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Washington Land for Lease or Sale

 
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Location: Port Orchard, Washington
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This is to any interested individuals who may be interested in purchasing or leasing land in
Washington state. The parcel is located in the far eastern end of the Cowlitz river valley  in lewis county
near Packwood. it is 5.4 acres part is wetland.
Pros: excellent Soil can grow anything that will grow in zone 8. Property has a well that delivers 35GPM

Cons:

Roaming herds of elk are like locusts-  they eat anything in their path. without protection, any crops you may plant will be destroyed
the property is not fenced and no power

Potential Renters/ lessees: Ideally I would like to have someone set up their RV for one season to see how it works out have a dog
for protection would be advisable. Terms would be negotiable. trade for fencing/development work considered.
Rental/Lease Terms would be renewed/Negotiated on a yearly basis no over wintering- would need to vacate property in November


Potential Buyers: quick claim deed, private sale with Attorney drawing up sale agreement Cash $75,000

If interested E-Mail me at beanstock2@gmail.com
 
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Hello! Is this property fully/partially treed? Is it totally flat, or hills? Do you know what it was used for in the past? (ie: recreation, homestead, vacant, etc) And is this your property, or is this post for a friend/relative?
Have you had any soil tests performed? And is the well on the property, or is it just well access? Is this property capable of growing zone 8 anything, do you know from experience growing there, or just are guessing- since Lewis County is zone 8. Sorry for all the questions...
Thank you!
M
 
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Michelle,

In reply to your questions:

Q: Is this property fully/partially treed?

A: It has some trees. It has some native cherry trees on the north line running east and west, as I mentioned in the ad, it has a wet/ wetland area that has some cottonwood, vining maple some fir trees and several maple. but of nothing of significance if you are thinking of harvesting timber for sale or use.

Q: Is it totally flat, or hills?

A: Yes it is totally Flat.  so in part that is good, but the drawback is that it is in a 100 year flood zone mostly because
of it's close proximately to the Cowlitz River. as a matter of fact the second year after I purchased it, it flooded and the again
the year after that.

Q: Do you know what it was used for in the past? (ie: recreation, homestead, vacant, etc)

A: the property was vacant when I purchased it. I has not been farmed since I Purchased it but
I can tell you no chemicals and or pesticides have ever been used if that is a concern to you.

Q:  And is this your property, or is this post for a friend/relative?

A: this is my property, it is free and clear title.


Q: Have you had any soil tests performed?

A: No, however but here is the soil profile from the us soil survey site.

Siler silt/Loam percentage 76%

Description of Siler
Setting
Landform: Flood plains, terraces
Typical profile
H1 - 0 to 6 inches: silt loam
H2 - 6 to 14 inches: silt loam
H3 - 14 to 21 inches: sand
H4 - 21 to 60 inches: stratified loamy sand to silt loam  
Elevation: 820 to 980 feet
Mean annual precipitation: 50 to 70 inches
Mean annual air temperature: 50 degrees F
Frost-free period: 125 to 175 days
Farmland classification: All areas are prime farmland


Greenwater  Loamy sand

Percentage of greenwater 24% (on the West side of the Property)
Description of Greenwater
Setting
Landform: Terraces, flood plains
Parent material: Alluvium derived from andesite and pumice
Typical profile
H1 - 0 to 7 inches: loamy sand
H2 - 7 to 60 inches: sand
Elevation: 100 to 1,800 feet
Mean annual precipitation: 50 to 70 inches
Mean annual air temperature: 48 to 50 degrees F
Frost-free period: 130 to 170 days
Farmland classification: Prime farmland if irrigated


Q; is the well on the property, or is it just well access?

A: The well is on the property however it has not been  used but I plan to set up a well pump this season. as I stated, the conservative estimate is 35 GPM as tested my the well driller
Note: I dowsed the location of the well site before I had it drilled so I know it is the best location for this property

Q: Is this property capable of growing zone 8 anything, do you know from experience growing there, or just are guessing- since Lewis County is zone 8.

A: I have no personal experience yet, but here is the info from the usda https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx
also of note I would say that at least 45% of western Washington is classified 8b

Plant Hardiness Zone Values

Zone: 8a

Avg. Temp (F) : 11.0

Range (F) : 10 to 15

Latitude : 46.5584

Longitude : -121.7186

here is a quote from a website urban Farmer (https://www.ufseeds.com/learning/planting-schedules/Zone-8-Planting-Calendar

Zone 8 has a long growing season with hot summers. Most vegetable varieties will have no problem maturing before your first frost date. With a last frost date of April 1st and first frost date of December 1st. These dates will vary a week or two so it’s important to watch the weather before planting. Annual minimum temperature for zone 8 is 15ºF.

Also of note, most of the property is on the North side of Hwy 12 but 1 acre is located on the south side
 
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Hello excellent opportunity and very interested. Is this still available ?
 
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I live just over the border in Thurston County.  I would strongly suggest you rent for a year before you buy.  The people there aren't the friendliest.  The nearest medical care is dodgy, to say the least.  Even the nearest Walmart is 1.5 hours away, and any major shopping area is 2 hrs (one way).
 
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Sue Monroe wrote:I live just over the border in Thurston County.  I would strongly suggest you rent for a year before you buy.  The people there aren't the friendliest.  The nearest medical care is dodgy, to say the least.  Even the nearest Walmart is 1.5 hours away, and any major shopping area is 2 hrs (one way).



FWIW, I live about 30 miles west of Packwood, in Mossyrock, and the people here have been wonderful to me. I’m new to the area, having started my farm first on leased land in Portland OR, then in Olympia, WA (which is in Thurston County, where Sue mentioned in her post). I’ve been here in Mossyrock for a little over two years, and the locals couldn’t have been friendlier or more welcoming to me. It can’t possibly all be down to my “winning personality” lol!

Having said that though, it’s always a good idea to give a new place a trial stay if possible, before committing to purchase. I have a contract for a quit claim deed on half of my 20 acres, and had that been an option for me I would’ve welcomed it. OTOH, moving a farm really sucks! So it would suck to have to move twice. I guess it really depends on how much stuff you have and how heavily invested in developing your farm that first year. I have lived on my land for over 2 years in a 35-yo RV with no running or hot water, toilet, stove (microwave only), heat or AC. I just dug a well (295 ft w/25 GPM, location also witched prior to drilling) so we finally have water, but it’s been a pretty challenging couple of years. Permanent housing coming soon (knock on wood)! No question it would’ve been hell if not for the kindness of strangers (now neighbors!).

Also, it’s more than possible that Packwood isn’t as overrun by tourists in the summers as Mossyrock is, and so maybe they don’t take as kindly to strangers. I haven’t been here very long either, so either way I would never advise distrusting Sue’s assessment: no doubt she’s been here a lot longer than I have! I’m just pitching in my (limited, brief) perspective of the “natives” and terroir

One thing is for SURE: it’s a long way to the nearest Costco!

Overall, its a beautiful part of the US to live in: I’m thankful every single day for my land and my neighbors, despite the hardships. As I often hear from the locals, “it’s another beautiful day in Paradise!”
 
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