Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Farm Tour: Plainfield Horse Farm
I got back on the house-hunting horse again today! (pun intended...even though I know it's horrible!)
Scheduling house tours around the holidays has been a little bit of a nightmare. I had two tours planned for after work this afternoon, and neither of them worked out. At the last minute my real-estate agent was able to make an appointment at another property that was on my list: a small horse farm in Plainfield.
The farm can best be described as "okay"
I know that's not the most useful adjective, but I really can't think of another word for it. Here is the quick breakdown:
Location: 45 minutes from my folks (which is further than I had hoped), but right off 395, which is pretty convenient
Land: 16 acres, half-cleared and half-wooded (an ideal size), but poorly designed and VERY wet. Apart from a nice pond for swimming, there were 4 springs and several small brooks running downhill through the property. Most of the land was pretty soggy, which made me a little concerned. The horses also took quite a toll on the three pastures closest to the house. The other big downside is that there is also no buffer between the 6 neighboring houses, all previously owned by the farm owner's family and all very close to the property.
House: A raised ranch with a built-in apartment. Some good updates (like a new roof), but overall a really bizarre design and lots of out-of-date features. I didn't really care for anything about it (other than the large farmhouse sink!), but could see that with some TLC it could be "okay." There was a garage and a "barn" but neither were in very good condition.
I think that with a little more effort on my part, I could like this farm. It is listed at 249K, and the owners are desperate to move somewhere warm. For now, I have a couple of other properties that I'm looking forward to seeing before I make any decisions.
I'm starting to get excited about farm searching again. My dream farm is out there somewhere!
Posted by Two Blue Boots at Wednesday, December 28, 2011