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April 9th, 2006
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I live 15 minutes from civilization now

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Date:April 10th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)


Well, you know I'm here if you wanna sell that thing or buy something else! :)

If you wanted to move a bit closer to where the DSL is, and yet maintain your own personal wild-space, I'd love to show you some of the hillside property in Morgan Hill. Undeveloped of course, but that lets you build a nice, small 21st century farm. Horses in the stables, each viewable by web cam! =)
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Date:April 10th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Heh!

My mares foal out at Once Over Farm (13905 Watsonville Rd., Morgan Hill), so I'm familiar with the area. I defy you to find me a property equivalent to what I have for anything close to the same price.

(Sorry, that shouldn't be read as a serious challenge, because I am not serious about moving and don't want you to waste a lot of time on it, but if you can turn up a 3/1 on 5 fenced acres in Morgan Hill for less than a million I will order a nice hat-shaped cake from Prolific Oven and invite you to help me eat it. :-)
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Date:April 10th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)

oh and

Ag zoning, > 15 minutes from the Starbuck's in Morgan Hill. :-)
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Date:April 11th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)


Yay, now I have something to do tonight! =)
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Date:April 11th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Woo!

NB, something you may already know -- I've read that it's very difficult to sell horse property for anything approaching the cost of building it out, eg, one takes a loss building barns and fencing. Better to find it already built if you can.
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Date:April 11th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)

Here we go!

OK, well, the first one I found (900K) was 2900 square feet worth of homes on 9 acres of a hillside lot, none of them permitted. No matter HOW loose Morgan Hill is with Hillside lots, I'm thinking that's one to avoid. =)

So we go route 2, raw land with pads. And wouldn't you know! (Zoning AW = Agricultural / Watershed)

Morgan Hill
Cross Street: none
Morgan Hill / Gilroy / San Martin
Santa Clara County 95037

LP: $595,000


Class 05: Residential Lots & Lands
Lot Size: 20.5AC
Zoning: *AW

"Beautiful parcel on the top of the mountain. Many building pads, views of Anderson lake, Holiday lake, City of Morgan Hill and more...Only 15 minutes from town. Build your dream estate here!! On a good day, you can see... Prop has been surveyed and staked- call with questions- Sign on Prop."

Google puts this 8 minutes from Starbucks. :)


You have 400K to buy a prefab (Nice 3 bed 2 bath Champion prefab, about 2200 square feet, maybe 200K), get your wiring and sewer run (You're so close to town, maybe even DSL or Comcast!), and build yourself a barn!

Oh they laughed, they said it couldn't be done, etc, etc. :)

But you don't owe me cake yet, because I have no idea what special restrictions Morgan Hill puts on Watersheds. I actually think someone could do all of the above, but you should research if curious.
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Date:April 12th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)

Re: Here we go!

I don't know first-hand either, but I'll tell you a story. The owner of the above-mentioned Once Over Farm is a developer [story deleted about how even he failed to overcome the county's rather dumb development plan for that parcel]. In any case, he is very VERY careful to refer to the water running through that property as a drainage ditch. ;-)

Water quality vs. agricultural uses (manure and urine from animals) is a growing controversy in some parts of the US. I don't know about CA specifically.
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