A home of our own! *We're moved in!* New pics! (post # 148)

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by ChevygirlBeth, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. ChevygirlBeth

    ChevygirlBeth Chillin' With My Peeps

    So, for several months now we have been in the process of purchasing our first home. It's been a long, slow process, but we're finally nearing the end! We're hoping to have a closing date soon (the sellers moved to Texas months ago, so the house is already empty). We are SOOO excited! It's not technically a farm, but it will be by the time we're done with it! We got it for a pretty reasonable price between the way the housing market is and the fact that the sellers needed to get rid of it to be able to purchase a home in Texas. We paid less for it than they did a little over 2 years ago.

    It's a brick ranch home (3 bedrooms, 1 bath) built in 1956. It was built well and is in great shape. The floors are beautiful hardwood except in the kitchen and bathroom. It has been updated, but we'll still do some painting and such before moving in. It has a 3 car garage (built in 2002) with a bathroom in it (which is a wonderful bonus!). Both the house and garage are heated by an outdoor woodburner with natural gas as a backup heating source. It sits on nearly 42 acres (we'd love to have more acreage someday, but this is a GREAT start... we feel very blessed to have found a place with room for us and our animals)! A lot of it is wooded, but I've looked at some old aerial maps and it used to almost all be open ground at one time. The plan is to leave some of it wooded, but clear some of the scrubby acreage to make more pasture area, since the trees there aren't high quality anyway and we need more pasture (and it used to be hayfield/pasture at one time).

    It also comes with some extra bonuses. One is an underground dog fence (and 4 collars to go with it) that surrounds about 5 acres! [​IMG] It makes me feel better since there are more neighbors and a busier road and we don't want anything to happen to our dogs. We're also getting the (newer and nicer than our current) refrigerator and stove that are there, as well as a portable dishwasher and a piano! They also left their 4-wheeler, lawn mower, and a gas brush hog that you can pull behind the 4-wheeler. They talked about selling those 3 items to us, but the seller's father (who had been caring for the place since the sellers moved) said they would probably just give those to us! [​IMG]

    A couple of things that are both good and bad - it's on a state route just outside a little town and there are quite a few neighbors. It's bad because we're used to backroads, more privacy, and fewer neighbors. But it's good because we hope to sell our products (beef, pork, eggs, pumpkins, gourds, & crafts, too), so those neighbors, the drivers on the state route, and the people in the nearby town are potential friends and customers! [​IMG]

    We don't have a name for it yet. I have come up with a few ideas, but DH isn't crazy about any of them. I hope we can come up with a good name so I can make us a farm sign and get it up this spring!

    The house:

    The house and garage. There used to be a garage under the house - that's why you see the concrete walls and slope down under the side porch. It now just has a man door. That old garage area is where I hope to set up our meat freezers, egg fridge, and sell our products from.

    The garage and outdoor woodburner:

    Out behind the house is this awesome fenced in play area! It will be great for our nephew... and someday kids of our own (who am I kidding - I'll probably play there, too! lol [​IMG]).

    Side yard and little shed. The chickens' permanent coop will end up over here somewhere, but they'll live in a chicken tractor of some kind and will be rotated through the pasture in the summer. [​IMG]

    Other side yard. This is where I'm planning to plant my vegetable garden this spring. I'll have to plant some trees along the road, though - I prefer not to have people driving by and watching me in the garden (I'm weird like that [​IMG]).

    This is the field behind the house. They had been mowing it like a yard (it's nearly 4 acres!). This will become pasture for sure, once we get to building fence (we'll have lots of fence to build since it will be split up into smaller paddocks to facilitate our rotational grazing).

    This was taken from the field, looking back towards the house (it's on the other side of those big pines).

    This was the house in the snow about a month or so ago (I snapped this pic driving past it on my way to work).
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2009
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I think I have house envy! [​IMG]

    GORGEOUS spot and all that acreage...wow!!! Congrats!!!
  3. rileysgranny

    rileysgranny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2008
    Tennessee, USA
    Amazingly beautiful. Best of luck in your new home.
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    I think a good name would be

    "A little bit of Heaven!" Kind of looks that way to me!
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh my gosh, you are so lucky, what a gorgeous home! iknow you will be very happy! [​IMG]
  6. IcedMochaChick

    IcedMochaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    Oh my goodness, that is just perfect! I would love to have that much land. You're so lucky! Congratulations [​IMG]
  7. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    OMG LUCKY!!! >: ( lol congrats, hopefully my future home will look somethin like that [​IMG]
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Awesome! LOVE the land!

    I'd so tree myself in too! LOL

    If you plant evergreens though, don't put any pole beans too close, they'll all grow away from the trees! Learned that one from experience and had pole beans on one side of a pole listing over the ground away from our 100 foot tall evergreens. LOL
  9. ChevygirlBeth

    ChevygirlBeth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you! We feel so very blessed. We had been looking for a long time for a place and everything was out of our price range or else didn't have any acreage for our cattle. I had driven past this place for the 3 years I have worked at my job and never paid it much attention. I noticed the For Sale sign over the summer, but didn't think much of it - with the house surrounded by trees like it is, it looked like it was only a few acres. For some reason I felt the need to look it up on the realtor's website one day at lunch and I about fell out of my chair when the description said "40+ acres!" (especially because it was listed for $155,000 - normally that would be for 10 acres or less with a house, not over 40 acres! [and we bought it for less than that]). The next day, DH and I went to drive by it so he could see it and the seller happened to be there (Hurricane Ike hit and she and her 3 children [ages 3 and under] came back to Ohio until conditions improved in Texas), so we got a tour of the house and all the history before we even talked to a realtor. Some people may not agree, but we'd been praying to find the right place for us and this sure felt like an answered prayer!

    *Edited for spelling.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2008
  10. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Wow 42 acres is just a great start???? We would love that much....our great start was three acres. Hahahaha:lol:[​IMG]

    It is absolutely a beautiful piece of property. You are truly blessed!!!!! Edited to say Just saw your last post....I would have to agree....that deal could have only happened with some Godly intervention!!

    Have fun with it!!!
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2008

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