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April 25th, 2009 (03:58 pm)
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So I'm looking around for a place to live. I've been renting for a while, and I'm ready to put down some roots. I seem to be settling into a business groove, so that works out, too.

The catch is that I want some acreage. I'm going to be doing firearms instruction as a sideline, so ideally I'd get a plot of land that's big and out in the boonies enough that I can put up a berm or two and have my own range. Every gun nut's dream! Right now, I'd have to do the classroom stuff one place, then go to the range for the rest. This is a pretty good time to buy, so I'm looking around for something. I saw a twenty-acre place with a house that had a plot next door perfect for a gun shop, but the guy was asking for too much money, alas. Good deal, probably, but still too pricey for me right now. So I'm still looking, and today I found some nice possibilities. Though I would have to build on them, which would be a further expense, but I could do a relatively small cabin for the short term.

The best place I spied out? O.M.G. Over a hundred acres. *Two quarries.* Gorgeous views. Very close to the town I'll be counting on for a lot of my firearms instruction clientele. Absolutely insanely wonderful.

Um, anybody care to lend me two million dollars?

(The smaller plots are surprisingly reasonable; I can actually afford twenty acres of Florida land. So that's a real possibility.)

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Posted by: riah_chan (riah_chan)
Posted at: April 25th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)

You could always put one of these on the land:

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses/

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)

I have actually considered that at times, but I have two problems with going the tiny house route:

1) I have really very a lot of books.

2) I have really very a lot of guns.

The books would likely be less of a problem than the guns. I can build in bookshelf, but a gun safe eats floor space.

Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)

This is news that I'm glad to hear. So many people in my area (myself included) are hanging on by our fingernails and the skin of our teeth. It gives me hope that not everyone is in imminent danger of drowning.

The property with the quarries sounds sweet. It's too bad the banks are so tight-fisted now. I'm sure just a couple-three years ago you could have qualified for a loan that big with no problem. Then if you needed to, you could sell off a few parcels of land to knock down some of the debt quickly.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
donuts?

Not imminent, anyway. I've been in skin-of-my-teeth territory before, and am determined to do everything to stay as far away from it as possible. Hope things work out for me, and get better for you.

A couple-three years ago, the property probably would've cost twice as much. So there is that to consider. It's still twice as expensive as other properties of comparable size. But, y'know, two quarries.

Posted by: tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Batgirl in glasses

I'm not entirely sure I want to know the answer to this, but - um. What would you do with two quarries?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)

Well, considering that they're full of water, maybe stock one with fish and go swimming in the other one.

Though if I wanted, I could probably go the Henry Bowman route, emulating the hero of the gloriously batshit gun culture revolutionary fantasy UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, and use one as a shooting range. Odds are it'd be a limerock quarry, which might conceivably be soft enough to work as a backstop.

Posted by: tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
All the bees are ded.

But you'd drain the quarry before you put in a shooting range, right? People swimming and shooting things at the same time seems like one of those ideas people warn you about. Especially as these would mostly be beginners. (Although I suppose that would make for AWESOME ads: Sun, Surf, and Shooting! Shoot while skinnydipping! I suppose you could get someone to pose in a swimsuit with a big gun, too.)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)

Skeet Surfin'!

The hero in UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES doesn't. He just fires at the wall and lets the flattened bullets fall into the water. I think he sometimes dives to recover them, but when the feds get around to dragging his pond they find a massive pile of old bullets.

Also, an ATF helicopter the hero shot down. (Like I said: gloriously batshit gun culture revolutionary fantasy.)

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm jealous!

Too bad the quarries are full. In your original post, I figured shooting ranges was exactly what you were wanting to do!

But even twenty acres of secluded land is pretty good. I'm here in the Northeast, and we have the problem of a range that has been there since something like 1912.

Developers have moved in, and now the yuppie bastiches are complaining about the noise...I mean, if somebody put a range next to your house, I can see the complaint.

But when you build a house next to a range that's been active since before your parents were born, you deserve what you get - get some earplugs!

And it ain't just ranges. Similar things are happening to a local pig farmer and a dairy farm in this area...

Good Luck on the Plan!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, I'm jealous!
cameron screw you

Thanks! Yeah, that's a problem all over. Folks moving out to the boonies and getting all het up because their neighbor's out in his yard cleaning a deer he shot... go figure, huh?

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