For a long time now my husband and I have been talking over buying an acreage. Should we buy a raw piece of land or buy something already developed and ready to move in. One of the main considerations for us is location. Close enough to the city for my husband to drive in to work and for us to have access to amenities as well as for taking the girls to activities. A huge factor is the bad roads in the winter making for a longer drive. The farther away it is though the better bang for your buck.
Recently we saw the perfect property. A beautiful house with just the right size of land for the right price. Everything we wanted to do to a property but already done for us. The only problem was the MLS listing showed us that it was close by and in reality it was an hour and a half away in good driving conditions.
For some reason that I can't even remember I started looking at cabins for sale nearby. Most that I looked at in our price range were very old and would have needed quite a bit of work. We found a perfect one with lots of rooms and a huge living space. On paper it looked great and would only require a little cosmetic work. A huge bonus was it was near family so we'd have them to visit and spend time with. In reality it was a tear down. It was soggy inside and the roof was sagging.
While looking at that property we also spotted some small raw pieces of land for sale. We drove up north one weekend to check out several different places. We fell in love with the first lot we saw. It had a beautiful view of a valley out the back and that sold it for us.
Front of the lot
So we bought it and we've ended up with the best of both worlds. We have the amenities of the city during the week and country living on the weekend.