Q: How do I calculate the size of the lot for the house I want to buy in St. Cloud MN?
Most homes in the St. Cloud MN area have the lot size written on the MLS sheet as one measurement X another measurement. When you get into looking at homes for sale with over an acre of land it is usually listed on the MLS sheet with the acreage already calculated in the acreage category.
Take for instance a house for sale in South St Cloud MN with a lot that is 100 x 185. Is that close to an acre? How do you calculate the acerage? First you multiple the 2 numbers of the lot size, in the example of 100 X 185 the lot size works out to 18,500 square feet. An acre is 43,560 square feet, so this would equal 0.42 acre, or just under 1/2 acre. To determine acreage simply divide square feet/43,560=acres.
A good rule of thumb: 1 Acre is 208.71 feet x 208.71 feet.
Now when we get into irregular shaped lots it can be a bit more interesting to calculate the square feet for the homes lot size. If you look at the picture to the right you will see that the heavy black lines form a nice even sided rectangle in which case you would use the formula above, but when you have a lot that looks more like the trapazoid type shape in the middle, you have to do a little math in order to figure out the size of your homes lot.
Let us say you have a lot that is 150 across the front 120 on one side 200 across the back and 100 on the other side. It might look similar to the shape drawn in the thinner black lines above inside or the nice rectangle (dimensions are as an example only) the way to calculate this kind of an irregular lot is:
Take the average of the front and back (150 and 200) or 175, and multiply by the average of the sides (100 and 120) or110. 175x110 =19,250 divided by 43,560 =0.4419 Acres.