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Old 06-03-2017, 09:33 PM   #1
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Just Placed An Offer for Land

So, first time ever buying land, but I just placed an offer for 3 acres in the Hill Country. Beautiful property, high above a canyon which is a tributary of the Guadalupe River. Plan on building custom, not a huge house but something in the 2500sf range, including a 12 x 24 outbuilding with garage doors on both ends to house 'Past Tents'.

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Good for you and if that's what makes your heart sing... Hope it works out!
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Congratulations, Robert...well done! Three acres is just right.
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Equity without wheels! How many Escape's can it host...?
Hope it all works out and we all can congratulate you! (my fingers crossed for you)
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Hope it all works out and we all can congratulate you! (my fingers crossed for you)
Now there's a thought Marry!

Maybe an extra pad with 30 amp service....

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Good for you and if that's what makes your heart sing... Hope it works out!
Don't know if it's singing Donna, but it's beating faster than normal. Excited.
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Congratulations, Robert...well done! Three acres is just right.
Thanks Karen, we think so too. Any larger and there's too much maintenance.

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... including a 12 x 24 outbuilding with garage doors on both ends to house 'Past Tents'.
But what happens when Reace introduces the Escape 25'?
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:37 PM   #8
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Maybe an extra pad with 30 amp service....
A family in my area has a 3-acre property with a fair amount of open space, and have hosted an annual family gathering of RVs for several years. Apparently the event got too big, so they mowed an adjacent property of the same size which is entirely empty and had only been used as a horse pasture and shifted over there, so they now get about ten rigs for the event (and have room for more). But they don't seem to have any services...

I have heard of people having electrical service installed specifically for visiting RVs or for their own. We have a 50-amp outlet in the garage which a previous owner installed for a welder, but works for an RV with an extension cord. To avoid trenching, depending on the property layout an outlet on the house or garage wall - and maybe an available extension cord - might work.

A single 240-volt circuit to a sub-panel on a single post could support either one 50 A 240 V outlet or a pair of 30 A 120 V outlets, depending on who is visiting.
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So, first time ever buying land, but I just placed an offer for 3 acres in the Hill Country. Beautiful property, high above a canyon which is a tributary of the Guadalupe River. Plan on building custom, not a huge house but something in the 2500sf range, including a 12 x 24 outbuilding with garage doors on both ends to house 'Past Tents'.

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I know of someone who bought land here in the NW, built an "RV garage" that in addition to full service hookups, had a large living room, dining room and bedroom. They would use the kitchen and bathroom of the RV, but lived in the rest of the structure like a normal house. Thing is, they only paid taxes on their "out building" at a much lower rate than if it was classified as a dwelling. In the winter months they would head south to AZ. Theirs was a class A motor home, but still an intriguing idea.
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A single 240-volt circuit to a sub-panel on a single post could support either one 50 A 240 V outlet or a pair of 30 A 120 V outlets, depending on who is visiting.
It's an interesting idea. I've never had to think about it before, since all my previous homes, including my present one, is on a small city lot. Ah, acreage!

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But what happens when Reace introduces the Escape 25'?
Meh. Too hard to get that into a remote campsite...
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2,500 sq. ft. is three times larger than the house we've lived in since 1982.
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I recall reading in a high-end magazine (Architectural Digest) an article about a couple that featured their new abode. As they were now empty-nesters, they had decided to downsize their primary residence...to 7,000 square feet. Truly a different world.
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Old 06-04-2017, 12:09 AM   #13
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Congratulations, Robert...well done! Three acres is just right.
Agreed-- three acres is right. Five acres or more and you'd have a hard time getting it insured. Well, you would if you were in Florida, as I know all too well.

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So, first time ever buying land, but I just placed an offer for 3 acres in the Hill Country. Beautiful property, high above a canyon which is a tributary of the Guadalupe River. Plan on building custom, not a huge house but something in the 2500sf range, including a 12 x 24 outbuilding with garage doors on both ends to house 'Past Tents'.

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Sounds as if it is a lovely property with wonderful scenery all around.

As for the 2500 sf, we have had more than that for over 30 years and collected stuff for about 40. Now trying to get out. Looks impossible. You might give consideration to keeping what you have in the 2500 sf to a minimum. Someone said that people spend the first half of their lives collecting things and the second half getting rid of them. And that second half part is a whole lot of trouble.

Makes me think of those who sell and give away everything and go on the road fulltiming. They are so happy to be rid of it all. People are at different points in their lives.
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All good points of view. We currently live in a 2500 sf house, so the new place won't be any bigger. But, getting out of San Antonio traffic and having the quiet and privacy is the main reason for the move. Another big factor is that we currently store our RV in the only covered RV storage area we could find in San Antonio - and it's almost an hour away if the traffic is bad. Because of the nature of my work schedule, having the trailer on our property so we can just hitch up and go is huge for us.

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Congratulations Robert!
I too think that three acres is about right. Good move! I have been enjoying reading all the "Property Developer" ideas coming out on a trailer blog. I'll need to admit that I am more than a little bit envious and good luck to you both.

On a side note: I have noticed that few of us are getting any younger. Great time to make an investment!

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That's true Tom. The Hill Country north of San Antonio is growing quite rapidly. And, Home values are also increasing at a rapid clip. We chose a place far enough out of town that urban sprawl won't hit the area for another 30 or 40 years probably - and by then we won't be around to see it.

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All good points of view. We currently live in a 2500 sf house, so the new place won't be any bigger. But, getting out of San Antonio traffic and having the quiet and privacy is the main reason for the move. Another big factor is that we currently store our RV in the only covered RV storage area we could find in San Antonio - and it's almost an hour away if the traffic is bad. Because of the nature of my work schedule, having the trailer on our property so we can just hitch up and go is huge for us.

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We are also an hour away because our property is hilly and treed so had to go elsewhere. Looking at putting the Escape at the new house even though there is very little space for it. And the small town where we are can't have urban sprawl for a long long time.

That should be a big improvement for you to be in the country. I sometimes go places where I get out of the car and listen to the quiet. Hopefully you will have that.
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I sometimes go places where I get out of the car and listen to the quiet. Hopefully you will have that.
Funny you mentioned that. I was to meet up with my builder to walk the property at 6 pm, but he was running late and wasn't able to be there until 6:45. So, I walked the property alone and sat on a rock under a huge oak and tried to hear any sounds of civilization. Nothing but quiet with an occasional bird chirp.



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Congrats Robert! Sounds like a great investment and lifestyle change. I've always wanted to get some property in the Bernie or Bandera area. I've tried convincing my wife to move a little further outside Austin but she's a city girl!

Two weeks ago we put an offer on a house in North Austin and it was accepted. The real estate market is crazy here and has been for years but seems to keep trending upward. The house we bought had 10 offers in 2 days. We're buying while it's still affordable for us. Closing in two weeks and we're pumped! Bonus is that it's a nice corner lot where we can park the RV.

Good luck to you and I hope your offer is accepted!
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