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  •  To answer some of your questions... (23+ / 0-)

    much of the land I work on is owned by timber companies.  They have differing policies on allowing contractors, or the general public, to access their lands.  Many of them allow consultants to camp in the woods, knowing that eliminating travel time will result in more work getting done each day.

    I like to say that I get paid to walk in the woods.  It's not quite so simple, because I have to provide the client with useful information that they are willing to pay for (species composition, diameters, heights, volume per acre, etc.).  In decades past, timber companies had large numbers of employees who did such work.  Now they have few employees, and hire consultants for much of the field work.  That's where I come into the picture.

    Yeah, public campgrounds are quite expensive, and they can be noisy and busy.  Give me the backwoods any old day.

    As for buying a piece of land, prices will vary enormously depending on where it is, and whether utilities are readily available.

    •  What about a range for something with road access, (11+ / 0-)

      but not necessarily utilities?

      I used to live in Weston MA, a primo Boston suburb where a two acre buildable lot, perked, and ready to build started around $900,000.  

      I found forest type lots in eastern Mass for $20,000/acre without looking too hard.  

      But, my fantasy has been to find undeveloped campground type wilderness next to a national forest way less expensive than for camping and to explore sustainable living, solar energy, and have a playground, in the range measured in hundreds of dollars an acre.  

      When I was young my parents use to take us to these amazing redwood forests, like the Muir Woods and the Redwood National Forests.    

      I lost that home, and everything else due to a decade long probate battle with my ex-wife, combined depression, with some health events that led to bankruptcy.  So, I've been starting over.  Dropping from the top 1% to the bottom, and now bouncing around in between.

      Before, my ex SO and I broke up, she said she always wanted to live where you could see mountains like the Alps in the background, and I remembered Mount Shasta in northern CA.  Just on a lark, I looked up real estate values out there and was shocked to find that in the post-real estate bubble you could get a house with 10 acres just south of there, but within view for $250,000.  

      So, we had been planning to fly out there and look around since her daughter was just about to graduate from High School and neither one of us was tied to MA anymore.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 05:32:30 PM PDT

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      •  I am more familiar with land prices in Georgia, (7+ / 0-)

        and I could sell you some property cheap there, but it's not anything resembling wilderness.  

        Try real estate websites in the areas where you're interested in buying, and maybe contact a realtor when you're getting serious about making the investment.  Usually it's better to find an agent who lists land; those who specialize in houses might not be very helpful.

        Good luck finding what you're after, and good luck in making your way back towards the 1%.

      •  I would look into Idaho if you want (6+ / 0-)

        mountains and land and affordability.  I'd rather live around Flagstaff, AZ, myself, but I have no idea what the real estate market there is like.

        Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 06:30:16 PM PDT

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      •  We own a 3-acre parcel just outside Idaho City (2+ / 0-)
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        HoundDog, FarWestGirl

        which is 30-40 minutes east of Boise. It's an old mining town but has good amenities, i.e. good restaurants, stores, etc. And, a lot of historic buildings along Main Street.

        Our parcel is in a gated development of 3 to 5 acre parcels; about a third of them have been built on, the rest are still just vacant land.

        Our parcel borders National Forest land. It has telephone and electricity available along the road and has been perc tested and approved for septic. It has some really nice mountain views.

        The development has building/architectural restrictions so no prefab or mobile homes are allowed. Also has an active homeowners association.

        With the recession, parcels like ours are going for $25,000 to $30,000.  

        Kool-Aid, man, Kool-Aid's the stuff to drink ... For fellows whom it hurts to think. (with apologies to AE Housman)

        by wheeldog on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 08:32:05 AM PDT

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