I’ve been so excited to tell you…. we bought land!
Did you notice the new menu category up above called “P+M Upstate Adventure“? Well if not I’m here to tell you about it! Our new adventure we’ll be starting is the journey of starting a once in a while getaway in Upstate New York. This is somewhere we’ll escape the hustle and bustle of NY, where we can expand our garden and eventually build a small home and maybe even a pond! We won’t be leaving NYC, this will be a place we run away to maybe 30 days out of the year, some place to call our own for the first time.
We’ve lived in a big city since we were 18 years old and sometimes you grow tired of all the rules and not being to do what you want. Plus there’s the issue of space, does anyone know of 7 acres of open land we can buy in Brooklyn? Unfortunately Prospect Park won’t sell us any. We have the garden on the rooftop and that’s awesome (and we’ll be keeping it) but in the past years our building has gotten stricter and in reality any day they could tell us we can’t garden on the roof anymore and it would be gone. So we set out to see if we could purchase land that we would be able to do all sorts of things with that we wouldn’t be able to in the city.
I will be posting every step of the journey, from buying the land (below) to building to figuring out how the heck we’re going to build things and make it all work. We will be trying to do everything ourselves, but thankfully Matthew is Mr. Handy Man! We are first time land owners so this will be full of ups and downs. I hope you enjoy the ride and I hope if you’re visiting the page for the first time and are in the same situation you’ll find some helpful info.
What we wanted:
-At least 5 acres
-A section of open meadows
-About 3 hours max drive from NYC
-In the Catskills
A large garden full of fruits and vegetables
Fruit trees along with pine trees
A modern shipping container home with deck with full view of Catskills
A place for friends to stay when visiting
A basketball court (I can dream!)
Lots of animals (I can dream!)
I think it was in late August that we seriously started to think about buying property. We’ve always tossed it around but not seriously because at the time we couldn’t afford it. Plus it seemed far fetched.. we could own land? This is something that many people own all over the world but living in a city often erases that possibility from your mind. We looked at our finances, figured out our max budget, named our wishlist, drew a map of where we’d want to settle and then started to look at endless listings of land online.