The Christmas season is underway and (I’m sure like many other families) life is hectic. Although things are hectic, it is exciting to prepare for Christmas happenings and begin dreaming about the New Year!
Speaking of dreams…
As many of you know, my husband Josh and I bought a place in the country and built our new home this past year. I hear from so many friends and clients, “we would love to do the same”, or “we want to raise our children in the country”.
This sparked an idea that brought about my new series, “The Road from City to Country”.
I have laid out this three part series that will cover the stages of progress down the road from owning a city house to moving to a country house. First we’ll cover the real estate aspect, then the finance aspect, and finally, the option to rehab or rebuild. I will be diving in-depth into each of these topics here on the blog Dwell on Nat and social media.
I hope to inspire you that the American Dream of owning your own property is indeed possible. Even on a small budget, and with a little bit of faith, you can live in the country. There is a lot to be said about growing up and living in the country. The pride and hard work that comes with it is so worth it.
I am keeping a close eye on many available ranchettes here in the valley and I will pass them along to you as they come up.
To begin, what would be on your wish list? You are definitely going to have to prioritize your wish list when it comes to country properties. Unless you have a huge budget or NO budget at all (which is not the reality for many of us), compromise and elbow grease will be required.
My list of musts included acreage, a good location, trees, and a barn. I knew we were on a tight budget so I had to look past the house and focus on those four things. I had to ignore the faults of the property and create my own plan that would turn it into my dream location.
My challenge to you is to work on that wish list! Figure out what would be your musts for a country property. With those in mind, we can start to identify properties that fit the bill!