bruce Fine wrote:what state are you looking
We are located in NH and at the start of winter with 9F temps and 8" of snow
Most all these properties which have a road installed were likely put in by a logging company so they are not too steep and often put in at ridge lines and or on contour.
We are looking for southern facing slopes as we are going to install a ZED (Zero energy Design home ... basically something that will pass a Passive Haus standard with ease) ... haven't decided on fuel sources yet but I am a fan of burning your own wood if you can ... especially if it is part of maintenance on a property.
Crime rate where we are at is low but we do tend to talk to neighbors before moving into areas or talk to the county sheriff and or police as both are close to use at our current location.
bruce Fine wrote:
sometimes an old farm with buildings, well, power, driveways, fencing are less expensive than vacant land that has been clearcut logged with no driveway, power or internet access with closest neighbors being meth producing addicts. depending on where your looking
you might want to visit property and try and meet neighbors before plunking down your hard earned treasury notes
Yeah our current place was a steal of a deal ... but it cost a TON to heat during the winter ... I am talking 4 525 gallon tanks of heating oil a season :/ Built in 1800's ... great temporary location and future rental but it isn't what we are looking to stay in for life. Installing a wood burning stove this year to help offset the cost of the oil.
We want to build super efficient ... one property we saw back in January was of interest to us but it lacked internet ... basically a run down trailer on site with septic / well / power / 5-8 acres facing SE nearly 100% wooded 43k ... 0__0 Even the listing was like "the deal is the infrastructure not the actual structure"
The areal imagery was shot with the leaves off in fall or spring ... most green vegetation you see is coniferous trees or grass. We get something like 81in of snow a year and even have a "mud" season so it certainly can get wet here.
Property 2 was previously logged and has roads and apparently even a well house installed on site (trying to confirm location of the well) ... there is indeed a valley on the west side of the property which could server to bring water into the landscape ... I had planned to put a high dam on the north west part of the properties (since it is both) and work it down from there depending where other assets are in place right now.
Thank you both for your thoughtful replies and for sharing your experience!