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#5955023 - 09/30/15 05:37 PM Buying land by a highway?
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Looking at buying 40 acres in a small town, but located right by the highway as pictured above. The land is SW of the pin, consisting of mainly trees and a 40x60 barn with a dirt floor.

I've always thought about buying land in a secluded area, 3-4 miles off a dirt road etc, to deter theft. Would being close to a 2 lane highway be a problem, or would it maybe help eliminate theft with a lot of traffic?

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#5955074 - 09/30/15 06:17 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Theft will happen anywhere there is an opportunity, thieves come in many styles, some feel safer with less neighbors scrutiny, some don't even think that far ahead. Many folks live in the country on a small road and never get hit, just do things that discourage it .
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#5955075 - 09/30/15 06:17 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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A buddy of mine has a place by a major road. His house is probably 30 yards away. He's had no problems. We kill deer there every year. Go sit out there for a couple of hours, during the evening. See how noisy the traffic is. It will probably annoy you more than the deer.
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#5955108 - 09/30/15 06:37 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Highway frontage or at least, all weather access to the front gate, adds value.

If all your property would be SW of the pin, my concern would be those who have access to the diagonal dirt road that cuts through at least two properties W of the blacktop.

Looks pretty good to me. Many places to create edges. Add food plots and more edge the next several years. Add a few roads. Build a camp/homesite and enjoy. I'm particularly fond of that red dirt!

ps-not to mention you'll be set with a lifetime supply of primo firewood. up

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#5955123 - 09/30/15 06:48 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Thieves are gonna' steal, it's what they do. Location doesn't matter any more in my experience. The best you could do is make that particular spot not as a appealing as another.
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#5955130 - 09/30/15 06:51 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Dead end roads deter theft better but if a thief is gonna steal, he will figure out a way to get to you sooner or later. Like posted above the road frontage will add value to it if you decide to sell. For me I am the one that wants a deed dead end easement with a locked gate into my place. I do not like any kind of road frontage.
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#5955145 - 09/30/15 07:01 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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You should be ok. Like said above, stake out the place a few times. Looks like it has fairly heavy wooded areas and fields on the neighboring property. Build a couple small food plots(2 acres) and you should be good. Traffic can depend on whether it's a fairly highly traveled road come by from a metro area or back country highway
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#5955146 - 09/30/15 07:01 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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#5955178 - 09/30/15 07:19 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Just re-read your post. Are you going to build and live there? That would have a huge bearing on the amount of thievery going on. People coming and going all the time will slow it down, a few things left there alone for a while will likely grow legs. I hate being a pessimist, but that's just the way it is.
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#5955200 - 09/30/15 07:29 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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I'm on a 2 lane asphalt road but I'm there at least once a week if not more. I haven't a problem yet but I'm sure it'll happen. Noise doesn't bother anything but me. My house is probably 300 yards off the road but it can be seen. I'll retire soon so I'll be there 24/7
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#5955217 - 09/30/15 07:38 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Living there is a little different, your a fairly decent distance from the road and if you set up a few hidden cameras and don't spread stuff out to much you should be okay once you live there. Like I said before, food plots, and make a water hole if you can. Turn it into a small deer oasis and be wise about what you harvest .
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#5955266 - 09/30/15 08:06 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman


If all your property would be SW of the pin, my concern would be those who have access to the diagonal dirt road that cuts through at least two properties W of the blacktop.. . . .



looks more like a pipeline right-of-way. the pipeline folks will always have access, and from
my experience with them, it's not always good

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#5955283 - 09/30/15 08:18 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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I would not be living there, just hunting or whatever else. The place is 55 mins away, so I could easily make a day trip, I just won't be there 24/7.

I'll have to ask the realtor about the possible pipeline. Hopefully it's not one, but we will see. Thanks for all the tips so far. Welcome to any more advice y'all can offer.

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#5955323 - 09/30/15 08:41 PM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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Could also be a powerline easement.
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#5955861 - 10/01/15 08:50 AM Re: Buying land by a highway? [Re: spoon33]
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I had 55 acres on the hwy near Whitney Texas and got some great deer off the place. Never had a problem with thieves. First year I hunted close to hwy because that was were the previous owner had a feeder. Saw almost nothing, so I move it as far away from the road as I could and the deer came out of everywhere. You could not see my camp from the road, that might have helped a little. But I would go for it if you like the property and don't loose any sleep over the possibility of theft. Remember, even churches get broken into. I bought my next property also with hwy frontage. Concrete is much easier to drive over to get to your property, than down a muddy road.
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