I thought I'd share some recent photographs we took out there.
Here is the view from the front porch:
Here is the view from the back of the property up toward the house and outbuildings:
And here is the view of the back couple of acres behind the house:
These views just kill me. Of course, with this view also come very high winds. It would be so cold up on this hill in the winter. (Hey, gotta keep it real. There are benefits & drawbacks to everything!).
Problem #1: This is a foreclosed property. We wouldn't be able to sell our current house before buying this one (no contingencies allowed). We'd have to try to manage 2 small mortgages until our current house were to sell. Yikes...
Problem #2: Well & septic condition unknown. The water is turned off. It's been vacant for at least a year, possibly more. There could be problems here that we'd have to pay to fix.
Problem #3: There are 5 acres, 2 barns, 1 corncrib, and one old garage turned into a gigantic chicken coop. That's a lot of maintenance for a family with 3 young sons.
Problem #4: The house needs a bit of work. Let's be realistic. It's an old farmhouse. Part of the basement even has dirt floors! Of course, this was just their root cellar, I'm sure.
Pro #1: It has 5 acres. Did I mention it has land?
Pro #2: The house has been updated. All new windows.. also all-new paneling (yuck).
Pro #3: The house is big. 5 bedrooms.... but 3 of them are interconnected (meaning walk through one to get to the other).
Pro #4: Part of the house still has exposed hardwood. But part is carpeted.
Pro #5: Did you see the views?
Pro #6: Country living. No shootings in town here.
Pro #7: Small schools. Only 3 schools in the nearby city. Elementary, middle, high.
Pro #8: It's closer to my husband's work! 20 minutes less on his commute. His drive to work would be only about 20 minutes from this farm. It's now about 40-45 minutes.
Pro #9: The house is located right on a blacktop road. No need to worry about plowing a long lane.
Pro #10: Did I mention the land? The gardening and orchard opportunities here are great.
Pro #11: It's within a mile of my great-grandparent's original farm (the farmhouse burned down before I was born and the property was sold).
I just had to share these pictures. It's quite a view, isn't it?
And check out this hayloft. (All the outbuildings have steel roofs, which is a plus, I guess.)