Are you a Space Explorer? Part Two- Vacant Land

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Real Estate Agent with United Country Ponderosa Realty

Crystal Lakes lot, Red Feather Lakes COBefore walking the property lines, acreage is a difficult concept for some vacant land purchasers.

The other day, I was walking a lot with a buyer who said, "It's easier to visualize 35 or 40 acres, instead of 2.5 acres." 

"What is 2.5 acres anyway!!?"  This buyer is unusual, because most people cannot visualize 40 acres.

An acre is 43560 square feet; an average (Old Town Fort Collins, CO) city lot is 50 X 200, or 10,000 sq feet.

 

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Let's say that 2.5 acres equals almost 11 city lots.  Is that easier to visualize?  Can we walk down a sidewalk and see 11 houses, or visualize 5 ½ houses/lots with the 5 ½ houses behind them?

 

This isn't a photo of Old Town Fort Collins, but you can get the idea. Also I realize that not all parcels are rectangular in shape. Still it helps to relate an acre to something more familiar.

This buyer initially started looking at 35-40 acres parcels, with the intention of building a cabin later. Guess what?! We found a 2.5 acre parcel with a terrific cabin already on it, and they love it.

Unless you have livestock, or you are a farmer, or you intend to build a shopping center, the amount of acreage shouldn't be the main focus of your vacant land search. Depending on what is surrounding the parcel, you may get that feeling of a wide open space without having to pay for it.

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Wellington, CO

Sometimes it's good to explore different opportunities, in different sizes.

The other day, I wrote a post about exploring different homes with different square footage, and another post about buying jeans. When you shop for clothes, you have to try them on because your size doesn't fit perfectly in all styles.

It might serve you well to explore various parcels of land with different amounts of acreage, don't get stuck on a number.  

Try them on for size, and then you will find the right fit.

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Mary Douglas, your Mountain Broker-Associate and REALTOR®

United Country  Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, CO

www.redfeatherlakes.com ---800-531-2195

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Ann Hayden
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Mary,

So once again you have proven....size does not matter.

Ann Hayden in soggy Wildwood, MO

October 10, 2009 08:05 AM
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Mary Douglas
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LOL Ann, many times it doesn't :-)  Thank you for stopping by today!

October 10, 2009 09:21 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Mary, I love your explanation!  It's very illustrative but simple. Have a great weekend!

October 10, 2009 02:06 PM
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From firsthand experience, I know this to be true! When we bought our 5 acres in Custer County, I didn't really know how much that was, it was what was for sale with the house we wanted. We walked the triangle shaped property, that had dirt roads on two sides, and an almost clear sightline across the meadow from one stake to the other on the last side. I now have a feel for smaller sizes, at least, and 5 acres was just enough, (with grandfathered water rights, it was PERFECT!).  I see this is part II so I am going to check out the other one, as well!

October 10, 2009 05:52 PM
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Mary Douglas
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Hi Silvia, Thanks for stopping by, 'glad you liked it.  I hope you are having a great weekend, too!

 

Hi Cheryl, the grandfathered water rights would make it perfect!  I like the way you chose the house and not the acreage - it's what came with the house !  I think from your comments on Part One and from this - you are definitely a space explorer, Cheryl!!  Thanks for your thoughts on it, I appreciate it.

October 10, 2009 07:37 PM
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