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in search of our dream home

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_11.jpg IMG_12.jpgIMG_13.jpg IMG_14.jpgIMG_15.jpg IMG_16.jpgIMG_17.jpgOur search for an acreage is now in it’s third month. I gave first mention of our house hunting plans in this post here. What I have learned so far is that acreages are tricky. One may have a beautiful surrounding but a house that you could never dream of inhabiting, while the other may have the most gorgeous house sitting on a piece of land that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. Price is another issue in upon itself. The more space an acreage has, and the closer it is to a major city, the more expensive that property will be. Given the fact that my husband and I are trying to live mortgage-free either with this purchase of an acreage or sometime in the near future, our selection of properties has taken us to more than 30 minutes away from the edge of the city. In a province where half of the year the highways are covered in blowing snow and ice, this is not an ideal situation. 

The little grey acreage that I first showed had a recently redone home. It was stunning. However, it sat on 4 acres of bare land. There were no trees, grass, or a any fence in site. What was in site were your neighbours on either side of you. These photographs today are of another listing that we looked at. As soon as I saw it I immediately fell in love with the land. The house sat on top of a hill, which is rare for our flat, prairie province. Within the 10 acres were a handful of sheds and shops, a 800 square foot barn, fenced land, and a huge pond at the bottom of the hill. It looked like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. The inside of the house, however, looked like a Norman Bates setting. The house would inevitably have to be torn down and a new one built in its place. Yet, with its well water, oil heating, and being situated 35 minutes from the city, it would never become our dream property.

In the end, we will not be deterred. We will just have to keep on looking.

Emory

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  1. House/land hunting can be so frustrating… then, one day, out of nowhere you’ll find The One! You’ll find it! I have no doubt! :)

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  2. Sorry to hear you haven’t found anything yet. Hopefully something amazing will turn up soon! Gorgeous photos, lady!

    XOXO
    Becca | Ladyface Blog

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  3. Lovely pictures! so inspired.

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  4. Very exciting adventure you’re embarking upon. One thing to consider if you don’t like well water, collect rainwater and cistern. We love that setup for our home.

    Can’t wait to read more about your hunt for land. Good luck.

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  5. Mum

     /  04/11/2014

    Aw Emma as your dear grandfather would have said ‘why are you looking for trouble?’ In other words….acreages are $$$$. Something is always breaking flooding falling over freezing dry you will work from sun up til you drop at the end of the day. Sometimes I envy your gentle lifestyle in the city. No flats out here!!! Boots boots boots.

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