Sunday, July 5, 2009

Back to the horse property search

Since I've been feeling rather disgruntled about boarding recently, I started searching for horse property in earnest once again. Yesterday I found a listing for an interesting property online, and we drove by to scope it out.

It's a little over 2/3 of an acre, a long narrow property with the house in the front and a four-stall barn and a tractor barn (read: plenty of hay storage) at the back of the property, well away from the street. On Google's satellite map, it looks as though the corral is fenced off separately from the barn.

The house would be an upgrade for us too, as it has more bedrooms, more square footage, and a garage. It was built nearly 70 years ago, and the listing lists it as a "fix up," which probably means it hasn't really been updated. That's fine with us, though, as the 1920 bungalow we live in now has only the necessary updates — nothing fancy. That's the way we like it.

Here's a screen capture of Google's satellite map of the property. I drew the boxes around the properties in Photoshop. The property we're looking at is outlined in red, and the neighbors (all three of them) are outlined in yellow. There is also apparently some acreage that backs up to them.

Horse property in Colorado

The advantages that I can see so far:

1) It's in town.
2) The house is an upgrade for us.
3) It's a pretty big lot for in-town horse property.
4) A planned new light rail route will run pretty close to it. Translation: easy access to public transit.
5) It's laid out well and already has a barn, hay storage, and adequate fencing (so we don't have to update any of that).
6) We can afford it! In fact, it's a ridiculously good price for in-town horse property — not much more than we paid for the non-horse property we're living at now. We'd save a ton of money on board that wouldn't be spent on a higher mortgage.

The disadvantages seem to be:

1) Michael would have to drive farther to and from work.
2) One of our neighbors would overlook the pasture, so there might not be a whole lot of privacy back there. We'll have to tour the property before we know for sure whether the fencing and the landscaping offers any privacy back there.
3) We don't know what the neighborhood is like, so if it's not very good this could be a significant disadvantage.

I'm really quite excited and hopeful about this property, but Michael (who would rather live in a trendy urban neighborhood than on horse property) is skeptical. Still, he's willing to go check it out, so we have an appointment to see the property this coming week. Wish us luck!



At July 5, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Blogger Irreverent Freelancer said...

Let me know how it goes and take lots of pictures.

At July 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Absolutely. Thanks for the reminder about pictures -- when we were looking for our current home, we definitely found that taking pictures helped because it gave us something concrete to look at later on, when we were making our decision.

At July 6, 2009 at 2:47 AM, Blogger susana said...

Hey good luck,hope all goes well and look fwd to the pics.


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