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26930 24 AVE, Langley Homes for sale, MLS® R2873634

Beds: 4Baths: 5Built in 19735014 sqft

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Beds: 4Baths: 5Built in 19735014 sqft

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Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19721650 sqft

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Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19721650 sqft

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21749 MAXWEL CRESCENT, Langley Homes for sale, MLS® R2873155

Beds: 6Baths: 6Built in 19404118 sqft

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Beds: 6Baths: 6Built in 19404118 sqft

This beautiful flat 15 Acre property is fully grassed is on City Water...

$4,699,900

MLS®: R2873155 Century 21 Coastal Realty L...

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1360 COLLINS RD, Pemberton Homes for sale, MLS® R2873292

Beds: 3Baths: 4Built in 20034404 sqft

2 days ago

Beds: 3Baths: 4Built in 20034404 sqft

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$3,420,000

MLS®: R2873292 Engel & Volkers Whistle...

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Beds: 7Baths: 4Built in 19978335 sqft

3 days ago

Beds: 7Baths: 4Built in 19978335 sqft

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$11,888,888

MLS®: R2873212 eXp Realty (Branch)

3 days ago

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4312 CLAM BAY RD, Pender Island Homes for sale, MLS® R2873128

Beds: 2Bath: 1Built in 19711355 sqft

3 days ago

Beds: 2Bath: 1Built in 19711355 sqft

Rare 5.14-acre waterfront property offers privacy, 880 ft. of shoreline...

$2,590,000

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1305 STALKER RD, Pender Island Houses for sale, MLS® R2873088

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19221540 sqft

4 days ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19221540 sqft

Welcome to an 11.9-ac private oasis that blends heritage charm with modern...

$1,347,000

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630 DINNER BAY RD, Mayne Island Houses for sale, MLS® R2873036

Beds: 12Baths: 12Built in 198010954 sqft

5 days ago

Beds: 12Baths: 12Built in 198010954 sqft

Welcome to Oceanwood...A 10 acre Estate tucked away on a south facing...

$1,950,000

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26621 MOUNTAIN VALLEY WAY, Hope Houses for sale, MLS® R2867856

Beds: 5Built in 19862800 sqft

5 days ago

Beds: 5Built in 19862800 sqft

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to make your mark on a picturesque...

$950,000

MLS®: R2867856 RE/MAX Nyda Realty (Hope)

5 days ago

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34373 LAXTON AVE, Mission Home for sale, MLS® R2872686

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19501556 sqft

6 days ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19501556 sqft

Discover this exceptional 4.5-acre property boasting a charming country...

$1,495,000

MLS®: R2872686 Top Producers Realty Ltd.

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Spacious rancher with an expansive shop awaits in Stave Falls! This...

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150 192 STREET BC, Surrey, R2872537

Baths: 4Built in 99994318 sqft

6 days ago

Baths: 4Built in 99994318 sqft

5.65 Acres Upper Hazelmere Valley. Fabulous NON-ALR holding property with...

$10,000,000

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A charmingly renovated former schoolhouse boasting a spacious living room...

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Maple Ridge

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Welcome to your Whispering Falls dream home. This 9 year old custom built...

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$1,599,900
9356 ROSS RD, Mission Real Estate for sale, MLS® R2872365

Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 19923692 sqft

6 days ago

Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 19923692 sqft

Located in the most picturesque area of the Fraser Valley you will find...

$1,599,900

MLS®: R2872365 Royal LePage Preferred Real...

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6 days ago

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25039 8 AVE, Langley Homes for sale, MLS® R2872325

Beds: 6Baths: 5Built in 20104761 sqft

6 days ago

Beds: 6Baths: 5Built in 20104761 sqft

19.49 Acre Private Parklike / Multi Purpose Income Producing property...

$5,280,000

MLS®: R2872325 Royal LePage - Wolstencroft

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30373 DEWDNEY TRUNK RD, Mission Homes for sale, MLS® R2865924
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MLS®: R2865924 Royal LePage Little Oak Rea...

7 days ago

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17382 FORD DETOUR RD, Pitt Meadows Homes for sale, MLS® R2871996

Beds: 2Bath: 1Built in 19421326 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 2Bath: 1Built in 19421326 sqft

BEAUTIFUL piece of property to build your dream home onl Completely flat 2...

$2,380,000

MLS®: R2871996 Sunstar Realty Ltd.

1 week ago

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6070 CHADSEY RD, Sardis - Greendale Houses for sale, MLS® R2871884

Beds: 14Baths: 8Built in 19939108 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 14Baths: 8Built in 19939108 sqft

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$8,900,000

MLS®: R2871884 eXp Realty (Branch)

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3699 ELDRIDGE RD, Abbotsford Houses for sale, MLS® R2871789

Beds: 4Baths: 5Built in 20093473 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 4Baths: 5Built in 20093473 sqft

Exquisite property offering amazing experiences and opportunities! Custom...

$2,400,000

MLS®: R2871789 Lighthouse Realty Ltd.

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4491 BENCH RD, Chilliwack Real Estate for sale, MLS® R2871428

Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 20192683 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 20192683 sqft

Welcome home to one of Ryder Lake's largest properties with this custom...

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MLS®: R2871428 Century 21 Creekside Realty

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11068 156 ST, Surrey Homes for sale, MLS® R2871310

Beds: 4Baths: 2Built in 19812111 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 4Baths: 2Built in 19812111 sqft

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23447 DOGWOOD AVE, Maple Ridge Homes for sale, MLS® R2871495

Beds: 6Baths: 4Built in 20065285 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 6Baths: 4Built in 20065285 sqft

Custom built rancher with 3 car garage on 5 prime riverfront (200000 sqft)...

$3,598,000

MLS®: R2871495 Macdonald Realty

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3910 244 ST, Langley Real Estate for sale, MLS® R2871430

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19381087 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19381087 sqft

Excellent opportunity to own 2.48 acres just off the Fraser Hwy corridor,...

$2,888,800

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19430 SILVERHOPE RD, Hope Real Estate for sale, MLS® R2871259

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 20122452 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 20122452 sqft

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46574 CHILLIWACK LAKE RD, Chilliwack Homes for sale, MLS® R2870773

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 1960945 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 1960945 sqft

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Beds: 5Baths: 4Built in 19994776 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 5Baths: 4Built in 19994776 sqft

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$2,499,999

MLS®: R2870428 Stonehaus Realty Corp.

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Beds: 6Baths: 5Built in 19895089 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 6Baths: 5Built in 19895089 sqft

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$3,450,000

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Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19631314 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19631314 sqft

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Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 19861907 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 19861907 sqft

Welcome home! This beautiful 12.04 acre property with CITY WATER, truly...

$5,599,000

MLS®: R2870956 Sutton Group Seafair Realty

1 week ago

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Beds: 4Baths: 3Built in 20043418 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 4Baths: 3Built in 20043418 sqft

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41525 BOVINGTON RD, Mission Home for sale, MLS® R2870788

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 20061973 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 20061973 sqft

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$1,825,000

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Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19752757 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 2Built in 19752757 sqft

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Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 19922431 sqft

1 week ago

Beds: 3Baths: 3Built in 19922431 sqft

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When diving into the world of real estate, the term ‘house with acreage’ often pops up, but its meaning isn’t always clear-cut. Essentially, it refers to a residential property that comes with a significant amount of land – an appealing feature for those craving space and privacy.

This type of home offers not just room to build or garden but also potential for future development or agricultural use. Understanding what a house with acreage entails in real estate terms is crucial whether you’re in the market as a buyer looking for that perfect spacious retreat with a specific area in square feet or an investor aiming to maximize value.

Key Takeaways

  • A house with acreage refers to a residential property that includes a significant amount of land, offering privacy, space, and potential for various land uses.

  • Before purchasing acreage property, it’s crucial to consider factors such as location, land quality, and intended use to ensure it meets your needs and lifestyle.

  • Living on acreage provides benefits like a quieter environment, room for recreational activities, and opportunities for farming or raising animals, which can be highly appealing for those seeking a rural lifestyle.

  • Challenges such as increased maintenance, higher initial costs, and potential zoning restrictions must be weighed against the advantages of owning a larger property.

  • Understanding how to assess property value is vital; consider the land’s topography, usable space, and any additional features that may impact its worth and your investment.

  • Prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with zoning laws, environmental regulations, and infrastructure considerations to avoid legal complications and ensure the property can accommodate their plans.

Defining a House with Acreage

Minimum Acreage

A house with acreage, in real estate terms, generally refers to properties that have more land than your typical city lot, often measured in square feet. Urban lots usually range from 0.1 to 0.25 acres, but when we talk about acreage homes, the land size jumps significantly.

Properties are often considered ‘with acreage’ if they include at least one acre of land. However, this is not a strict rule and can vary based on local definitions, rural zoning laws, and real estate regulations regarding square feet per acre. Some regions may consider properties with half an acre as having significant land while others set higher benchmarks like five or ten acres.

Urban vs Rural

The distinction between urban lots and houses with acreage in the real estate market is stark.

  • Urban lots are smaller and found within cities or towns.

  • They focus on proximity to amenities like schools, shopping centers, and public transportation.

  • Houses with acreage lie outside dense population centers.

In contrast, real estate with acreage homes offers more square feet for homeowners who seek privacy or wish to engage in activities such as farming or keeping horses. The lifestyle associated with living on larger plots of land differs greatly from urban living due to its reduced noise levels and lower density of neighbors.

Typical Features

Houses situated on large parcels of land, often measured in acres, boast features you won’t find in the city center. Here’s what you might expect:

  • Extensive gardens or undeveloped spaces providing a natural habitat for wildlife.

  • Outbuildings such as barns, workshops, guest houses, or garages offering additional storage or activity areas.

  • Natural resources including ponds, streams, woods—or even personal orchards—enhance the property’s appeal.

These features contribute to a self-sufficient lifestyle that many seek when purchasing a home with an acre of ample outdoor space. For example, a family interested in sustainable living might use their large yard for growing vegetables and raising chickens for eggs.

Living on an expansive plot also allows homeowners room for recreational activities without leaving their property—think ATV riding through trails cut into your own woods! It provides acreage not just for leisure but also practical uses like agriculture if zoned accordingly by local regulations.

Key Considerations for Acreage Property Buyers

Water Rights

Water is crucial for any property, but especially so. Buyers must understand their water rights before purchasing. This includes knowing if you can use nearby lakes or rivers. It’s also important to know if there are acre restrictions on drilling wells.

A buyer found out they couldn’t irrigate their crops on their acre due to limited water rights. They faced financial loss as a result. Always check your entitlements and consult with local authorities.

Land Restrictions

Land use restrictions can greatly affect how you use your acreage. Zoning laws may limit building types or farming activities. Some areas protect wildlife habitats, which can restrict land development.

For instance, one family bought an acre of land planning to build a guesthouse only to discover zoning laws prohibited it. Before buying, research the local regulations thoroughly.

Survey Importance

Thorough land surveys are essential when buying acreage properties. Surveys define property boundaries and identify potential issues like encroachments or easements.

A couple once purchased what they thought was 10 acres of land without a proper survey—only later did they find out part of their home was on someone else’s property! Avoid such costly mistakes by getting an accurate acre survey done first.

Advantages of Living on Acreage

Privacy Benefits

Living on acreage brings a sense of privacy that is hard to find in urban settings. With more acreage surrounding your home, you’re less likely to be disturbed by neighbors or passersby. This can mean quieter mornings and the freedom to enjoy your property without intrusion.

The space between homes on an acre also allows for greater personal expression. You can design gardens, build workshops, or create outdoor living spaces without worrying about encroaching on someone else’s property. The distance from other houses means your activities and those of your neighbors are less likely to conflict.

Self-Sufficiency

Owning acreage offers opportunities for self-sufficiency that city living cannot match. If you dream of growing your own food, acreage provides ample room for both large-scale gardening and farming endeavors. Furthermore, with enough acre space, installing renewable energy sources like solar panels becomes feasible.

This independence extends beyond just food production; it includes water sourcing through wells or rainwater collection systems and even managing waste with septic tanks. These improvements not only reduce reliance on public utilities but may also decrease monthly expenses over time.

Recreational Opportunities

Acreage properties come packed with recreational possibilities. Whether it’s setting up a playground for kids, hiking through private trails, or simply enjoying nature from your backyard—acreage provides these luxuries at no extra cost except for initial setup and maintenance.

You could have picnics in different spots around the acre of property each weekend if you wanted! For those who love sports or have hobbies that require space – such as archery or horseback riding – owning acreage means having the room to pursue these passions freely.

Challenges of Acreage Property Ownership

Maintenance Demands

Owning a house with acreage means more land to care for. This isn’t just about mowing a lawn. It involves managing large areas of acreage that might include woods, fields, or ponds. The upkeep can be time-consuming and physically demanding.

Property owners often need equipment like tractors or chainsaws. They must handle tasks such as clearing fallen trees or fixing fences. In winter, snow removal from long driveways spanning multiple acres can be challenging without the right tools.

Service Accessibility

Living on acreage property may feel peaceful but it comes with trade-offs in terms of access to services. These homes are often farther from town centers and amenities like shops, hospitals, and schools.

Residents might face longer commutes for work or errands. They could also have fewer options for internet service providers which impacts their online experience.

Wildlife Management

With more acreage comes greater exposure to wildlife and natural habitats. Homeowners may enjoy seeing animals but managing this aspect is complex.

They could deal with invasive species harming native plants or animals damaging gardens and structures. Owners need knowledge about local ecology to maintain balance on their acre properties.

Assessing Property Value and Acreage

Land Size Impact

Land size is a key factor in property value. Unlike homes in residential areas, where the structure’s features often drive the price, acreage properties derive much of their worth from land itself. The more acreage you have, the higher the potential for use and development.

Larger plots, often measured in acres, can support agriculture, livestock, or even new construction. For instance, a house with 10 acres provides space not just for living but also for farming or leasing out land to others.

Value Enhancers

Certain features can significantly boost an acreage property’s value. Water sources like ponds or rivers are desirable because they offer irrigation options for acres of land and aesthetic appeal. They may also provide recreational activities such as fishing or boating.

Mineral rights can be another major asset. Owning these rights means you control valuable resources beneath your land’s surface. If there’s oil or minerals present, this could lead to additional income streams.

Location Significance

Location remains crucial when evaluating an acreage property’s worth. Properties closer to urban centers usually fetch higher prices due to accessibility and potential for development.

Conversely, remote lands might be less expensive but could attract buyers seeking privacy or specific environmental attributes like forests or wildlife habitats.

Zoning Classifications

Acreage homes fall under various zoning categories. Each category dictates how you can use your land. Common types include residential, agricultural, and mixed-use zones. Residential zones often limit the number of structures on a property. Agricultural zones might allow farming activities but restrict non-farm buildings.

In some areas, special classifications exist for properties with large acreages. These may offer more freedom in terms of land use but come with their own set of guidelines. Knowing the specific zone of an acreage property is crucial before purchase or development.

Land Use Restrictions

Zoning laws directly impact what you can do with your property. They control building sizes, types, and placement—often measured in square feet or footage. For instance, they may limit the number of animals you can have or prohibit certain business activities.

These restrictions ensure that land use is consistent within an area to avoid conflicts between neighboring properties and maintain community standards. Violating these laws can lead to fines or legal action against homeowners.

Easements and Rights-of-Way

Understanding easements is vital when owning a house with acreage. An easement gives someone else the right to use part of your land for a specific purpose like access roads or utility lines even if it’s registered in your name.

Rights-of-way agreements are similar; they grant passage over a portion of the property which must be honored by the owner. Both affect how you can utilize your space and could influence future developments on your land. Knowing about existing easements helps prevent legal disputes down the line.

Summary

A house with acreage embodies a unique real estate proposition, offering expansive living spaces and a connection to the land. We’ve explored the myriad facets of such properties, from their definition to the complexities of ownership. The advantages, like privacy and potential for self-sufficiency, are balanced by challenges including maintenance and regulatory hurdles. Understanding property value, zoning laws, financing options, and construction possibilities is crucial for prospective buyers. Environmental considerations and infrastructure needs also play pivotal roles in decision-making.

For those drawn to the allure of acreage homes, due diligence is key. Assess your readiness to embrace both the freedoms and responsibilities that come with acreage living. If you’re prepared to navigate the intricacies of such an investment, seek expert advice and take the leap into this distinctive lifestyle. Let your journey towards owning a house with acreage begin today—explore listings, consult realtors, and start planning for your future homestead.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a house with acreage in real estate?

A house with acreage refers to a residential property that includes significantly more land than typical city lots, often used for agriculture, privacy, or as a buffer from neighbors.

What should I consider before buying an acreage property?

Key considerations include zoning laws, water rights, access to utilities and infrastructure, the cost of maintenance, and potential agricultural uses. Assess your ability to manage large-scale land ownership.

What are the advantages of living on acreage?

Living on acreage offers greater privacy, space for outdoor activities or farming, and potential environmental benefits like cleaner air. It also provides room for larger homes or additional structures.

What challenges come with owning an acreage property?

Challenges include higher initial costs, increased maintenance responsibilities (like landscaping), possible isolation from urban amenities, and navigating zoning restrictions.

How does acreage affect property value?

Acreage can significantly increase a property’s value due to its scarcity and versatility but may also lead to higher taxes. The location and usability of the land play crucial roles in determining its worth.

Yes. Acreages have unique zoning laws governing their use; buyers must ensure compliance regarding building codes and land use regulations before purchasing.

Is financing different when buying a house with acres compared to standard properties?

Financing can be more complex due to the higher purchase price and perceived risk by lenders. Buyers may need specialized loans designed for rural properties or larger down payments.

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