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Tanaman, Other/Just Looking in Ithaca, NY

I live in a very developed part of NJ and I'm very ignorant of what one would need to contend with - moving into a more rural setting. ie gas,

Asked by Tanaman, Ithaca, NY Wed Apr 21, 2010

electric, water, septic and very important high speed internet. I love Ithaca and am thinking of purchasing land big enough for future building of home AND large space for vegetable garden for family consumption. I'm thinking maybe 3 acres in total. I don't know where to begin to get the information I need. Any insight would be welcomed by me.

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Well, first you don't want to watch any movies about city dwellers moving to rural settings:

The Money Pit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091541/
Funny Farm http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095188/
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040613/
The Egg and I http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040613/

It's not as bad as all that, of course. But there are a variety of changes. It's often more a sense of the lack of urbanization/development around you than it is actual stuff. Though--depending on what you'll have--there are things like making sure the well doesn't freeze up when it's cold, or dealing with a septic system, or knowing that you could be without electricity for days, not just minutes or an hour or so.

Ithaca's a really nice place. I went to school there for a few years, though that was a long time ago. Recognize that the spring and summer are particularly nice, but the winters can be brutal.

If there's a way, try country living for a while. See if it's what you really want. Maybe rent a place up there for a while.

Also, obviously, talk to some Realtors who are active in the Ithaca area. I'd expect a number of them have helped people like you make a decision on whether a more rural environment would work for them.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
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Living in a home in a rural setting need not be an issue for having most conveniences. Electric is widely available (unless you chose specifically to live "off the grid" ) and propane or oil may be choices for heating, etc. High speed internet is also available in many rural areas. If you would like to contact me to provide some possible listings of interest, simply email me at msnow@IthacaAreaHomes.com or call 607 745-5925. I'll be happy to help you with all aspects of your relocation. You can also follow me on Facebook.com/IthacaAreaHomes for up to the minute real estate information. I look forward to the possibility of you joining our community!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 22, 2010
Ithaca is a mecca in the dessert. You have everything here including the cultural events, but all in a wonderful environment. Not too many trade-offs for quality of life here. As someone who traded in NYC for the Ithaca country life, I can answer all of your questions, and direct you to the proper resources to assist you in your choice. Call me at 607-342-3749.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010
One or two acres may be plenty. a garden that is one tenth of an acre can be a lot to keep up with. Feel free to contact me. Brian@IthacaBroker.Com You will want to decide how far you want to commute daily. Where you will work, if you need to work. Do you want to see neighbors? Or not see neighbors? Spend over 200k? or under? The average home here is 180. You may not have gas. You may have propane. Or fuel oil. Consider those options. If you must have gas, you maty be close enough to have other muni services, such as water, and sewer. one factor for the land will be whether it is open or wooded.Many parcels here that have more than a few acres are partially wooded. and some are steep.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 5, 2010
Typically, one needs an A&D loan to buy and develop some land. You'll need to put together a good team too.
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