The pandemic and shortages it brought pushed us over the edge. My wife and I decided it was time to build or buy.
We love Dove Ranch and would have loved to build there, but after we saw the vandalism and ridiculous thefts that occurred there, we decided we needed to live somewhere with enough neighbors to look out for each other. I still have plans to improve Dove Ranch and use it for recreation, but not building a house.
That led us to question what is the ideal location. We searched all through 2020 and part of 2021, and almost bought a place in Stone, Idaho. That place had too many problems with it, so we expanded our search and landed in central Idaho.
I’ve been dreaming of buying my own chunk of dirt for almost 20 years. You’d think that growing up in a rural community I’d be thinking, “Hey! Why don’t I start a farm?” But really, I just wanted somewhere to stretch out and have a few apple trees.
Originally, I was thinking of buying a piece of land back in my home state of New York. I watched real estate there in the mid 1990’s. I found several multi-acre chunks of land for very reasonable prices. I fantasized about purchasing one, then I watched land prices inflate beyond my ability to purchase more than a small bit of an acre.