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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Buying Land in Alabama

In the last installment of Buying Rural Property in Alabama, I talked about several methods to create a pool of properties to consider. In this article we’ll explore the question that will determine your next step.

Is the property worth visiting?

In order to determine if a property is worth seeing, we need to know what our benchmarks for good land are. First, there are a number of criteria that should be considered for any rural property in Alabama:

Acreage – How much land do you need? Until you’ve walked some land, this one will be hard to nail down. When we started out, I thought I wanted 40 acres. The first time I walked a 20 acre plot, I realized just how big 40 acres is. Maintaining a large property requires a lot of time and hard work. With a little planning and the right piece of land, you can raise all the food your family eats on 3-5 acres.  It didn’t take long before I decided that 10-15 acres might be a better fit for our needs.

Anticipated Use –  What will you do on the land? You want to keep your options open with this one, however there are probably some things you can take off of the list with a little thought. While I was interested in some types of livestock, I was pretty sure I didn’t want to graze cattle or horses.  At the most I wanted a half-acre for a garden, 3-5 acres to cultivate into a food forest orchard, 2-4 acres to develop into paddocks for small numbers of  chickens, goats or pigs, and I really wanted a 1-2 acre pond if possible. Continue Reading…

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Buying Land in Alabama

This land is sold.

My wife and I recently became landowners. After several years of searching for the ideal piece of property, we found sixteen acres in Ashville, Alabama. It was the perfect balance of features,  location, price and potential. Getting to this point was not an easy road. We began as complete amateurs with no clear vision of what we wanted, and no idea of what our needs really were. The process was quite an education.

As we begin the next phase of our lives shaping our little patch of heaven into something useful, I thought it might be helpful to share some of what we learned along the way. We are not farmers or real estate developers. We’re not hippies or eco-warriors.  We’re just a family of four in Alabama who was bitten by the bug to own land and build something meaningful and lasting. Continue Reading…