Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I paid rent and kept my horses in a dry lot with a shelter for 14 years. I spent 12 of those years looking for an affordable alternative. I found a place in the country that fit ALL of my criteria. These are the things I wanted (your needs might be different):
1) Real house--mine is over 100 yo, 6 bedroom, 4-car garage, barn + 2 outbuildings. Believe it or not, it cost <$100K, with 5 acres
2) Barn for storage and space to convert for a shelter. THIS place had a 16 x 20 shelter originally built for cattle, but high celing/entrance. I have converted space in my barn for 3 stalls, but the first year my 5 horses (at that time) just wintered with the shelter. I also have a loft with real stairs, and it can hold up to 500 bales.
3) Fencing. The fencing was old, cattle fencing, it had been installed correctly, but, 40 years ago. We replaced it in 2008, with pole fencing.
We used to live in a 4-bedroom ranch with 1/4 acre. When we moved (35 minutes away), our insurance went up, our taxes went down, but the TOTAL was the same. We gave up a 2-bathroom for 1 bath. (There's an extra shower in the basement, which I use A LOT!)
We now have to drive 30 minutes to work, so gas and car wear-and-tear is additional--some 20k miles/year on our primary car. You couldn't pay me enough to go and live where my neighbors can see me through my bedroom window and where I can only make out the big dipper at night!!
@CalienteCalcetines, I thought I was the ONLY one who tilled their small ring!!! TOTALLY ROFL!!