I was inspired by all the NaBloPoMo 2017 posts about Dream Barns to talk about our own horse property search. Sadly, the cost of owning property in Silicon Valley is insane. There are 2 bedroom + 1 bath ranch houses and condos selling for over 1 million dollars. We recently saw a 800 sq ft house posted for $900,000. Because of foreign investors, a lot of the houses go for all cash and no contingencies which prices out even people with tech jobs. In order to own horse property, we would either need to become multi-millionaires (I wish) or move really far away and spend at least 90 minutes EACH WAY commuting to work. As an example, this literally UNINHABITABLE 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom shack on 1 acre is for sale for only $500,000 and it’s only 30 minutes away from my husband’s office and 45 from mine. I’m actually kinda shocked it’s so cheap.
Where was I? Oh right, dream horse properties. Unless we win the lottery, in order to own a horse property and not spend every hour of our non-work time commuting, we’d need to move. So I present to you some properties in other states that we like. Today, let’s look at Vermont.
House #1: 50 Acres, Indoor Arena, Stone Barn, 2 houses, and a cheese factory for $779,000. The house was amazing, but we didn’t like the town it was near (depressed and run-down).
House #2: 54 acres with a gorgeous house, recently built barn, private trails and access to connecting trail system. Literally next door to a facility that hosts rated events and across the street from a ski hill for only $699,000. Sadly lacking an indoor and the only town within 45 minutes has only one store.
House #3: This next house was connected to the heated barn and heated indoor arena so you could ride without ever going outside during those horribly cold Vermont winters. There was also a covered bridge leading to an outdoor dressage court. This one was $800,000, but it only had 8 acres and the house had about 10 different major projects that had been started but not finished.
Which one would you pick? To be clear, we’re not moving and have not purchased any of these properties, but I though it would be fun to share.