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Old 04-21-2015, 10:24 PM   #15
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Thanks! Had many grand adventures...but I think it's time to own my own place. Forget buying a house here in NJ, prices are way out of my range and honestly...I am not interested in living in a subdivision forever.

Always a new adventure lol
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:17 AM   #16
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Best of luck to ya Derek!

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Old 04-23-2015, 10:15 AM   #18
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Deryk,

I have been there and done that.

I had a cute Swiss style cabin in the mountains 40 miles from Denver. Great view, especially with the aspens turning in the Fall. However, drilling a well was $15 a foot and had to go down 605 feet to find a fracture to get water. Then had to have rock blasted to put in a septic system. Then a Cat cut in an access road up the hill.

But the real kicker is the homeowner's insurance. The rates went nuts due to forest fires in the state, and the insurance company sold it to me only because I had their homeowner's insurance on my house for a number of years. So first check to see if you can get insurance for a cabin, and even then, it will probably be only for a fixed dollar value, not replacement cost, and the rates won't be cheap because you will probably be a ways from even a volunteer fire department.

Check what the water rights are for drilling a well and if there is any infestation killing the trees, and getting legal access to the property. The cost of running in power is oh... a few thousand per pole and will need 220 power to run the well. Then there is winterizing, rodents, vandals, garbage collection, marijuana growers deciding to risk your land to grow their crop, and on-and-on-and-on it goes. Buying mountain property is a whole different experience than buying a house in the burbs.

Decided to sell the cabin when I could double my money in a few years, and bought the Scamp. With so much money invested in the cabin, I felt like I had to spend all my holidays and weekends there to get my money's worth. While it was a nice place to escape on the weekends, it got old looking at the same view. I wanted to see more of the country and glad I did it. You can't pull a cabin around to see the rest of the country. Just some things to consider.

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Old 04-24-2015, 07:58 PM   #19
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A lot of Jersey folks travel up here...for the weekend....land is cheap...and lots of it!

I must admit I've followed your journey too!
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Thanks...yeah looking at land and location. I might take a look at a few pieces near a friend who moved to west virginia, berkley springs...its a nice hip kinda town. Dont want to always be in the woods alone, sometimes its nice to catch a band or street fair!
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Recreation property is a great investment, if it is waterfront ( not including a river that floods ). I paid $13,900 for my quarter acre and sold it several years later, after making improvements and paying water and property taxes, for $8,900.
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Have you check out an Earthship Home, totally self-contained, built out of tires, cans and bottles. They collect water from the sky (no Well), have indoor gardens that grow food from a grey water system. good luck on your next adventure.
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Have you check out an Earthship Home
Saw a documentary on one such the other day on CBC TV.
They spent around $250,000 building the house initially and then had to spend more to add auxiliary heat ( they were in Manitoba, with winter temps at minus 40 ).
It was not cheap to build. The windows alone cost $40,000.

Link here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...uple-1.3004939

Link to short video: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...ials-1.2855603
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Ah yes, Thanks for reminding me Glenn about mountain cabin building codes and ordinances. The latest is for the state and counties to pass fire suppression steps that requires cabin owners to remove all trees and brush from within 100 feet of a structure. That means the nice shade trees next to your cabin have to be cut. If not, your homeowner's insurance will be canceled, and a nano second after that, the mortgage company will slap their own high-risk policy on the property and start foreclosing on your mortgage for not having insurance.

If you have an old mining claim, you will want to close off any mine shafts lest some moron or you decide to wander in and get killed from poisonous gases. Then there is always the chance there is a dead body or two at the bottom of the shaft from accidents or otherwise, or other types of toxic waste that was dumped in over the years. Then there is the occasional remote mining claim that was used as an auto chop shop, with the unwanted pieces and other evidence thrown over the mountain side.

I was offered a property that had been used by meth cookers and shut down by the county and feds when they spotted it from satellite photos. Had a demolished concrete building and a forfeited Cat D-9. Whoever was willing and able to drive it off the mountain got it cheap. I was told there is still an illegal well dug and buried on the site. They disguised it by burying it and marking it with broken glass so they didn't have to remove several hundred feet of pipe and then fill the entire hole in with concrete, all hand mixed. If it is ever discovered, congratulations, the new owner will be responsible for that themselves.

Then there is always the wached-out ecoterrorist nut job who decides they don't like your cabin on THEIR pristine land of unicorns and fairies, and torches it.

Btw, don't rely on the realtor will reveal these things. Noooooo, they knew nothing about THAT. You have to do your homework and know what to ask and look out for. If not, as they say, “You bought the ranch”.

Owning a Scamp is looking better all the time.
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Saw a documentary on one such the other day on CBC TV.
They spent around $250,000 building the house initially and then had to spend more to add auxiliary heat ( they were in Manitoba, with winter temps at minus 40 ).
It was not cheap to build. The windows alone cost $40,000.

Link here: 'Earthship' takes off-the-grid living to new level for Manitoba couple - British Columbia - CBC News

Link to short video: Manitoba home built almost exclusively with recycled materials - Manitoba - CBC News
That Earthship is a mansion, there are many other designs that are very affordable. As for the windows, they can be free from from glass companies that change out sliding glass doors. The tempered glass cannot be recycled so the glass companies are usually happy to give them away rather then paying the cost of taking them to a landfill. Almost every part of an Earthship can be built from recycled materials.
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You don't know me, but...

Deryk, I've only just found you through your post selling your Parkliner. I can tell by your signature that we share many interests, not the least of which is Tolkien. Be well and be blessed in your adventures. You're welcome at my fire, anytime...bill
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Thanks Bill! I am looking for a new adventure!
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