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post #21 of 26 Old 06-19-2013, 05:08 PM
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Last year, the neighbor's property came up for sale. We grabbed it immediately. It's 5 acres - all fairly level and usable, with half of it as pasture. Has a 1400 sqft comfortable, charming, solid - but not fancy - house on it. Greenhouse and woodshed. All it needs is a fence and shelter to be ready for horses. We're 35 minutes drive from downtown Portland and 1 mile from a State park with horse-trails. I paid $215k for it. We rent out the house and the rest will be for horses.
Price surely does depend on the area, doesn't it?

I paid $120,000 for my 5 acre place with a 1,910 sqft house, partial fencing, an old auto garage I converted into a barn, and the majority of the acreage in pasture. I couldn't have bought anything close to what I have now in Maryland or northern Virginia for the same price.

I'm 40 minutes from Lynchburg, an hour and a half from Richmond, and about the same from Roanoke.
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post #22 of 26 Old 06-19-2013, 05:35 PM
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Where I live, 5 acres with a modest house and some outbuildings, on flat land, would easily be twice what Freia paid. Twice.
My own dowdy little suburban house, 1/4 acre lot, within 12 minutes of downtown Seattle is about 450K$
Prices are very high here.
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At what point, in drought prone areas, does it make more sense to board full care, than to own a larger lot that still might not yield enough suitable land to feed a horse or two? For those with several acres in AZ or TX, is the extra space just a money pit, compared to WA, where its almost more difficult to keep the grass from turning into a jungle, and therefore tends to result in a lower feed bill?
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post #24 of 26 Old 06-20-2013, 11:07 AM
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Here in my area minimum lot size is 10 acres-I'm sure availability of water has something to do w/that. My BIL lives about an hour away- there min lot size is 40 acres & electricity is not available. I am amazed at how many people live very marginally in many areas of the U.S. I did make sure we had power to our property as solar is pricey, although it would be ideal if it were affordable.
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When I was working in the Cedar Hill area (Tx) I paid $100 a month for 3 horses pasture board. They had water and round bales but were only fed if I paid extra or fed myself. I was living in Arlington though so had a long commute between work and horses. When I moved to Desoto the first time, I moved the horses to a small farm outside Cedar Hill -Full board was $100 per horse but it was a small family farm, they were allowed to ride two of the horses and there were no riding facilities. They were ridden on property in the pasture. My brother was paying $375 a horse - full board with riding facilities but ride time is limited due to lessons. He has a house on two acres that are in a subdivision that is zoned for horses. They pay for round bales (2 a month) and feed but are limited to riding along the street or in the yard/pasture. He'll now be buying a trailer to get the horses back and forth to the trainer. I ended up renting acreage in Desoto that included a house, two barns and cross fenced for $1,500 a month but that was a steal. I could not have purchased anything with that payment. Depending on where you work in Dallas drive time can be a nightmare. It was always easier to go from North to South am and reverse pm. When I moved to Cedar Hill it was because the primary office was there and I wanted to be closer to the animals. Finding the rental property was a blessing. The new combined cost of living, not having to drive and having the horses on property was worth it. Where I live now 5 acres with a house, no fencing or out buildings is anywhere form $350,00 to 2 mil depending on if you are close to the water or not.

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We live in Lewis County in Washing ton. We bought an old 1930's farm house on 11 acres with a big barn for only $150K. No cross fencing but it has a full perimeter fence, barn needed the stalls put back in and the floor level brought up. It's on the high bank side of a year round river. Here we do not have to feed our draft mare, and my two mares, 7 sheep, 3 alpacas, and 5 llamas at all during the summer. We have plenty of room to raise chicken, duck, goose, lamb for our selves plus if we have extra we can sell it.
Also, until the rains stop during the summer (which I've seen to be only a month long *maybe* around here), we don't have to touch a hose to keep water troughs filled. I've always wanted a place big enough that I didn't have to feed if I didn't want to. I never thought of not having to water! LOL

This is our very first home buy and I was more nervous the day we signed the papers for it, that I was the day I married my husband!!!

We also used to live in Austin, Texas a few years back. We could have bought an 8 acre horse farm with a seasonal creek, cross fencing, 8 stall barn, outdoor lit arena, old two story farm house with wrap around porch, breeze way and attached 2 car garage, pool, and a hot walker for $80 or 120K?? Can't remember. And I was thinking we could have lessons and board because they were about to build a subdivision *right* across the street.
We'd most likely have to feed hay year round here as the temperatures and rainy season don't mix and the grass will die off.

Paying for board may be convenient, but when you sell your horse, or move, all you've done is pad someone else's pocket. With land you own, you can improve it and the value will always be there.
I've also boarded my horses just before we bought our house. It was *ok*. But may just have been this barn was kinda boring - I ended up riding during the winter there by myself.... No one else seemed to be there as much as I was.

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