Pie & I have looked at 3 acreages so far. One was definitely not "The One" but the other 2 have kinda made the short list.
They're ones that if we don't find the place that is "it" that we would be willing to consider.
This is the first one:
It is a house and a shop all in one building.
The pluses are: it is extremely well built (we know the current owner), has almost 40 acres, pavement almost all the way, has a workshop for Pie (actually a dream shop for most guys), approximately 20 minutes from work.
Negatives are: smallish living room, house area smaller than I'd like, priced a bit high, no barn, not fenced.
To consider: we've been told if the only thing really holding us back is the lack of a barn the current owner would build a small barn (but not sure if what he'd be willing to build will be ok with what we would want). Fencing is (or will be) done on 2 sides by the other property owners leaving only 2 sides for us to fence. Not sure what kind of fencing though and it would be preferable to stay away from barb wire, even though that IS the most common fencing around here.
This is the house that Pie would pick if we HAD to choose one right this second.
This is the second house: Pluses: again close to work (about 20 minutes), next door to people I know and like (and that have an awesome outdoor arena I could use!)and close to others that I know/like, close to an indoor arena I could use, house has lots of recent reno's/upgrades, 40 acres (10 fenced so far for pasture)
Negatives: garage is unfinished (needs concrete & drywall), no barn or shop, funky smell in one area of stairs to basement (Realtor Cousin is quite sure it is in the carpet), master bedroom smallish.
To consider: we could build dream barn & shop (within reasonable price) when we have the money (probably after our house sells). This highway is twinned almost the entire way, not opposed to replacing that carpet (newish but kinda ugly).
And yes this is the house I would pick at the moment! lol
We have at least 3 more acreages to go see. Just waiting for Realtor Cousin to set up appointments around our schedule. Which, by the way, includes Pie's MRI tomorrow (finally!) Have fingers crossed, prayers said and good thoughts/vibes/energy going out that everything comes back A-OK!
*both images are from their respective ads*