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Saturday, April 25, 2009

#3

We went and looked at another acreage today, more like farm. 150 acres (W-O-W!)
So here's possible 3#:
Older farm house (1944 I believe) in fairly good repair. Gorgeous original hardwood floors. Very nice sized rooms for a house of its age.
Pavement all the way to the driveway, 35 minutes from work.
Barn, corrals, mostly fenced.
Drawbacks? Well what isn't in good repair (or esthetically agreeable) would cost quite a bit. Barn needs to be gutted to be usable. "Fences" are questionable.
I have to admit, I really liked the character of this house. I loved all of the main floor, except the kitchen (man the cupboards were UGLY). Would want to basically tear the kitchen apart and remodel it. Counter space wasn't any less than my kitchen however it was chopped up into 3 different sections which made them seem smaller than they are.
Main kicker to put it waaay down on the list? The toilet (only one bathroom) has a tendency to overflow... right onto the dining room table in the room below! :o

To answer a couple questions from my previous house-hunting post. Acreages here range in size, can be as small as less than an acreage. However the RM's have pretty strict rules about how many "animal units" are allowed per acre. I don't think any of them would allow 2 horses on less than 10 acres.
We are hoping to find something decent, close to work (30-ish minutes or less) that has at least 10 acres (I would prefer 15 as the minimum to be honest)
I am hoping we find to the West of the city. North is also possible but most of that is RM of Corman Park (who I would like to avoid dealing with). South and East make it so we have to drive through the city to get to work, which would mean we'd have to be closer to the city limit and prices therefore increase quite a bit.

*image is not my own, it is from the MLS ad*

13 comments:

  1. Ummm...no. Leaking floors...from a toilet onto the dining room table. yuk. Too much work, too. And too much money.

    wow. So where's all the good farms?

    What is an RM? Interesting they have rules regarding how many horses can be kept. I don't think there are any rules like that around here, though maybe there should be.
    In Corrales, most lots are one acre, and it's not uncommon to see 2-6 horses on any given lot.
    So that would be less than an acre for the horses to reside on.....

    Happy House Hunting!

    ~Lisa

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  2. It sounds like too much work to be done on this one, although I am with you on the character of the house, alot of remodeling though. You can't have the toilet leaking where you eat!
    So many decisions! Do you have some more to look at soon? I hope the perfect property comes soon for you guys!

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  3. I love old homes for their character, much like I like vintage cars...but with both comes problems (old plumbing and lack of air bags!) lol

    I dont know about you but I know something when I see it..."feel" it is "the one" (well, alright my track record with horses inst so hot, but other than that:) I think you'll know the right farm when you see it. You'll be able to see yourself living there and making it your own. I am SOOOOO excited for you because it is my dream to own a farm too! GOOD LUCK!!!! Oh and BIG jingles for Pie's MRI too!

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  4. Sounds like my kind of place. Bathrooms are not that hard to renovate, and a new water-efficient toilet only costs around $100. Also, right now the government has a rebate for renovations that you might want to check out. As for the kitchen, if you are tearing the cupboarsd out, you can change the whole layout to makeit more efficient. ( I love doing renos. We have done many houses!)

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  5. Don't get discouraged ,just trust that when you see it you'll know it,It won't matter what the condition you'll both just agree this is it.
    Happy House Hunting .
    Have a fabulous weekend .

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  6. LOVE old houses. Leaky toilets onto ma dining room table, mostly not. lol I'm with everyone who said when you see it, you'll know it. 150 acres?? Absolutely dreamy. Here I don't think we have to have a set acreage per horse, but it has to be zoned correctly, and usually anything under an acre isn't going to be zoned to allow horses. Really, who would want such little space for the buggers anyhow? I think the normal amount people say you should have is like 2 acres per horse. you could have 75 horses!!! lol I'm sure that's not what you are aiming for though.

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  7. Wow, quite a few things to respond to. So for everyone:

    Most of the time if you check out acres per horse it is 1.5-2 acres per horse (depending on quality of pasture, etc).

    RM = Rural Municipality. Sets the "laws" for things like zoning, animals per acre etc etc.

    Also forgot to add that water heater needs replaced (waaay too small) and furnace needs to be replaced (very VERY old)

    I always get that "the one "feeling" too.

    Chelsi - you crack me up girl! :)

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  8. Wow, quite a few things to respond to. So for everyone:

    Most of the time if you check out acres per horse it is 1.5-2 acres per horse (depending on quality of pasture, etc).

    RM = Rural Municipality. Sets the "laws" for things like zoning, animals per acre etc etc.

    Also forgot to add that water heater needs replaced (waaay too small) and furnace needs to be replaced (very VERY old)

    I always get that "the one "feeling" too.

    Chelsi - you crack me up girl! :)

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  9. See I come back sometimes! lol

    Just had to come over and say that I never miss your blog but sometimes my blog roll doesnt update your "last post" status so I will pop over and find that I have missed two or three... weird because no other link does that!

    I also am often thinkin' of you when I am horse shopping... I say to myself "ooooh! I have to send that one to Lisa!" LOL Is it Spring yet? Can you start horse shopping??!!! *big smile*

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  10. Only one bathroom! Girl don't do it!! Not matter what else is good!! The house sounds fun. I love old rustic, but really, a leaky toilet?? No way!!

    The acreage sounds nice though!

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  11. Hmmm.... don't know about the one bathroom thing - you can always replace a toilet - but it you are battling ancient plumbing I would stay away - that could mean lots and lots of $$$ to fix that.

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  12. An older home like that with the type of problem you are describing with the toilet is a pretty big thing. But on the other hand, 150 acres??? Would it be possible to sell off some of the acreage to finance the repairs/upgrades to the house, barn, fencing????

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  13. EeeeGads! On the toilet! HUGE drawback!

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