About 25 miles off the highway within a reputable Ranch community. It is a parcel on an actual 16000 acre cattle ranch. Went out to visit it in March and loved it out there. Decided to purchase just under 40 acres. Closed this week. Elevation is about 4300-4500 feet throughout my plot. There are a couple of really nice hilltop homes sites. The whole place (ranch perimeter) is fenced and gated, although my property isn’t fenced off.
Planning to build out there when our son graduates from HS and we sell the place we currently live in in South Florida. That’s about 7 years down the line. I’m 43 now, so when we sell this place and build our place out there I hope to live pretty much mortgage free for the last 15 or 20 years of my work life. I’ll bank lots towards retirement.
Electric is run to the property line. Can also opt for solar and AZ buys back excess. We have to dig a well and septic tank when we build.
Security- 3 gates deep inside a private community. Everyone there is strong Conservative and armed to the teeth.
Safety- Medical response time is under 6 minutes in emergencies. Major hospitals are not far. Emergency trips can be costly, because usually it is a medical helicopter ride. Good Physicians in area and University of Arizona Medical Facilities not too far away for required Dr. visits.
Food/Water- Land to raise livestock and to grow plants/crops if we choose to. Can’t raise pigs due to their ability to go feral and destroy the land. Well depth is anywhere between 250-400 feet dependent on where on the property we decide to dig. Land sits on top of an enormous aquifer and aside from electric bill for pump and well, water is no cost. If we go solar, no cost to power or water. Rancher and I spoke. He’d like to keep a small puddle that he calls a pond even after we build the structures. If we agree to feed the pond with our well, he agrees to provide all the meat we can eat for the life of the deal. I’ll never have to buy beef/poultry again.
Any advice? We may actually build a small place that will eventually be the Guest House when my in laws decide to retire finally. They will likely live out there before we do.
Here’s some photos from one of the home sites on the land.