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This Land Is Our Land!

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We’re happy to report that we closed on our purchase of 10.43 acres in Hanover County! This is the third piece of property that we had under contract and the first we’ve taken all the way to closing.

The land is almost all cleared and rolls gently. It is ringed with mature trees all around and is bordered by a stream on one side.

The previous owner had it logged a number of years ago, but the stumps still remain, as do about three acres worth of saplings.

We will be removing the stumps and saplings and turning the property into pasture land for future animals.

I’ll report back on the clearing – we are looking at two entirely different methods of doing this.


On Hold

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We spoke to the owners of the adjacent land last Sunday.

Their meeting with their attorney is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29.

As of this writing, we have not heard anything from the seller’s agent about the resuslts of the meeting.

In the meantime, the online search for alternative property will resume.

Update: May 22 – the owners of the lot we are trying to buy received a notice from the lawyer of the owner of the adjoining lot giving notice that they intend to dispute the use of a certain portion of the road which, according to documents filed in 1993 when the lots were established, is to be shared – in whole – by both lots. This comes on the heels by an offer of the owner of the adjoining lot to build, at his expense, a road that would parallel a portion of the shared road into “our” property. We’re assuming he abandoned that plan after finding out just how expensive it would be to do – we’re talking building on a steep dropoff populated by a stream.

Update: June 6 – We are no longer waiting for this issue to resolve. We purchased a 2.5 acre plot in Powhatan County on June 5. While not as “roomy” as the Louisa property, this parcel has plenty of charm.

It is half wooded and half pasture. The wooded half backs up to a neighboring pond. It is on the wooded half where we will build the house. I plan to have some pictures of the lot posted soon.


Land Ho – or Land, No?

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Friday and Saturday found us out on the land on which we plan to build our house.

The reason of the visits was to get an estimate on putting in a driveway from the boundary of the land to the site on which the house will sit. The driveway length will be 600+ feet.

As of this writing, we are waiting for the written estimates to come in. We expect the cost to be in the mid- to high-four-figure range.

However – things could get ugly.

As we were beginning to walk the driveway path with our last contractor of the day, our neighbor came over to see what was going on.

Our neighbor’s land essentially sits between our land and the main road. We both have a fifty-foot easement at the road to access our respective properties.

In 1993, when these parcels were recorded with the county, a driveway (referred to as a “road” in the covenants) existed from the main road into our neighbor’s property; our parcel had no such “road”.

The covenants stated that the road was to service both our and our neighbor’s property, and the cost of maintenance would be shared by both parties.

It seems like our neighbor has a different understanding on just how much “road” is to be shared.

As shown on the plat map that was recorded with Louisa County in 1999, and as stated in the MLS listing for the lot, the shared road runs from the main road to the body of our property. The seller’s real estate agent and, as far as we know, the sellers believe that the road is to be shared all the way to our property at which point, a separate driveway will be build to the home site.

Our neighbor believes, and was told by the agent through which he bought the property, that the shared portion of the road is very limited and our driveway would have to be cut into our parcel at a distance much farther up-road – so much farther that a ballpark estimate would ad 20k-30k to the cost that we had already planned for. A creek and steep drop-offs, plus the length, will contribute to that increased cost.

Our neighbor has not shown any eager willingness to grant us an exception (understandably), so the issue is unresolved. The sellers and their agent are in the process of finding a remedy. Until then, we have put the design process with Topsider on hold.

The parcel is ideal for us and we remain hopeful that something can be worked out without costing us any more than what we have budgeted for.

Stay tuned.