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Glenda Marks, Other/Just Looking in Charlotte, NC

Where should I start looking for a hobby farm near St. Louis?

Asked by Glenda Marks, Charlotte, NC Fri Sep 26, 2008

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Could you elaborate a little more about "HOBBY" farm. This would help me dtermine areas that may fall into your requirements. Also, what price arnge are you comfoatble with, what other requirements must you have?
The information that you can proivde wil help me narrow down and possibly eliminate areas that wouldn't interest you. Thanks for additional information, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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I can give you a brief overview here. Jefferson county, which is just South of St. Louis County provides some reasonable priced acreage with availabiliey of river and/or lake access. The downside is the land is very rocky as this is the ozarks, so obviously this limits farming productivity. The Missouri conservation department is very helpful in working with land owners if you would like to restore some land to its original plant and animal diversity if that is the type of hobby you are interested in. Feel free to call if you have questions or would like to see some examples of available property.
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What do you mean by "hobby"? The answer to this question is critical in order to determine the best area for you to demonstrate your hobby. The Saint Louis area is a diverse area when it comes to farm land. Having personal experieince with farming, I can provide you with input on several levels. Farming requires more time than some folks make available and we could begin our discussion with that. Call me!!
My business is centered Saint Louis County (Chesterfield) but I have properties that we could discuss that may meet your needs. These properties range from undeveloped acreage to working horse farms and range value from the low $200K to over $1M. Call me!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 27, 2008
There's not much farm land left in St Louis City or county or in St Charles county. I could probably find you an acre or two, but it would come with a pretty hefty price tag per sq ft. From experience looking for farms for others, I would look at Jefferson County (starting around Fenton or around High Ridge then branching out) or Lincoln County (around Troy). Those areas are growing up, are still within an easy driving distance of St Louis (and are considered part of our metro area) and have farm land. Which way to go, would depend on what your hobby's are. Jefferson county is more rugged terrain (horses, etc), while Lincoln is more floodplain and more crops.

I live and work in in the West County St Louis metro area and have a working farm in the Jefferson County area, so I understand the issues. It's about a 45 minute drive one way for me to go to the farm. I have had clients look at farms in both areas over the past few years. Some want to live on the farm, others want to live closer in (typically have other weekday jobs and farm on the weekends) and may or may not have a second home on the farm. Both types are available. We have everything from small farms with 2 acres of corn to small organic farms to wineries to huge farms that professional sports figures used for their hobby farms when they played sports here in St Louis on the market at the moment.
Web Reference: http://www.yourstlhome.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 26, 2008
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I'm not sure what you mean by a hobby farm? Are you trying to be a gentleman farmer where you grow produce and sell it at the farmers market? How much acreage are you thinking about and what do you intend to grow? Does it need to have a house or is the land more important? Will this be your primary residence or a second home? Also, would you consider moving away from St. Louis? The cost of land will be less if you move out. Would love to help you or send you to an agent that could but we might need a little more information. I'm actually in Columbia, Missouri (middle of the state) and there are some wonderful areas around here that might work for you as well. Drop me a line and I'll try to get some information to you that would be helpful.

Trisha Lee Broker/Agent
REMAX Boone Realty, Columbia, MO
TrishaLee@Remax.net (573) 999-1000
Web Reference: http://www.Talktotrisha.com
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