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Old 10-11-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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DW Bookworm and I currently living in central Mississippi are contemplating on our ER and destination which should happen in 20 months or so. To be close enough to grandkids in NYC/NJ and my aging mom in DC we figured that somewhere along the Interstate 81 corridor in Virginia just might be far enough away from the crazy DC salaries and real estate to be affordable yet accessable to family by car. We reconoitered Stuarts Draft, Waynesboro, Lurray etc (all very nice!) but we found that a modest fairly new 1500+ sf house in a subdivision to be on the North side of $200K. Garages were either singles or non existant. The lots were small. We are trying to limit our house purchase to $200K to avoid a mortgage.

I came up with the brilliant idea of purchasing 2-3 acres in the country and erecting a 1500 sf modular home on it. We could probably do it for $200K and throw in a my dream pole barn garage to boot.

I am looking for advice from anyone with experience with modular homes, particularly in a rural setting. I am sure there are things I should consider other than water, sewage, power and internet access.

Thanks much!
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Re: Modular home in Virginia?
Old 10-11-2006, 09:27 PM   #2
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hey capt, i got the same feelings for a longest time. modular home r built much fasster, cheaper and with precise calculation. another words u don't see a piece of wood 3/4" too short or 1/2" too long. currently we are living in a 15 yrs old home and believe me i see some unbelievalbe mistake around. for ex. missing insulation, sloppy plumbing... i checked out one modular home that my collegue bought and love it. just like buying IKEA's furniture, everything is prebuilt and not even 1 single nail is missing. u can always upgrade the windows. cabinet, bathroom like a regular home. check out a few website and u'll be impress.


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Old 10-12-2006, 09:41 AM   #3
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I came up with the brilliant idea of purchasing 2-3 acres in the country and erecting a 1500 sf modular home on it. We could probably do it for $200K and throw in a my dream pole barn garage to boot.
FYI:
The entire Shenandoah valley is booming or on the verge. Development pressures are growing as folks like you identify it as a good retirement pplace or even people moving from NOVA & comuting(!!) to DC. You might be shocked at some of the land prices, & later disappointed that the idyllic place you have moved to is later consumed by dreck developmenmts & malls. All very sad.

East of the Blue Ridge is the same or worse; those interested in the Charlottesville area need to prepare themselves for very high RE prices, & development is a problem that local gov's are trying to contain & manage - for better or worse.
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Hmmm, maybe take a look at a few spots in PA, too?
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Make sure you check out regulations concerning manuf. homes, permits and cost of getting water and electricity to property.
I was talking to a friend that is a builder and he mentioned having to pay $35,000 to have a water meter put in on a property he was developing.
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DW Bookworm and I currently living in central Mississippi are contemplating on our ER and destination which should happen in 20 months or so.
Interesting. I am from east central MS. Why not buy an RV and live up there during the warm weather months and come back here during the winters?
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:44 PM   #7
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Roger that about the Shenandoah booming. Talking to DW last night and we may have to set our sights a little bit further South along I-81. I met a guy today from Abington VA and he claims it is next to heaven. The stats on the web look good but never been there save a few 70 mph hour pass-bys on a Harley.

We used to live in Mt. Pleasant SC (Charleston) and are fully aware of how an area can change overnight. We sold our house that used to be our dream retirement home because of congestion and 16 year old girls driving $80K Merceds.

I figured utilities might be a problem on rural land.

The only reason we are thinking about moving from Mississippi is to be closer to family. Bookworm and I have lived in way too many places and MS is by far the most accepting and gracious environment yet. Great motorcycling area. An RV Hmmmmm. How about it Bookworm? [am on the road yet again in a Hampton Inn. This stinks]

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