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OMG, the farm appraised!!!

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  • OMG, the farm appraised!!!

    The little 5 acre farmette we have under contract - it appraised!! Inspections are all done, financing is secured, and closing is at the end of August.

    5 acres with house, barn, covered arena, and random outbuildings.

    I am totally freaking out.
    One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
    - Will Durant

  • #2
    Awesome, thats a dang miracle in this market! Congrats!!!

    Are you planning on starting a business or just want your horses at home?
    Concordia means "Harmony" in Latin.
    Full Time Dressage Addict


    • #3
      HUGE congrats!
      And a covered arena??? You lucky lady you!
      Any farm photos we can drool over?
      You jump in the saddle,
      Hold onto the bridle!
      Jump in the line!


      • #4
        Congrats! I'm envious of the existing barn and arena, we moved to 20 acres in the country in February and the horse is still boarded...
        ... and Patrick


        • Original Poster



          It is a cute little place - needs some work, there haven't been horses there in a while. But it is laid out nicely. I can't believe it looks like we're actually going to get it!!!

          No real business, just horses at home. Will be breeding a few at some point, but this is a hobby for me.

          The covered arena is a big plus - it isn't a huge one, but I can extend the arena out the short side and make a good sized ring out of it. I'm amazed we found a place with a covered arena in our price range at all, frankly.

          wsmoak, you can be jealous of the arena, but I will be jealous of your 20 acres, lol.
          One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
          - Will Durant


          • #6
            That is sooo cute !!!!
            Where is it ? I am in Snohomish County.
            Congratulations !


            • Original Poster

              Elfe - it is in Snohomish as well - Stanwood.
              One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
              - Will Durant


              • #8
                It's adorable!

                BUT, I see a huge problem. It looks like you have at least 8 stalls. That is NOT a good thing. The number of horses always expands to the number of stalls available plus 1. Oh sure, you SAY you'll use those extra stalls for hay storage and such.....


                • #9
                  Congrats.....lovely place!


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks all - I am really excited.

                    Shakey, 8 stalls on the arena alone - the main barn had the stalls stripped out, so it is empty, but it is a 36x60 building.. Plus there's a 20x50 run-in shed...

                    luckily 2 of the stalls on the arena will be turned into tack/storage (permanently converted, lol), and since the stalls are 10x10, I'm thinking about making the remaining 6 convertible into 3 big stalls... then I really just want to add 5 stalls 12x12 stalls (that are convertible into foaling stalls) in the main barn, and use the other side for wash rack/feed room/office...

                    That's still a lot more stalls than I currently have horses.

                    One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
                    - Will Durant


                    • #11
                      it looks like a very cute place
                      you must post pics when you are done "remodeling" the barn


                      • #12
                        And you are such a horseperson - barn featured in all 3 pics, house (which looks very nice!) just "happens" to be in one.

                        It looks to be in pretty good shape too. I wish my gravel drives - which are only 6yo - were in such good shape.

                        And now the fun begins!
                        Keep us posted on your progress
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                        • #13
                          Okay, that's just the cutest darned farm ever!
                          Wicked cool looking house too, very unique.
                          Big congrats to you! Can't wait to hear about it all after you move in. And maybe see more interior and paddock photos then? (hint hint)
                          I don't know about anyone else but I have such fun when people post farm and barn photos. It's better than Home & Garden, LOL!
                          And umm...you will end up filling all extra stalls. Nature abhors a vacuum and Fate Abhors An Empty Stall.
                          I refused to finish all 4 of the stalls in my barn when we built it for that very reason! If you build them, they will come and all that. And boy howdy was that true! We hadn't even gotten the barn up yet and I was getting calls and drive ins of people either wanting to board or wanting to give away a horse.
                          Once you get your own place and the word gets out...everyone and their cousin calls you to offer you a free horse. It's like the horse farm version of the Watchtower folks...people knocking on your door and instead of giving you a pamphlet they try to give you a horse!
                          You jump in the saddle,
                          Hold onto the bridle!
                          Jump in the line!


                          • #14
                            Major Congrats!!!! As was said, that's a miracle in this economy to have it all go as smoothly as it did. YAY!!
                            "Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. It's the Hard that makes it great."

                            "Get up... Get out... Get Drunk. Repeat as needed." -- Spike


                            • #15
                              CONGRATULATIONS ~~~ ENJOY ~~~~
                              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                              • #16
                                What a lovely place! I'm jealous.


                                • #17
                                  Congrats on the little farm! It's adorable. I'm jealous too!


                                  • #18
                                    Oh cute! Congrats! And I am here to tell you that you don't have to have a real barn for people to drive up and offer you free horses. I worry about one guy, I keep expecting to find a horse tied up at the end of my driveway.
                                    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                                    Incredible Invisible


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Lol - I already have people at my trainers barn trying to convince me that I want their old horses. Um...no. I really don't. As hard as it is to believe, don't want to take any older/unsound horses, nor do I want to take any mares to foal out. I find it kinda that they are trying to send me horses when I have not even closed on this place. Sorry guys, but I have a full time job and am adding a commute - no, I don't want your horses.

                                      We will be adding one to the herd at some point so my husband can ride with me without us having to leave only one sad horse at home. But that horse will be a productive, useful citizen, not a retired/unsound horse, lol.

                                      The place is basically unfenced, so there are no paddocks to take pics of yet. I will document the whole process.

                                      And yes, when I first looked at this place, after wandering around for a half an hour, my husband quietly asked "shouldn't we go look inside the house?" Oh yeah. Right. There's a house, lol. I just mentally checked it off the way most people would check off a garden shed "yep, it has one, and it isn't falling down. Good." Lol!
                                      One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
                                      - Will Durant


                                      • #20
                                        when we bought our place I wanted way more property (like 15+ acres.) now after living with our 8 for five years wow glad I didn't get it!! even 8 is too, too much ...

                                        so funny but same here, when we were looking we'd pull up to someplace to see I'd jump out of the car and head right to the barn / pasture. I mean if it was totally unsuitable we'd be back on the road anyway, right? who cares what the house looks like??

                                        drove the Realtor NUTS. but ... she had no clue. the house was ONLY important if the barn, pasture and property passed muster NOT the other way around!