Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Property Hunters

For some reason, over the past twenty years, I have been with my parents while they searched, and found, most of the homes or properties they lived on. Maybe I should get a license to become a real estate agent.

Regardless, looking at homes and property is great fun, even if you are just window shopping! There is something about it....the thrill of the hunt. Each place is so unique. And the feeling of finding the potential "one" is so great.

I remember the cottage that looked adorable when peering into the windows from the outside. However, it had had a fire and a woman died in it. The agent had to disclose that information. Um, no, that was too weird and sad. Then there was the funky home where people had kept adding rooms and additions to the place. You got lost just walking through it, like the fun house at a carnival.

On one particular property hunting trip, my aunt, uncle, parents and I crammed into my parents' SUV and set out. It was quite the adventure. While trying to find the last (and best) property, we ended up on a dead end road and could not figure out the directions we had. We called my cousin back home to look up the original directions on the realtors site but even that was fruitless. The road we needed did not exist. And we had no GPS. That day, I learned you can call 411 on your cell phone, give them an address, and they will give you step by step directions to get you to your destination!

There was also the (apparently) abandoned farm with the strange smell. We literally just stepped out of the car and got a whiff. I swear it was strong natural gas odor, but my family thought it was a dead animal in the barn. It was disturbing and we left there in a jiffy!

Last weekend, my parents took me to a piece of land they'd found with some other family members.

So, put on some decent footwear and take a walk with us!

Mom and dad start us off on the tour. The property is a nice combination of thinned out woods, heavily wooded areas, and open pastures.

There are groomed paths in the park-like setting of woods, that has been kept bush-whacked.

You still had to be careful not to trip on the roots and vines that weren't cut all the way- these "nature's hands" tried to reach out and grab your foot.


The property borders right up against clear cut land......perhaps miles and miles of future horseback riding trails?

We walk through the woods and ferns and brush, and find many, many piles of scat from many wild animals. We think this one is elk (it looked more like mushed together pellets in real life, but too big to be deer.)

The light coming through the trees is mesmerizing.

I feel myself getting happier, just being here. It is so peaceful. It reminds me of where I grew up as a child.


We start downhill and come upon a small cleared meadow in the middle of the trees.


On one side of the meadow I find beautiful moss-covered branches on trees. My mom and I collect fallen branches to take home. I'll show you where they ended up in a future post.

We start up the hill on the other side of the meadow. It's a climb! I'm coming through the trees! It's a little hard to climb in rubber rain boots while snapping pictures with the Nikon! I thought the ground was going to be wet, but it wasn't!

I'm almost out of the ferns. Even with two bad knees, my father is faster than me!

Voila! The top of the hill! Mom and dad are catching their breath.

Here, we find the sun's warmth in the open and start peeling off the down jackets!

Beautiful! Acres of open field. Looks like it was possibly hayed late summer.

We continue on through the field and head towards the road, and find an apple tree.

Alas, Rosie was waiting back in the car...and she needed a potty break, so the walk was over.

Hopefully you enjoyed the little tour. Isn't property hunting fun? Do you ever window shop for a new place to live?

32 comments:

  1. Can you pick up that piece of land and move it over here? You are very fortunate to live in a location where you can still buy a lot of land. Around where I live, the farmers are subdividing their land and selling to contractors who build wall-to-wall houses, which just increases traffic, pollution, and crime. If you want to see nature, you have to go to government protected land. When my grandparents died they left a huge piece of land in South Dakota to my mother. She sold it right away. I was very upset about that. Just to get a couple of acres around here you have to fork out half a million dollars.

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  2. I haven't seen it yet but it looks very pretty. I tend to want to wait until it's a real option because every one they look at seems to be "the one" until they find something wrong with it! It's like a roller coaster ride sometimes. I hope you're taking good care of my little camera, i can't wait to get her in my hands!

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  3. I love property hunting even though I'm, hopefully, permanently settled on my own now. I always get ideas touring other people's places. And I love property hunting with other people. I was just roaming the internet today looking at horse set ups!

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  4. That piece of land seems to have everything!

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  5. Yes we have had a lot of fun over the years looking and buying! Don't know if this piece will be the "LAZY TRIPLE J". But it doesn't hurt to dream!!!

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  6. That sure looks like my uncle's place in Oregon! He has a tree farm where he grows some Christmas trees and lots of Doug fir. There are fire breaks throughout the property and they are perfect riding trails.

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  7. Beautiful! I love that little meadow, looks like somewhere to plop down with a blanket and a picnic lunch. And then take a nap!

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  8. My mind is filled with visions of trail rides and horse pastures! I was lucky enough to "help" my parents when they were shopping for farm land on 2 occasions. I agree, it's so much fun. I can't wait until it's my turn!

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  9. Yes...I have had visions of barns, turnouts, pastures, gardens, hen house, bunny hutch, goat run,petting zoo, garden, orchard, trail course, trails, stocked pond, horse shoes, volley ball, guest cottages...get the idea!!!

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  10. {Desert Rose}~ What anout Pony Girl houses?? LOL! xo

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  11. Nice! Are they considering it, then?

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  12. {Fantastyk Voyager}~ They are always looking. It's just a dream at this point in time. But sometimes dreams come true.....

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  13. That land is gorgeous! I can't imagine owning something so glorious. My father has a real estate office and has been a Realtor most of my life and I love, love, love looking at property.

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  14. Looks awesome. Are you guys gonna go for it?

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  15. That looks like a very nice piece of property! I love the trails, good horseback riding!
    I did show my OH, he didn't say much as usual!

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  16. Oh I love realty shopping!! Of course I don't get to do that anymore since my train dropped me here on my land LOL!! We are very blessed to live in the middle of no where!!

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  17. Looks lovely... are your parents actually in the market, or just tyre-kicking (as my Dad would say!)??
    :-)
    BB

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  18. Fabulous pics, what a dream place, Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. Yes..dreams do come true..don't ever stop dreaming!

    Besides....dreaming and shopping is half the FUN!

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  20. Thanks for compliments. You know me I'm always changing things on my blog. Lol. Glad you like it.

    Love the property photos. What a gorgeous place. Hope you are having a good weekend.

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  21. It's a beautiful piece of land--how many acres? The terrain looks very familiar, I wonder if it's close to my place?

    I still love to "kick the tyres" >g< even though we bought our Dream Farm last year and I *never* want to move again!

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  22. What a beautiful piece of property! I really enjoyed going on the tour with you guys! We have over 400 acres here to get out and explore but I would like to have more cleared for more pasture land. We work on it a bit at a time, when we first moved here about 20 years ago it was all woods except for where the house sits.

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  23. Scouting out land for sale (or houses) is one of my favorite things to do as well. Love your photos.

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  24. I believe the dream will come someday!! We might be seventy years old but you can bet your boots we will still be riding!!

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  25. That land is just lovely. I hope they get it then and you all move on it together and then you have trail rides every day! I love to dream about those kinds of things!

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  26. oh, are they remotely interested in purchasing it, as this was a beautiful peace of property! Hoa many acres?

    Good post!

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  27. yes...I meant " Peace" of property.. not just piece of property!

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  28. That's a bit of heaven on earth. And already an apple tree for horses.

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  29. What a wonderful piece of property. It has everything.

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  30. Beautiful property - looks promising.

    I like to daydream when I am driving around and see a farm for sale...but I haven't actually gone to look at any yet. Don't want to get my hopes up. ;-)

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  31. Thanks for visiting and comments. Loved the property photos. Beautiful country! Visit us any time, will be back too. XOXO Glad & Cel/Junebug

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