Buying a Farm House With Good Land

Before buying land for your homestead, make sure it will be able to support all of your endeavors.

| March/April 1970

I am going to suppose you live in the city, own no land, and know nothing about finding a suitable place in the country. Here's how you start. Get a good map of your locality. Take a compass and using your place of work as a center point, make a circle the radius of which should be approximately the distance you can travel in one hour.

If you own a car, this radius could well be 25 miles. This 25 mile radius will enclose a territory of 1,962 square miles (an area about equal in size to the whole state of Delaware). If you expect to travel by bus, street car or subway to your job, the radius would be shorter.

Next, study the encircled area. Is there any particular part of it in which you would especially like to live? Have you friends in some part? If so, talk to them about finding a place.

If there is any question in your mind as to whether you will enjoy owning your own home, raising your own food or living in the country, then rent in the community you select before you buy. Remember, you are choosing a place to make a permanent home — you are not simply leasing an apartment for another year.

The very fact that this first step is so important and difficult is a good thing because if you haven't enough gumption to go out and find yourself a place, then you probably would never make it amount to anything even if a rich uncle left you the place in his will.

One reason so many city dwellers continue to go on paying rent and living the restricted life seems to be because they don't know how to go about finding and developing a place of their own. Another obstacle is the mistaken belief that they can't afford a country place of their own.

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