I spent today driving around to see 3 properties. I did not buy any of them.
1. The Balancing Act
MLS #978652 122 JIM HOLLOW RD, Woodbury, TN
15 ACRES, SECLUDED LOCATION, OVERLOOKING FARM LAND IN WOODBURY, TN. HOME HAS GOOD POTENTIAL AND NEEDS UPDATES AND REPAIRS, BUT WOULD MAKE UNIQUE HOME FOR WEEKENDS OR VACATIONS.
List price: $35,500
You see how the house looks like someone stacked a log cabin on top of a shack? Well, it was just that. Now I understand why some counties have building codes. This place was not well engineered. I think it would make a great set for a reality show.
2. I saw it up close.
Mountain-Top Retreat. 15 acres of woods and open homesite with mountain stream. Great secluded property with electricity and water. Perfect location for that mountain home.
This place was up on a mountain in a farming community. What was not mentioned in the real estate ads is that is also a logging and sawing community. The property was located 50 feet from a major sawmill operation with loud saws and heavy trucks. Sad. Drive on.
3. Bring rope
MLS #976259 0 SUGARTREE SPRINGS RD, BELVIDERE, TN
BEAUTIFUL ACREAGE IN THE COUNTRY W/NICE MIX OF TREES & OPEN. LOTS OF ROAD FRONTAGE. GREAT BLDG SITES. BARN, EQUIP SHED, POND, WET WEATHER SPRING & CREEK. PUBLIC WATER & ELECTRIC AVAIL. NEAR TIMS FORD.
List price: $70,900
Many of the properties I have seen look great in the pictures, or at least show some promise. But when you get to the site, you find that the land climbs steeply up behind whatever is in the picture. This place was no exception. While land like this might work OK if you are raising mountain goats, it will not work for me. Drive home.
Today it was confirmed: Tennessee is a beautiful place, especially when the trees are in their full technicolor glory.