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Buying land in colorado- advice needed please :)
Colorado Roots
post Dec 28 2017, 06:19 PM
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I have always wanted to homestead in the mountians.

I have slowly been moving farther and farther out into the woods and i now live in the "sticks" on the coosa river near the alabama/ga state line and LOVE it.


I am looking for opinions of areas that are pretty lax on building codes or requirements...

I want as little govt interference as possible.

If i want to build a teepee, or build a new home addition, i dont want the county knocking on my door...etc

What areas can i gem hunt/ prospect and still live "free"?


I have found +/- 40ac tracts for +/- 100k here and there... and of course before I settle down to buy I will have to do my due diligence on County codes Etc but in your opinion where would you buy? Where is the areas for the best deal?

I don't necessarily have to be close to town.


My wife is a registered nurse and it would be nice to find an area with a hospital or similar office where she can work as an RN within a reasonable travel distance, or even a hospice care center or doing "home health".


Advice? Tips? Things to look for? Things to watch out for?

(I know water is a big one)


It would be nice to find a chuck of land that I could leisurely do some digging around on or just panning with the youngin on the off days without having to travel to a claim or public lands...


Thank you so much for your time!


Josh
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post Dec 28 2017, 06:28 PM
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Sauguache, Gunnison and Chaffee counties are all pretty laxed on most things like outhouses and gun laws, things like that. They are all different between the Denver area and the mountains but generally the more populated, the more they want to control that stuff.
Some counties have very strict codes like the boulder area.


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post Dec 28 2017, 06:31 PM
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QUOTE (johnnybravo300 @ Dec 28 2017, 07:28 PM) *
Sauguache, Gunnison and Chaffee counties are all pretty laxed on most things like outhouses and gun laws, things like that. They are all different between the Denver area and the mountains but generally the more populated, the more they want to control that stuff.
Some counties have very strict codes like the boulder area.





Awesome! I was actually looking in chaffee county!!!


Thank you so much :)


Trust me I want to stay away from Boulder, Aspen etc etc smiley-laughing021.gif

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post Dec 28 2017, 06:50 PM
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I have looked at alot of mountain land and noticed that there are alot of "communities" that are basically mountain neighborhoods that have a HOA, I know for me that's a big time deal breaker. They other main Issues I have come across are utilities like you mentioned water, wells can be expensive if possible. For power solar would be ideal in many areas if you could get it set up to be off the grid. Another issue is year round access. Not only snow issues but just poorly maintained road in general, some properties can take a half hour to get a few miles just to hit pavement.
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post Dec 28 2017, 07:25 PM
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Thank you.


This is exactly why I haven't bought Mountain Land in Georgia. I had the opportunity present itself on a horse trade/barter deal and come to find out you couldn't even camp on the land at all....have a fire... clear more than 500 square feet at a time without a permit (just disturbing the ground), put in a driveway or access, park an rv... I mean the amount of rules and Covenants and fine print were thicker then buying my last vehicle!

No wonder all of those "communities" are so sparsely developed in NE ga and constantly going into foreclosure or tax sales. SMDH
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post Dec 28 2017, 10:39 PM
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Yeah it's pretty ridiculous how you can buy a piece of land but someone else can tell you what to do with it. Another thing to lookout for when looking at property is the usability of it, Realtors are really good at taking pictures to make you think what they want you too, I have driven out to a couple properties I liked, just to get there and realize that there is a 30x60 flat area with the rest being steep hillside, or neighbours close on each side when it looked wide open, or backing right up to a major highway.
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post Dec 29 2017, 12:47 AM
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We live 2 miles off the plowed road and snowmobile during the winter. We have solar and a well and off grid is good here and can make it much more affordable depending on how you do it.
We are looking for more remote land maybe up by Taylor park, lake City area, creede, South fork del Norte valley area. There's so much nice property around we've looked at but it needs to be perfect haha.
I wouldn't mind snowmobiling another 5 miles further and getting out a little more.
Real estate is in a huge bubble here right now and prices are through the roof so you might wait until the next crash, should be much more realistic after a big reset. That's what we're doing at least.
I'm not trying to be political, just being hypothetical.


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post Dec 29 2017, 12:59 AM
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I've heard of hoa's putting leins on people's houses and other horror stories so I'd be careful with that. Unless you are totally into the whole conformity thing and being ruled like a monarchy it can be tough. Some people prefer that and others are turned off haha. I know I couldn't make it work for long before I'd be in trouble.


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