allow goats and chickens. I'd really like to be within about an hour of at Louis, as we would need to go to StL once or twice per week. St Louis area is a new thought for me, so I am pretty naive about the entire area.
Affordable would be 20k for 3-5acres.. Or under 80k for a fixer upper

Thanks

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:50 AM
 
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I don't know about goats, but I'm pretty sure you can keep chickens even in the city! Probably would have to pay more than 20k for a house, though.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:02 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Look on the east side in Illinois. I think land is generally cheaper over there and you won't have to go so far out to find acreage. You could probably find what you're looking for within 30 minutes of the city.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:04 AM
 
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I honestly have no clue about prices, but there is a lot of rural area within an hour of downtown if you include the IL side in your search.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I agree that the Illinois side especially will have plenty of options within your price range. There is acreage on the St. Louis side but it often seems to be more expensive.

Also, in my experience, if you look at prices slightly above your range, there is always a chance you'll be able to get the price down with the seller, especially if the property has been on the market for a while (we were able to get our house for $34k below the initial asking price).

However, I believe that property taxes are lower here on the Missouri side, so that's something to consider as well (we also have lower gas prices!).

Take a look at these addresses (I'm not sure if I can link here, so just google them or punch them into Zillow!)

23280 N Irish Ln, Jerseyville, IL, 62052 (land only- 7 acres for $29k)
29121 Ivy Ln, Jerseyville, IL, 62052 (house and land- 3.5 acres for $99k)
4041 Fosterburg Rd, Alton, IL, 62002 (land only- 4 acres for $36k)
18 Matterhorn, Marthasville, MO, 63357 (house and land- 3 acres for $57k)
3760 Ethington Ln, Moscow Mills, MO, 63362 (house and land- 5 acres for $48k)
3631 Woodchuck Dr, Foristell, MO, 63348 (house and land- 3 acres for $54k)
3665 E Highway 47, Winfield, MO, 63389 (house and land- 3.6 acres for $84k)
151 Hilltop Ct, Foley, MO, 63347 (house and land- 3 acres for $60k)

There's plenty more if you do a search on Zillow or similar, all within an hour of St. Louis Also, when you are looking at properties, make sure you check out what the local town (if it's considered to be in town / city limits) ordinances are on goats, chickens, livestock, etc. In these rural areas it shouldn't be a problem, but it's always best to be safe than sorry!

Best of luck to you and I hope you love it here! ♥
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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Thanks guys!! I'll consider Illinois. I guess I never realized it was so close to StL. /:-)
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:16 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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In my opinion the Missouri side is prettier, but if you go up towards Alton / Grafton kind of area it's more attractive over there
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:04 PM
 
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Hey, off topic, but I'm just curious.. Where to Missourians usually go for vacation? You guys seem to be in the middle of everything! I realize that people go everywhere for vacation, but are there any hotspots for a weekend getaway?
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Weekend getaways? Tons of places! Chicago is #1 on my list, just because its the closest big city...and because my whole family is still there. About a 5 hour drive. Add Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Indianapolis, Cincinatti, Milwaukee, Columbus as cities for easy long weekend trips. Lake of the Ozarks is very popular in the summer, but I've never been.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:53 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Pre-baby, Chicago and Nashville always topped my list! But all of the other cities Billiken suggested are always on the radar as well.

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to go to Branson, Lake of the Ozarks, etc!
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