And I’d be willing to bet this one goes through without a hitch. This morning we sat down with the sellers, their agent and we laughed and had the best time with them. They’re the nicest people, their agent is their good friend and she wasn’t afraid to present them with any of our ideas, questions and concerns.
It’s the small ranch house with 45 acres that Vince and I both fell in love with and wanted so badly. When we made our first offer, the owners decided they didn’t want to sell it and they had a very good reason . . which I understand completely and would feel the same way if I were in their shoes. We did a bit of negotiation and arrived at a deal we all can live with. The house is about 6 years old and I don’t see any reason for any problems during inspection. We think we can get it closed by the end of October but the house they’re building may not be finished for a while so they will rent from us while we continue to live at our leased house but we can go ahead and get the construction started on closing in a section of the shop for my sewing room.
This place is truly my dream home. I’ve wanted acreage for so, so many years — my dream was always to have 40 acres, though I would have been quite happy with 20 and would have settled for 10 and expected to end up with 5. Now, we’re getting 45 acres. I want to live where I don’t see another house, I don’t see a road, I don’t hear a passing car or stereo and cannot hear a neighbor’s dog barking. So much of the land around here is very rocky, full of cactus and with no trees or if any, just a few mesquite trees. This land has very little rock, very few mesquite, lots of oak and red oak trees. It’s beautiful land for this part of Texas.
And, it has a full RV hookup. I’m hoping my parents will come and fall in love with the place and park an RV there so I can see them more often.
For those of you who know how Texas operates (and I do not even claim to have that knowledge) — the property is ag exempt and it can stay ag exempt. As soon as the drought conditions improve, the cows will be returned. The cattle owner leases the land so we don’t even have to deal with the cows. We may fence off a section of it and have a few goats. We’ll see how much Vince gets into this farming.
Not everyone feels the same way I do . . that’s what makes the world go ’round but for me, I need space. I don’t want to hear any one else’s kids’ radio, I don’t want anyone else’s dog waking me up at 3 a.m., for some crazy reason, I believe that when we work and pay for our own property, we should be allowed to do with it what we please, within reason. The times that I remember being the happiest were at my grandma’s, where they had 80 acres and no neighbors. No phone, no tv . . we played outside, we entertained ourselves. That’s where I fell in love with chickens, raw milk, learned to make butter, learned to sew and learned a great appreciation for indoor plumbing! 🙂 That’s the life I want! And that’s the life we’ll have on this property.
Having someone in MO coming around to measure to be sure grass wasn’t over 8″ tall probably was the icing on the cake for me. Living in a neighborhood and paying $300 to $500/month for a water bill so my grass can be greener than my neighbor’s grass . . that’s not the life for me!
One thing that matters to me most is to live as self-sufficiently as we can. We’ll never live off grid (or we might!) but I want to know that IF something happens and food is in short supply or we need to be able to protect ourselves and our property, we are in a position to do so. And if you’re reading this and thinking that can never happen here, I hope you’re right but just in case . . I’m going to be as ready as I can be for whatever happens. I will not be the one depending on FEMA for my food and water.
There is so much wild game on this property – deer, turkey, audad (though I think they’re not so good to eat), jack rabbit. There are some huge cattle ranches in my “neighborhood”. With the well, we can have a garden. I’ll have chickens again. Vince can have bees.
Speaking of chickens, there’s a little covered bridge on the property. When the realtor bought a piece of property for herself, this little covered bridge, just a little walking bridge, was on the property and she didn’t want it so these people took it. They had an idea for it but never did anything with it. Vince thinks he can turn that into the chicken coop! How cool would that be?
Around the house is fenced off and that’s the only area we have to cut. Judging from what we’ve had to cut in the past, I’d say we’ll be maintaining less than 2 acres and it’s not the kind of grass you have to cut often. With the drought, most folks out in the country haven’t cut their grass even once this summer.
Did I mention there’s a gas stove? Yep, gas stove and gas heat in the house. I’m telling you, this is as close to perfect as we will ever get. The slogan for Brownwood is “It feels like home!” When we left there this morning, Vince looked at me and he said “It feels like home!” He said, and I agreed that every other house we’ve tried to buy would have worked but we weren’t giddy about the others and they didn’t feel like home. This does!
We very much hope our house hunting days are over. Oh . . one of the best parts . . it’s not much more than 5 miles from Vince’s work! How perfect is the whole place? 45 acres. I’ll have a super nice sewing room when it’s all done. Chickens. Close to Vince’s work. Gas stove . . Vince is as excited about this place as I am. So, I guess what we’ve been through the past few months has been worth it. We’re ending up with the best possible house we could have had. I don’t think we could have built a place ourselves and ended up with any better.
I will remember that it’s not a done deal til the keys are in my hand but I think we’re going to make it this time.