Back to Plan 3

 

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  • Plan 1 (the day we closed on the property)
    • Move in 10 years, when Pops is ready to retire.
    • Sell the house in the city and use the profit to build a one bedroom condo with a large garage to live in while we build the main house.

  • Plan 2 (a few weeks later)
    • Move in 5 years, when the Girl is finished with university.
    • Sell the house in the city and use the profit to build a one bedroom condo with a large garage to live in while we build the main house.

  • Plan 3 (a few weeks later)
    • Move in 2 years, when the Girl is finished with community college and she can transfer to university near the property.
    • Get a loan to build the one bedroom condo with large garage.  Sell the house in the city, move to the condo and begin building the main house.

  • Plan 4 (11 months after purchasing the property)
    • Move in 18 month (same time frame as Plan 3).
    • Sell the house in the city, move into a travel trailer on the property and begin building the house.
    • Garage to be built either at the same time as house or after.
    • Condo to be built as an addition to the garage at a later date.

  • Back to Plan 3 (a few days after deciding on Plan 4)
    • Lesson to be learned, sit on an idea at least a week before blogging about it.

From the Suburbs to the Country

FROM THE SUBURBS TO THE COUNTRY

These suburban farmers are movin’ to the country!

In about two years.

What??

Why so long??

When we first bought the property, we planned to move up when Fred retires in ten years, so two years isn’t so bad.  A few weeks after we closed escrow we realized it’s ridiculous to put our dreams on hold when there are jobs within an hour of the property.  Granted Fred will lose a good chunk of his income compared with what he earns in Los Angeles, but the cost of living here is i-n-s-a-n-e.  We did some research,  put together a budget, and figure out we’ll still be ahead even with the cut in pay, so we’re outta here. (My administrative assistant income won’t change much, if at all. WTH?)

The reason for two years (we’re aiming for 18 months) really comes down to how long it takes to build a house when you live out of state.  Thankfully we’ve remodeled a home and added an addition to our house in So Cal so we have an idea of what’s involved, there are many aspects to building a new home that we don’t know about.  How do you build on virgin, hilly land in a very wet climate that needs septic, electric, water, a driveway…?

Join us on our journey from suburban Los Angeles to the countryside near Salem, Oregon.

Lisa

Maple Creek Farm PNW

2018

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