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Excuse my rant but I'm ready to move back to the country . I know the country life has it's problems, deer eat you garden, no city services, your have to do your own road repair and your have to drive a longer distance to get to the market.
Maybe It's because spring is around the corner or those wonderful tree lined green hills I see off in a close by hills. I know lots of folks would love the small town atmosphere in a town like mine and many have said they would love having my shop, but I'm so ready for the country life again. If any of you know someone that wants a little house in the very mild climate of southern Oregon let me know. I might even include my major tools in my woodworking shop. I think it's price should be in the $ 165,000 range.
On the other hand if my fellow Oregon LJers know of some small Oregon acreage please send me a PM.
It would have to be in the low end of the price range under $130,000 . A fixer upper or just land would work as long as it's a private setting away from highways ,factories, and any potential noise makers.
Please forgive the ramblings.

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Jim, I know what you mean. I live on a 1 acre plot, big for a city, but long for the country life, again. I had it once…...9 acres, two barns, 1855 farm house, tractor with all the attachments, etc. I would like that again some day.
 

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sounds like a plan to me .

do you really think you are ready to take a nap when you feel like it ,
or go fishing at dawn ,
or sit out under the stars and marvel at the universe ,
or drink your morning coffee out on the deck and watch nature wake up with you ,
or do a half days work , and know it's good enough ,
and help the wife grow her own vegetables ,
and enjoy her happiness when she cooks them ?

can you do all of this ,
and less ?

or do you need a golf course in the back yard ,
and tasseled shoes ?

i got an old lamp on the front porch ,
you can have ,
i used it to find my way to my place 10 years ago ,
it still works ,
just have to rub it once in a while
 

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Jim,
We have about 5 acres but find even at 9,400 ft elevation near the Continental Divide where we are, the only quiet comes in a blizzard with sub-zero temperatures and 90 mph winds. The city people take over our area with their ATV's. dirt bikes, snowmobiles and other assorted 4 wheel drive vehicles weekdays and weekends. They believe everything is National Forest and fair game to tear through and tear up as you play making roads and trails where they have never been. They shoot up the trees near us for hours. They are blind to no trespassing signs. Imagine how they would scream if we did that or camped in their backyard.

Hope you can actually find a quiet spot but don't believe it if someone tells you its quiet. Park your car on weekends and during the week in the area near the property you want to buy and see if it is really true. Those quiet spots in rural areas are much harder to find these days.

Your price would be a steal in the Colorado Rockies. Here you might get a falling down 500 sq ft cabin on an acre or less and no septic or well for $130,000. Oregon properties must be a bargain.
 

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Jim, I am totally sympathetic with your desire to live in the country. Trouble is that "civilization" ultimately will find you, sad to say. Twenty years ago my wife and I bought property out in the "country" and built a house. It was a delightful setting for many years, with wildlife, birds, stars, trees, quiet, and peace. Now that has changed and there was nothing we could do about it. Currently we enjoy a dog racing track nearby, a neighbor with an obnoxious dog that will not stay off our property, housing developments springing up all around us, the threat of a casino in the neighborhood, a suddenly wealthy couple adjacent to us who seem to get their kicks from playing very loud church type bells in the steeple they built, annexation threats from an overly aggressive small town nearby, and the list goes on. So if you find a country property, make sure it is a long, long way from "civilization", otherwise you may be right back where you started before you can turn on a router.
 

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Jim, I know what you mean too. I still live where I've always lived, just no longer country. 60 years ago our road was a small gravel road with grass growing down the middle. Now it's a wide black top that connects to a state hiway.The 300 acre farm across the road is now housing. The 1700 acre farm down the road has a shopping center 1200 homes, and a golf course. Down the road the other way is a large strip mall. The up side is we now have Lowes hardware 2 miles from home. I still have 10 acres left of our farm. But for you I would sell the cottage, the 40×60 barn and 2 acres. The bad news is you would have to live in Indiana.
 

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I use to live on 13 acres in a park like setting 10 years ago. I know there can be noise in the country also.
Hey Rob you never know , right now I still plan on working in my construction business if I stay in Oregon.
But thanks for the kind thought.
David keep a light on for me LOL But I don't about the golf course I shoot about a 67 and that's on one hole.
And for the others that want it also I hope we can all get what we want.
 

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Mike That sounds great except the Indiana part. I grew up in Illinois and remember those winters. The
Thing about southern Oregon is it rarely snows and if it does it's once or twice a year an is usually under an inch and the temperature hardly ever gets below 32 degrees .
You never know I might be knocking on your door if something in Oregon doesn't pop.
 

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I know what you mean. Did that 3 years ago myself. Didn't quite get far enough from a highway, but love it just the same. Now if I want to visit with a neighbor, I have to walk a bit, instead of just taking two steps to the right or left.

Nothing like a little elbow room!
 

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I live on about 6 acres in the city limits on the back side of a hill facing the Kansas River. When I say "in the city limits," you have to understand that there are about 750 souls in my hometown, and it is about 10 square miles of city limits! So far, so rural, so good!

The deer aren't that bad! You just have to plant stuff around the garden that they don't like!

BTW… Abbott: I used to live in Sisters not far from Squaw Creek back in the mid 70's. Last time I was in eastern Oregon, I didn't recognize it! My other little home town done got all civilized!

Rowdy: Kechi is getting closer and closer to Wichita! Is the dog track still open? I thought they were closed down!
 

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BTW… Abbott: I used to live in Sisters not far from Squaw Creek back in the mid 70's. Last time I was in eastern Oregon, I didn't recognize it! My other little home town done got all civilized!

Yeah, Sisters is pretty fancy these days. It sure is a beautiful place!
 

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I tell my wife that one day we are going to live so far down a dirt road that you can't even pick up satellite TV. She says that's fine as long as we cqn get to a big box department store and a hospital. I may have to compromise.
 

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BTW, that looks like a great place! Jim, you best grab it.
I live in CA but hell, you'd never know it when you are at my place. Pop. 400+ more horses than people.. Pretty quiet except for a neighbor that has roosters… There are them sounds in the country.
As far as you guys in Colo. or living near Nat'l forests, that's what they make fences and shotguns for… ;0)
 

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spent my life on a farm and moved to 1100 pop town bout ten years ago and am ready for the country again. Bout insane here but job may make country living a bit difficult but willing to change occupation like I have several other times.
My youngest asked a few years ago how far out I wanted to live…. I told him far enough that I can pee in the front yard and only mom gets mad.
Feelin for ya
 
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