We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The first place is a c. 1850 hill farm with 65 acres (photo on right), so it would work for horses or cattle with plenty of room for a shooting range too. It's a restored 2300 sq.' Cape farmhouse with barn and outbuildings. As a farmer at heart, I'd check out the barns first. They are asking 1.1 million. Details here.
Second is the c. 1791 Cape farmhouse (photo below), also completely restored with additions bringing it up to a generous 7600 sq.'. I think they did a good job expanding the living space without altering the humble appearance of the old farmhouse. Those metal roofs aren't charming, or in keeping with the style, but they are practical as heck in snow country - and they last forever. It's on a paltry 12 acres with ponds and stream. Too little land for cattle, but I'd guess there's some good turkey hunting there. They are asking only 3.9 million. Details here. (Prop. taxes a hefty $35,000)
Since I already have a fine New England farm, if I had a few million burning a hole in my pocket I think I'd consider picking up a pied a terre in NYC just about now, or later in the Spring when prices will drop even further. Trouble is, with boats it's not the price - it's the maintenance, and with houses it's the property taxes (plus the maintenance).
Thank you for so generously sharing this top tip. I was so excited that I immediately contacted my bank: I'm just 1,099,000 USD short, but I am hoping to be able to raise the rest of the cash before someone else snaps up this once-in-a-lifetime real-estate opportunity.
What can you tell me about W. VA. Land/farms there seems real cheap. Is there political system as dirty as their neighbors to the north and east?
Incidentally, Barnard, VT the punter's old hometown, is also on the map as the location of Vermont's record residential sale: A little pad on 232 acres sold for $18 mill in 2008. This sale surpassed the previous Vermont record by an astounding $10 million. Could be the last gasp of irrational exuberance? The property also had an interesting and highly controversial owner who won a civil rights lawsuit against the local zoning board. Disgusting. Even more disgusting is the fact that this most unneighborly chap made it out of town with $18 mill but the good news for the locals is that the new owners are reported to be below-the-radar types seeking retreat.