This one-acre parcel has the most gorgeous trees. I just love it. The mobile home is very nice too. It's got a kitchen just like my mobile home did in Hays, Kansas, and I loved that kitchen. And it's only $19,500. Can't beat that. But it will still be a couple years before I have my house money saved up. Car first, which is happening in just a few months! Exciting, for sure. I feel like this blog is turning into my search for the perfect home, which is fine. I suppose after I find it, then I can devote my entries to photography, sightseeing and life.
This land and 1986 mobile home is near Houston, Missouri in Texas County, which puts it in the Ozarks region I like the most, south-central Missouri. It is 980 square feet with two bedrooms and one bath. It's on rural water and electric, so I've got all the amenities of home, but with all the beauty of the countryside. It's on a dead end road. Yearly taxes are only $54.57. Can't beat that either. Here's a photo. Click on the link to be taken to the realtor.
The property above is my favorite because those trees are just incredible, but the location is not ideal for me. A little too far north for my tastes. I prefer being further south. But you couldn't ask for a better setting.
I found another one closer to Mountain Grove, my preferred go-to town, as I call it, so that makes it extremely desirable. It is also a two-bedroom, which is all I need, and a newer one being a 1995. It's on two acres, so more land, plus there's a fireplace in the living room. Here's a photo of it and clicking the photo will take you to the realtor.
It's also in my favorite Missouri Ozarks county of Douglas and close to my favorite swimming hole, Bryant Creek. It's in a real pretty area. It is selling for $24,000. It has a well, so some utility savings there. I don't know the taxes on this one, but property taxes in the Ozarks are very low.
And one final one even further south in beautiful Ozark County near the very tiny town of Theodosia. Ozark County is right on the Arkansas stateline and is one of the most heavily forested and gorgeous counties in the Ozark Mountains. Also, two bedrooms, a 1973, but it's on two lots, so not as much land. It's priced at only $16,900 and is 1,260 square feet. It's got a nice deck. Here's what it looks like and the photo takes you to the realtor.
This one has the advantage of joining the government lake line, so it is protected forest, which makes up for that lack of acreage. And it is a mere three minutes to Theodosia Marina and Bull Shoals Lake. It is on rural water and sewer, and comes with furniture, all appliances, and a stand-alone wood burner. Taxes are $90 a year. All three mobile homes have CA/CH.
Something like one of these is what I'd like to find down the road when I've got my home money saved up. Good price, a little bit of land, all utilities and a nice mobile home. If I can find a cabin or a small house that is not in town, that would be great too, but cabins tend to run more money and houses tend to be in town. I don't want to spend a ton of money to live well because I'm not into being in debt for anything, so I will be buying a place outright.
Another option is that I could find land and buy it. Then find a mobile home and buy it and move it onto the land. I found a nice mobile home for only $5,500 in the area, so moving costs would be low. It'd sure be nice to have it already set up; less expensive, I'm sure, and much less of a hassle too. Otherwise, I'll have to be on rural water and electric, or pay to have a well drilled, a septic system put in and electric ran to the property. That can add up.
UPDATE: The first one with the idyllic setting has dropped from $19,500 to $17,500. The second one in Douglas County near Bryant Creek has dropped from $24,000 to only $16,000. Wow! That's quite a price drop. The third one is the same price and still on the market as of November 2010.