Homestead land in the WA Okanogan (with pics

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  1. ineffableone

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    Hey BCUSA just wanted to let you all know I am moving forward with a property, though still open to look at other property and planning to check others out in case this one falls through. I made an offer $8K under the listed price. The realtor said the owners had refused that price 3 times in the past. So bumped up to $4K under the list price and seemed agreeable to that being at least worth taking to the owners. So I made the bid and moving forward. It is a 30 day cash out offer, and while I expect them to counter rather than just accept I have my step father who is an architect, planner, and developer doing the negotiations for me. In other words I let a shark loose in the kiddie pool. So he is ready to keep firm on the price, or if they want more, a list of improvements that are needed as well as extending the cash out to 90 days, or even requiring a partial financing.

    But it is looking like depending on the owners and how much negotiation is done, I could be closing in a month or so.

    Keep your finger crossed, or send out some prayers, or wish me luck. Any little help I can get to make this happen is appreciated.

    But on to the property, I visited a really nice 40 acre property with a pond on it this past Fri. It is in a natural bowl with 3 hills. There hills hills East, NW and SW. I would own up to the tops of two hills East and NW, and a decent amount of the SW hill. The property hasn't been logged since 1987, and has minimal work done on it. A little bit of over grown road, and the pond was man made by blocking the gaps between hills. The pond is 150' wide at the widest, and 620' long. Listed as seasonal, but the neighbor said only one end tends to dry up during dry years and the south side is spring feed and stays all year round. Otherwise in wet years it is all year for most of the pond.

    But let me share the story of how I got to the property. And then some pics.

    First off, I driven over in the night and camped out at a lake park so I could get a nice early start to my land hunt. Had plenty of properties to look at. First one in the Coalville Rez, couldn't find though the area was lovely dotted with lakes and ponds. My GPS said it was right to my right but it definitely was not the right place. Maybe I entered the lat and long in wrong? Second was a nasty mess of slash piles. It would take a lot of effort to clean up and then the property itself wasn't all that great. Another and it was just way too steep slope with no benches or flat. On to two more, and a long drive on paved roads then a gravel road that was not very well done. The gravel road was recently washed out part way up and filled with course rubble rock. Still long ways down the gravel road and I come to a truck stuck in a mud hole, in the path blocking me from continuing. no way my CRV would make the hole if he got stuck. I hung out and did my best to help and offer support to the guy. And he did get unstuck. But the access issue crossed the next two off my list.

    On to the property I am hoping to get now.

    As I got off the 3 lane wide hard pack gravel road and onto the actual road that leads to the property I saw a guy walking along carrying groceries. I slowed down so not to kick dust up in his face and just past him, stopped poked out the door and asked "do wanna walk, or would you like a lift?" he asked where I was going, I told him and turns out he owns and lives on property that boarders the one I was there to look at. He offers to come up and show me around and tell me about the place and hops in.

    View down into the valley about 3/4 the way up the road to the property.
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    I learned a lot about the road from my new friend and potential neighbor. While not horrible and it could use some work, he had lots to say about it. Obviously it was something he likely complains about a lot. A bit bellow the area I took the pic posted above, is a really nice homestead set up with wind and solar, who I was told are nice folks retired military and I look forward to meeting them later.

    My passenger was giving all the gossip about the neighbors, pointing out one set just above where I took the pic who he felt were the ones responsible for the condition of the road. They had a big privacy fence, and posted security cam surveillance as well as a no trespassing including government agents etc. Most likely hard core Libertarians who don't want gov interference. My passenger mentioned the cops wont step on their property. LOL.

    My passenger's place was just bellow mine, and the road goes right by his small 5th wheel camper. Not sure why folks put their places so close to the road, I sure wouldn't. Just past his place though and the easement road to the property I am looking at arrives.

    The entrance to the property is an easement road that only leads to the property I am looking to buy
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    The easement road is a bit over grown and there is a small mud hole on easement road, but as you can see not a big problem.
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    Just a little ways and there is a for sale sign then just past that a barbed wire fence line that looks newish, as it still hasn't rusted. I suspect this is the property line for this side. But not completely sure, as it doesn't seem to cut the land like I would expect.
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    You can however see this easement road is in a narrow cut between a ridge and a big hill. Which would mean securing the entrance would be fairly easy.

    Here is a pic from the road on the property looking up onto the ridge. Nice steep slope that would make putting a gate across the road quite effective.
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    The first thing you see coming on to the property is a large clearing/pad. Not quite level, with a SE down slope. But I could easily grade and level the space.

    Sorry bout the dark camera phone pic, seems it had trouble dealing with the bright light at times.
    This is the view coming down the road and looking out over the pad and pond beyond. Mostly east direction wise
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    Main clearing looking southish, the entrance road to the right of the pic
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    Main clearing looking northish, the entrance road to the left of the pic, my CRV behind that tree closest
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    And looking back up the entrance road, sorry again a bit dark
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    The pond is fairly hidden by trees, which I would do a lot of cutting down and using for some fencing, and other projects. But would want to clear and gain better access to the pond. However I do want to be careful not to go too crazy. I want to leave some trees and bushes around the water edge in places.
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    So this might be a good time to give you some areal reference to the property. To give an idea of where things are. This is the realtor's posted areal image, which gives not only an idea of the property and it's boundaries but also the parcels around the property. Top is north, the easement access comes in from the west side.
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    I had transferred the lines onto google earth to get a much better idea of the property ahead of going to visit it. Really like when they give you the property lines to understand what your looking at.

    So on we go, while there is a road continuing down that goes to the south tip of the pond, lets move around the property the other direction, and go North to East and around the pond and back up to the clearing. Since that is the route I explored. :D

    So up on the Northern hill/ridge. This was close to the western edge of the property.

    Looking north
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    Looking south
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    Up on the hill and looking back over the property and the pond you get a great view. You can see how dense the tress are around the property, as well as the trees over on the eastern hill across the pond. That V notch was filled to help make the pond, and I was told the spring that feeds the pond is on that end.
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    Looking right from same vantage in pic above, toward the clearing and where I parked
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    Down closer to the pond looking toward the south end.
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    From here if you look northish, you can see a marsh where there is spillway for the pond overflow, as well as a nice little meadow.
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    around and over on that meadow, looking at the wetlands and spill way
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    And the spillway, a bit dark but it was obviously an intentional spillway man made
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    The pond mostly runs N & S, but where the spill way is a finger runs off to the east.
    This is from where the marsh and spillway are, and the separation between the finger and main pond body
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    Beginning of that finger of the pond
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    The pond's finger is fairly narrow and straight, but a decent looking depth.
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    Berm at the end of the finger
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    Looking down hill from on top of the berm, if there was no berm here all that pond water would flow right over and down this slope.
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    Now around to the eastern side of the property, which seems to have lots of wonderful rock formations, stair step flat benches, and surprisingly the road that goes down to the pond on the southern end actually comes around on this side but is hard to tell when at what looks like the end of the road at the southern tip of the pond.

    This is the continuation of the road, over on the east side of the lake
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    But the roads this side are pretty over grown
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    Looking out over the pond from the eastern side
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    Stair stepping flat benches on the eastern side
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    Looking down on the pond finger from the eastern side
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    As I mentioned some great rock formations and cliffs over on this side
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    up on top of the rock looking at the tops of others.
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    OK so I have mentioned the south side of the pond, and the road going down to it several times. The road comes down to this point and curves and goes into the pond. I think this was done at some point to make a boat launch into the pond. As i mentioned the road actually should continue around the pond. But a dozer blade seems to have cut into the earht and made a step you wouldn't be able to drive over, as well as the area where the road continues is quite over grown to the point you don't see it standing on the road at the southern end of the pond.

    Here is the south side of the pond looking westish
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    This is the path the road used to take around to the east side of the pond, can you see it? Believe it or not I had just come through that. But it is a couple feet higher up than where the road goes into the pond.
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    This is looking south, and the berm built up to fill the gap between hills, obviously no water escaping that route.
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    Looking up the road from the south end of the pond, it curves to meet the pond
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    road going back up to the clearing, pretty straight going
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    Almost back up to the clearing
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    Well that about does it, I have plenty more pics but that is a general loop around the pond and a general sense of the place.

    The property has a lot of potential. I think I can deepen the pond a bit here and there. Cut back some trees, and clear lots of brush. Do a little leveling and reconnect the road to gain access to the other side of the pond. Likely do plenty of terracing and swales to maximize water run off, catching it and keeping it from eroding soil. I didn't explore too much along the south edge of the property, as it is heavily forested with thick underbrush. I did push my way in a bit, and would want to thin it down a bit but retain much of the trees and patches of brush. I did spot a place in there that looks like it might likely have a spring, due to the vegetation, however it was far too thick to get in there without cutting stuff back. Also on the eastern side I spotted a likely spring where there was lush grass and moisture just under the surface of a dry crust of algae. So there might be multiple springs on the property. Though would need to monitor them and see if they dry up and are just seasonal seeps, or full time.

    Well thanks for checking this out, and hope you enjoyed. Leave some feed back if you think of anything. Or feel free to ask questions.
     
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    Looks like a cool piece of property! Good luck with the purchase!!! :)
     
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    Looks like a nice place. Good luck getting the land. Rumor has it that no more land is being made. :4:
     
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    Thanks, I am really excited about this property. I had to drag myself away at the end of the day. I just wanted to stay and start living there right off.

    So true, land isn't getting made anymore. And good land with water is harder and harder to come by these days. So I feel really lucky to have found this property for sale and close enough to my budget to be able to bid on it.
     
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    beautiful place! but burn your pictures of the pond, and wetlands if the feds see them you wont be allowed to use them lol
     
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    I think I am safe, the pond is a man made one not natural. And the wetlands are designed in to the spillway to slow and filter water as it leaves the pond.

    But thanks for the suggestion, it is true natural wetlands are a pain with regulations and rules. But these tend not to apply to man made wetlands.
     
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    Just got the call, and my bid was accepted. Now it is just a matter of dealing with the bureaucracy to make it official, but basically this lovely 40 acres is mine now.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Thanks, I am really looking forward to working on the land and moving onto it. Lots of space and nature to bushcraft in my own yard, Yay!
     
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    So thought I would share a few Google Earth screen caps of the property so folks could get some idea of the topography. Of course the topography is more general but gives much better idea than a just a flat areal photo and some camera phone pics.

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    facing East
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    facing South
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    Congratulations. Here's to many years of fun and happiness for you and yours.
     
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    Thanks, one of the best parts to me is that it is pretty much raw land. Nothing built on it other than the pond and an over grown road. So plenty of bushcraft fun to be had on the property while I work on building a house.

    My plan is to try and build underground, yes hobbit hole kind of, for the obvious temperature benefit of a constant year round temp but mainly I want to hide my house so I don't impact the wonderful nature I own. I want to be able to sit on the hill look out and forget there is a house there.
     
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    I did a lot of research on those types of houses. Three of the biggest problems with underground homes are waterproofness, ventilation and mold. It can still be done, but it has to be done right. You might consider what they term an "Earth Bermed Home" where they have earth on (part or all) of three sides and possibly the roof while the front face is a regular wall--like Bag End. This will also give you some windows to enjoy your view.

    Good luck, that's great.
     
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    No worries Harper, I have been doing lots of research on the topic for decades and know what your talking about. But glad you mentioned it as yes most people build underground wrong. But from Mike Oehler to permaculture wofati designs. There is a lot of better ways to do underground than the dig into the side of a hill and put the back of a house into the hill which is what typically causes the issues you mentioned.

    Mike Oehler figured out you leave the opening on the uphill side so you don't have the water draining down the hill into your home as well as it brightens thing up and adds good ventilation.
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    wofati, you build the building and pile earth on top but remembering the lessons of Mike Oehler as well as using John Hait's ideas of trapping passive heat in earth mass.
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    Congrats and hope everything goes really well for you! That's some fantastic land with a lot of diversity and beauty on it. It's a great investment and place to make your home. Looking forward to following your progress!
     
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    Thanks, I do plan to document at least some of what I do. I tend to not be the best camera man, as I tend to forget to take pictures a lot. I just get wrapped up in the doing and forget the documenting. Majority of camping trips I don't even bring y phone or a camera with me, I leave it in the car. I am out to unplug typically, so just don't even think about bringing the tech with me.

    So I will be trying to make a conscious effort with this to document as I go. Because I know i have benefited a lot from those who have shared their journeys, and if I can help give back and help the next person or two along then wonderful.
     
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    Congratulations!!! I look forward to hearing about your progress....
     
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    OK went back over to the property this weekend after picking up some wonderful tools at an estate sale. I got 4 cross cut saws, a cant hook, an adz, a froe, a gas weed whacker (no electric out there to plug into), and a grinder. Slowly adding some tools to my collection for using on the homestead.

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    I didn't take lots of pics while out this time. I was busy working. Did some work cutting back the easement road foliage, cut some trails so I could explore the property easier and to places I hadn't seen yet. Got up to the South side of the property found it was fenced. Also most of the West side is fenced. Which is a great bonus.

    And got to sleep out on my land as well as hang out with the neighbor, and meet the rancher at the bottom of the hill. Slowly getting to hear the stories of the area and gather info on the history. Realized just bellow my property is a buffalo ranch. And yes they sell meat and hides, yay.

    So speaking of bellow the property, Here are some pics from down in the valley across the river looking up toward my property.

    my place is between the building and the bumper of the passing car, just above the car roof is Eagle's Bluff.
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    Zoomed in to my property a bit.
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    zoomed in more, starting to loose resolution
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    Sort of gives a bit more context of my location. Up almost to the top of the hill.

    While out cutting trails and hiking around, I found a new friend.

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    I suspect in the process of laying eggs, so took a couple pics and left her alone.
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    Also saw a nice large deer who was too fast to get a pic of. As well as plenty of chipmunks, grouse, and ducks in the pond. Oh and a young rattle snake laying out on the road sunning it self who was being lazy and not wanting to move until I hit it (lightly) with a thrown stick so I could drive around it, I forgot to take a pic of it, but it was a pretty little snake.

    So I mentioned I was able to get up into the steep and heavy growth area on the South side of the property.

    This is looking out over the property that hill is the Eastern side of the property I own up on to the crest of that hill.
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    A little further down slope toward the east looking north you can see a lot of timber on this south side that I can use for building and fire wood. The little bit of a hill you can see between trees is the North western hill on my property.
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    As I mentioned I found that the South side of the property was fenced, looks like it could use some maintenance in some spots, and some clearing back some over growth. But huge bonus to find some fencing in place already.
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    Similarly the western side had fencing.
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    And this is likely the North West property corner, which would give me a good reference point to run fencing along the northern side of the property. While the neighbor that direction is the one I made friends with my first trip out, since I plan on having live stock I will want to fence this line and it is the side that faces toward the road and main access. So is also the direction I would most likely get people coming from.
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    Well that is it for pics to share, sorry I don't have more the share right now but more will come. I will likely be closing over this week, so very soon this property will official become mine in all the paper work etc. Then the real fun begins.

    I need to rent a dozer to fix some problem areas on the road coming in. To make pulling a travel trailer, when I get one, up to the property easier. As well as just making the road better to travel on for me and for guests I have come visit. Also I want to use the dozer to do some work on my easement road into the property. As well as creating a level place for a trailer on the property and working the road around to the eastern side of the pond into service again. And likely just some land sculpting here and there to get to a good starting point. Maybe cut a small section into the western side of the pond to have better access there. A lot will depend on how fast I can work and how much of the critical work gets done. While I could find plenty of projects for a dozer to last a month, I don't want to pay a month of rental fees. The idea is to get enough basics done to move out there and start living and working there so I'm not just weekending over there. I can always rent the dozer or other equipment again later to follow up.
     
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    I know the Okanogan area very well, You are a lucky ducky! I have very good friends scattered from Bridgeport to Omak and Winthrop to Mansfield. Everything you could ever want is right there! GOOD FOR YOU!
     
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    Yep I had been wanting to get property in the Okanogan pretty much since first visiting there. Though I did open up my search to Ferry county too, as they have a great program through PUD of installing wind and solar on remote property for you and then you pay them a monthly bill until you pay off the equipment and it is then yours. But Okanogan was my primary area of searching.

    I had actually expected to have many more months of searching, but was lucky enough to have one of the first few properties work out for me.

    *edit to add, just want to point out it has been a long road to get to this point for me. A huge part that is helping me too is an inheritance from my Grandfather. This is enabling me to buy the property cash out rather than deal with a mortgage, which is difficult to get on raw land, or settle for a much smaller piece of land with less desirable features.
     
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    Well, I am able bodied and willing to come up and help if you ever want to meet up, I also know a guy in Okanogan who owns a Tree cutting business if the need should arise..
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate the offer and might take you up on it at some point.

    I hope to have a little camp out meet up on the property at some point for BCUSA and some other folks, and will make sure you know about it. Though that will be less about trying to get folks to pitch in labor and more just having fun and sharing a good time with like minded folks. But it could be a good time to make plans for more organized efforts to do work on the property.
     
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    Does the pond have any Bass? Sorry if I missed it.

    What a gorgeous bit of land ineffableone. That is a dream come true for many!
     
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    Congrats......Everyone should have their own piece of heaven.
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    Build a rustic shed....as a base of operations, storage, and temporary shelter......can always be used after house is done.
     
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    Thanks.

    As for fish, I haven't seen any fish yet or tried to go fishing so not sure if there are any in there. The pond it rather hard to get to, most of the pond edge is blocked with thick growth. So it will take some serious cutitng back to really get to a point were I can honestly tell what might be in the pond.

    I do plan to stock the pond with fish at some point if they aren't already in there.


    I am planning to build a "garage" for a travel trailer that I plan to live out of. That will also double as tool storage etc. The plan is to make it able to be locked up nice and tight so if I have to go to town or leave the property for a weekend or something, it will secure my most valuable stuff.
     
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    That is beautiful Bub!!!

    s/f
    Buzz
     
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    Good success on the property! The country is one of the better areas in our state. Ever owned property with water in/on it?
     
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    I have never owned property. LOL. I have been too nomadic, moving back and forth around the country. I have lived in 7 different states in my life and tend to also move around inside the state and in the city I am living.

    So this will be a very new experience for me.

    However I do have some experience with property with water, when living in a community in AZ. We had a river running through the property, though what they call rivers there are dry ditches that occasionally have floods run through them.
     
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    Good plan....that's kinda what we did.
    Call it an "Ag building"....especially if you are planning on running livestock.....Different tax rate.

    I have 11 acres in "cropland" that the neighbor crops....qualifies me for a USDA Farm Number....cut my taxes by 2/3's below "recreational/residential"....rate.
     
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    Good point on the taxes, I do plan to have some livestock (chickens, goats, and pigs the within the first few years) so I might need to look into adding them a little sooner to help qualify for the tax break.
     
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    Just something to look into.....look at your lands paper work...should be some clues.

    Ask the seller or neighbors,...... If there is fences, chances are there is or was a reason.
    Good idea to make acquaintance with neighbors as well.

    Sometime a little bit of local information is worth it's weight in gold.....of a few beers to say the least.
     
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    So filled out the paperwork and paid for the property, there is one final piece of paperwork the sellers are having trouble finding to finish the deal. But at this point the land is mine, and I am starting to move forward with plans. Like installing a mailbox and getting an official address. Which will let me register my vehicles to that address, change my voting registration, etc...

    I will also be looking into renting some equipment soon to work on fixing the road, and clearing a nice pad to park a trailer on the property. Since I want to get living out there as soon as possible so I don't have a 6hr commute form Western WA to go work on the place.
     
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    Sounds like things are progressing.....good deal....lot's of little details.

    We are having some work done at our city house....so headed out to our "Place" in the morning after the guy shows up.

    Getting us and the dogs out his way and getting grass cut and trimmed up.
     
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    This last Monday installed a mail box, and today I was told they had finally found that last piece of paper work and filled the sale with the county. Tomorrow they are mailing me the deed. Yay, it is now officially 100% mine.
     
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    Well done!
     
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    Congrats man. The wife and I have enjoyed our little cabin and land, and have been creating many memories there. I wish you well...
     
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    Been out working on my property over the last week. Mainly just clearing brush, and especially the overgrown access road, though also picked up my snow plow and dropped it off on the property. But thought I would share my camp set up with folks. sorry about the shaky low quality camera phone video, but it is all I got at the moment. Something is better than nothing I guess.



     
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    So I just ordered a big part of my off grid power set up from Missouri Wind and Solar. Missouri Wind and Solar ¦ Wind Turbine and Solar Panel Supplies

    4 Monocrystalline 100 solar panels. $556.00
    1600 Watt 5 Blade Missouri Rebel Freedom Wind Turbine $329.98
    3000 Watt 12 Volt Pure Sine Power Inverter $699.00
    12 Volt DC Crossflow Cooling Fan $19.98
    300 Watt Divert Load Resistor $11.98
    1500 Watt Diversion Dump Load Resistor Bank $124.98
    Hybrid Dual Amp All In One 440 Wind and Solar Charge Controller $319.00

    Still need to get batteries and cables as well as a mast for the wind turbine, but want to source those locally as shipping batteries and a turbine pole is just too expensive.

    I am also planning on ordering a triple fuel (propane, natural gas, and gasoline) 3000 watt generator soon. Though still making up my mind on Honda Inverter Generator with CMD Triple-Fuel System or Yamaha Triple-Fuel Yamaha EF3000iSEB Inverter Generator . I am leaning toward the Yamaha, but need to do some research on repair services in the area, since if no one works on Yamaha in my area it would heavily influence my decision.

    This combo of alt energy and generator should be more than enough power for my needs for a good while. Allowing me the ability to grow into it and not have to rush to increase it as I grow.
     
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    Well, didn't do a lot of video or pictures this last trip too busy working to remember to film. I found that I would have to go all the way down to Wenachee to rent a dozer to work on the road and do some leveling. Seems no one in the area rents bladed equipment. Sigh, what a pain.

    I did do a video of some of the work I did carving trails and clearing brush after the fact just before heading out.



    Hope folks enjoy.
     
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    Rented a skid steer and did some clearing of my property. Knocked down a lot of the thick brush and dead aspen in the aspen grove around the pond. As well as some brush clearing up in the pine forest above. Also tried to work on leveling the pad for my trailer, but yesterday I got my first real snow that stuck and it turned the ground to mush that I couldn't work with. I did get to do a little road maintenance on the road going up to my property since I had to park the trailer down at the bottom of the hill as the road was too poor to pull the trailer up. So on the way down today to return the skid steer I did some road work. Nothing major, but a little improvement to the worst of the the road.

    I will be taking pics and maybe some video soon to show what I have gotten done.
     
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    OK time for a video dump. I am over at my brothers in Western WA, so have some time and internet access to upload some videos I took.

    First is a short tour of the travel trailer I bought. A 25ft Mallard bunkhouse.


    Next a couple of tours of work I did with a skid steer I rented over Thanksgiving.

     
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    Now a couple videos showing the sun exposure and how micro climates are important to observe through multi seasons.



    And finally a little tour of the potential build site I am considering for a home
     
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    Nice looking land, lucky to have water! Been looking at property over in that area for a couple years, We love it over there.
     
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    Very nice. Where do you plan to setup and store all the solar and wind equipment and supplies? Maybe a steel Hi-Cube container? Thanks for sharing!
     
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    The condition of the road negates the delivery of a container, until the road is fixed to a better condition getting much of anything delivered is unlikely. And really while they are useful, the prices for them sadly aren't as economic as one would think. I did look into them for a bit but found the prices rather higher than I would wish to pay for one. While there are occasional good deals, the general prices in my area just aren't worth it.

    So for me I will likely just build a structure to house the gear. A small addition to the house I build will house my solar and wind set up. Until I get the house built though I will likely be setting up a more temporary set up. Something semi portable that I can use until I have a more long term structure ready.
     
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