21 year old son and fiancee choosing Rural Living over apartment in town.

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Gale Hawkins

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After dating for nearly 3 years they have a wedding planned for September which will be three years since their first date. Just to get started the son was thinking of getting an apartment for a year or two but due to the college rent in Murray KY is expensive.

One of the small local internet providers offers free ads that a lot of locals visit to buy, sell and trade all likes of stuff. I got a set of wheels once for the son's truck and it was where I found the B Allis Chalmers last summer.

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A couple weeks ago a place 10 miles out of Murray popped up for sale. While it is only 1.6 acres and both the shop and house needs a lot of attention to both clean up and do major repairs. I drive past it a couple times a week now and always thought I would love to have the shop and never noticed the small house that is concealed somewhat to the rear because a row of 45 year old cedar trees that line the state highway. It does have some fruit trees as well that need a lot of attention as well.

The house has 2 bedrooms, a full bath with a fair size living room and about the same size kitchen. There is a 4" deep well and septic system. The crown jewel in my view is the shop on a 55' wide and 50' deep concrete slab and I have not found a crack yet. The 2 bays are 30' deep and one has a Rotary brand in ground single cylinder car lift with a Champion compressor for the lift and shop air. Since the date on the 82 gallon Beaird tank is 1-1956 and the shop was built in mid 1970's must to have been put in used when it was about 20 years old. The 2 horse 220 volt single phase Leland motor may be original driving the Champion REN 10 two cylinder compressor that is to be able to make 200 PSI.

The wife and I closed on the place so they can purchase it for the selling price from us after they get married. They have started the property clean up and removed most of the kitchen down to the walls. The son likes two months finishing his two year diesel college degree at a local state college plus he is working evening in the parts department a national trucking firm while going to school. His fiancee is the same age and has finished some vocational training and a course in RV repair and works in her father's RV repair business rebuilding RV's. Both families are helping them with renovation efforts and think this is a good move long term.
 
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Sounds like a great place to start and raise a family. Much better than doing it in town! He'll be able to utilize that shop working for himself once he has his degree.
 
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Thanks for sharing that, Gale.
 
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Man happier with a piece of land to call his own. :thumbsup:
 
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That is really awesome. Is the property the whole triangle on that corner there? Or just right around the structures?

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Sounds good. And they're willing to put in the "sweat equity", so they will already have skin in the game, and feel attached to the place.

Nice.

Would be nice to see more pics of the place, and the "after" pics when they have the remodel work done.
 
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Sounds as if that young couple has a good future ahead of them. I certainly wish them the best.
 
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Sounds like they have their heads screwed on straight. Not seeing many young folks like that.

Like the song says:

"Green Acres is the place to be"

Good luck to them.
 
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Two young adults that where brought up right!!! Congrats to you and your wife.
 
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That is really awesome. Is the property the whole triangle on that corner there? Or just right around the structures?

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coldsteelva can you share a link how to get to maps like this? I gave them a black and white copy of this map that came from the title search results for the purpose of dream building. Color is much better at showing the details and if I can find the date of the image that will tell us the timeline better. The row of cedars down the side of the road is running East and West with the point of the pie actually pointing east.

The guy that put the place together after buying the land in 1974 passed a couple years ago in a nursing home at the age of 81. Actually the green metal for the back slope of the the house is there on pallets still banded together I bet it is pile burned after all of the years but the fiber covering of the bundle is still in place more or less but that only would help protect the top piece from the sun.

After a few weeks I can get the backhoe over there to help with the clean up and try using a chain and the hoe to pull up some of the smaller overgrowth while we still have soft ground. One thing other than time that is holding me up is I do not know the pinpoint location of the septic tank and leach field. I have not talked with the seller due to health reasons but her daughter asked her and the reply as I understood it is east of the shop. I bought a probe yesterday and can physically see a sewer line to an assumed septic tank comes out of the house heading north towards the state highway. Since the shop was built first I am told I am hoping to find the septic tank just across the drive to the house on the east side of the shop. I see the signs of a curve line of thin grass running east from the drive to the house and curving to the right. The small square in front of the house is actually a good size dog house with a galvanized roof. The tree due east of that dog house is missing but a large stump remains. Maybe we will get lucky and find they had root problems and put in a new seep field running from the septic tank. :)

After I probe out the 3" or 4" line running north from the house it should intersect a line coming out of the east side of the shop that was plumbed first I expect. Just better pinpointing the septic tank will tell me 90% of the rest of the story I need to know before getting the 6 ton backhoe in there. Until about 20 years ago rural KY was without pumping codes or there was no enforcement in place so clean outs were not common. I have been reading up on enzymes that can help clear bacteria that can slick over the leach field lines and stop the perking ability.

In the well house out back I have replaced the pressure switch and pressure gauge so that is working well except for short cycle time so now I am going to take a portable air tank over today and make sure the PSI is at 28 PSI in the bladder tank.

Thanks for all of the kind remarks.
 
 
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