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adamis

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Posted: 05/08/21 12:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bit of a long story but felt like sharing our excitement...

We live in the SF Bay Area where the price of land is insanely expensive. I like to keep my truck and camper parked indoors but living in the suburbs, that isn't an option at home. Instead we keep it at an indoor garage up in San Jose. Kind of interesting actually as the garage is used for exotics like Ferrari's, Lamborghinis and Fort GTs and then of course my big old F350 7.3 with a truck camper!

Anyway... so we have been thinking about buying a fifth wheel for longer trips with our two teenagers and twin babies. The issue is that indoor storage for that in the bay area would be more than the monthly payment for the trailer itself. Not wanting to leave it outside in a lot subject to the elements, we started looking at options. I have family up in Redding and we believe that in 5 years, we will be headed their ourselves to raise our twin girls.

We started looking for some land to purchase and found something worth buying! It is 9 acres that has a seasonal creek and get this... a rock dam built in the 1850s! Behind the dam has completely filled in with sediment so it doesn't hold water. Might look into pulling permits to clear some of it out but given the age of the Dam, guessing the Army Corps of Engineers is going to prefer the sediment. I don't know for certain but I do have reason to believe there is a spring behind the dam (hence why it was built long ago) as there appears to be water that flows out the bottom of the dam even when everything else has dried up.There is a mix of oak and pine on it and it is off the main road so no road noise!

For the foreseeable future, it is just going to be a really expensive parking spot. The plan right now is to use it to park the sometime to be purchased 5th wheel (looking at Heritage Glenn 378FL). I will probably get some RV metal carport to keep it protected until we eventually build a barn / shop to hold the toys and a main house for living if current plans hold up.

Below are some pics of the place taken during the early Spring. Obviously it will be a lot drier in the summer as Redding is but that is okay.

Someday might even host a Truck Camper meetup event as a launching point for an Oregon coast tour or something. Would be fun to see some of you guys again in person!

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Posted: 05/08/21 12:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, phenomenal man!
Let me be the first to say congratulations!


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Is that around Manton? I used to deer hunt on leased propert outside of Shingletown back in the early 70's. Love that area!


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Looks like a great place. We're looking to move closer to kids/grandkids, (kid is a twin also) but the prices here are ridiculously high now with everybody trying to leave NYC, plus the price of lumber is just as crazy. We keep looking hoping the right place will pop-up. Hope your plan comes together for you and your family.

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Congratulations, good luck with it.


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Posted: 05/08/21 03:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think we all would like to come and camp on your spot! [emoticon] Nice find.


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Posted: 05/09/21 07:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m envious!


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Check all the laws before pulling the trigger.
My friends bought farmland in Yuba area, what looks very similar to what you picture.
They have pretty strong creek going via center of their property, but they are not allowed to draw water from it.
Than they spend what car cost for well drilling.
Most of California is also chasing RV and some jurisdictions also mobile homes, so they will not allow electricity hookup, till you start construction of stick structure.
On other hand, farmlands do have agriculture water supply.
For $300 a year (old price I remember), they have 2" pipe with no meter and water in it for 8 months a year. They build a pond supplied by agriculture water.
Also what might be good on long run is registering your vehicles in the country.
Much lower registration and insurance fees and possible no smogs.
I was considering same move in Las Vegas just for smog and registration issues, but finding land with water in the area proves to be impossible, when my house has lot of parking space.

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Posted: 05/09/21 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The very greatest most long lasting benefit to our family was our purchasing of land in the country. I could never find any drawbacks except for some hard work now and then which helps keep you strong as you age. Growing up in San Jose prompted us to acquire this goal at an early age. It has been wonderful and I thank God for it.

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Posted: 05/09/21 11:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:

Check all the laws before pulling the trigger.
My friends bought farmland in Yuba area, what looks very similar to what you picture.
They have pretty strong creek going via center of their property, but they are not allowed to draw water from it.
Than they spend what car cost for well drilling.
Most of California is also chasing RV and some jurisdictions also mobile homes, so they will not allow electricity hookup, till you start construction of stick structure.
On other hand, farmlands do have agriculture water supply.
For $300 a year (old price I remember), they have 2" pipe with no meter and water in it for 8 months a year. They build a pond supplied by agriculture water.
Also what might be good on long run is registering your vehicles in the country.
Much lower registration and insurance fees and possible no smogs.
I was considering same move in Las Vegas just for smog and registration issues, but finding land with water in the area proves to be impossible, when my house has lot of parking space.


It wasn't clear from the first post if the OP bought or is considering.

Definitely find out the zoning and related rules beforehand. It's very possible the property is all but unusable. Water features look nice but they increase the complications exponentially if they need to be touched and out west water rights are a huge deal.


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