We drove to look at some property today.
It was interesting.
One of the “developments” was near the highway, and a little closer to the things we need to go to on occasion, but the newly paved road connecting to the highway was a mere illusion. Once we turned down the road, that pavement soon vanished.
In its place were dirt tracks that were often more rut and pothole than road. Some of the houses were very nice, far out of the price range of the areas we were most interested in. The others…looked like rejects from the stereotypical “trailer park”, both in terms of the people and the trailers themselves. It didn’t take much imagination to realize that the local sheriff’s department probably knew this area quite well.
The prices were “affordable” but…was it really any better than the RV parks we’d looked at? It’s pretty dubious, and maybe it will start to look better as our search progresses.
The other development was waaaaaaaaay out in the sticks. There were some things we really liked, but at the same time…it’s a very long trek down very narrow country roads to get to the highway. It’s right on the river too, and that inevitably means sooner or later, it will flood. For us in a travel trailer, that merely means hitching it up and moving our home to higher ground, but it also means being prepared to do exactly that. The people in the community seemed very friendly, and it was attractive. I really liked it, especially the idea that fishing was right there, either in the ponds or the river itself. We do still need to talk to the realtor, as this division has “restrictive covenants” and that could mean almost anything. We saw travel trailers there, as well as elevated homes. We’re in the dark as to how feasible it would be, whether we could have a septic system & well, about the state of telephone, cable and internet, and a few hundred other questions we’d have. So that’s on my to-do list for Monday, along with a lot of other things.
Ideally, we’d be close to water for fishing, but not where we’d flood. We’d be in a rural situation, but have utilities such as cable, internet, electricity and phone. We’d also not have a 45 minute drive to get to the highway that leads us to things like jobs and doctors too. It would be nice if it was rural enough that if we had a few chickens…that would be okay. Where we could have a garden, plant a few trees, and take our granddaughter into the “back yard” for a “camp out.” I’d also like it if when we’re ready to build our small house, however we design it, we could build it right there.
It’s obvious, I want a lot for a little bit of money, right?
We’ll keep looking, we’ll check with the realtors, and we’ll see. Sooner or later, I’m sure we will find what we want, and we’ll somehow manage to afford it. Sometimes, living small with a small budget can be a tough road to walk, but we’ll figure it all out.