Acreage Homes For Sale in Dallas
A large lot or an acreage home is the #1 requested feature that our clients request in their new home. They want a backyard where the kids can play or the dog can run. Perhaps they are thinking of building a swimming pool one day. Heck, many families want room for the kids, a dog, a playset, a swimming pool and a man cave. The best way to acheive all of this, is by having a large backyard.
No matter how large a yard you want, it all starts with knowing your options. Lot sizes continue to shrink in many new home communities and it takes a real estate expert to find neighborhoods with acreage home sites. We are those experts!
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NTREIS data last updated December 6, 2022.
Pros & Cons of an Acreage Home
Are you dreaming of moving your family into a home that sits on an acre of land? Great News! We at TheLivingWellTeam.com have all the freshest acre homes on the market and they are listed above. Living on land is amazing, you have more space between your neighbor's, the kids have tons of room to play, you can even have a garden in the backyard. You will find a pro and con list below to help you make a decision on if living on acreage is the right decision for your family.
With proper landscaping you may never even see your neighbors unless you invite them over. Through the use of effective landscaping you can create a private backyard oasis for the family to swim, cookout or just sit around the campfire.
You will find on a larger lot that you can now effectively have a space dedicated to a garden, a kids play-area, a pool, a cabana and tons of room for the dogs to run. Imagine setting up a volleyball net and play area just because you can. The options are endless and its wonderful for the kids to put down the X-box and head outside to run and play.
Peace & Quiet
One of the biggest advantages of owning acreage is being able to sit outside and hear... nothing. Just birds singing and the kids laughing while throwing the dog a ball. Imagine, very little to no traffic noise, just peace and quiet.
Yes, they exist and in the country they have even more freedom to be noisy, rude, or even hateful. You can't really control them and you typically do not have a 6 foot privacy fence. You may experience them never controlling or restraining their dogs. It is common to hear 'dogs gotta run' from a neighbor that insists on not fencing in or leashing his dogs. Those same dogs come over to your home every morning and 'mark' everything you own from your shiny new Tesla to the Christmas tree you just got down and unfortunately left the garage door open.
It seems like everyone on land winds up building 3-4 out buildings. Buildings like a tractor shed, a hay barn, a loafing shed, or even a firewood shed. They are typically allowed to build whatever they want so long as it conforms to the limited HOA over-sight. You might be wondering why even mention this as a negative. Consider this, your neighbor builds a massive tractor shed to house his 3 tractors, implements, and stockpile of manure directly opposite and in full view of your new $300k swimming pool. Now when you have a pool party you get to smell the aging manure and answer endless questions about why your neighbor build a party deck on the 2nd story of his tractor barn facing your swimming pool. Just food for thought...
Animals and Livestock
You may love horses (I do as well), but your new neighbor may love their 238 chickens and 12 roosters that insist on crowing at 3am. Roosters don't have a timex and some of them crow at the oddest hours. More importantly this can ruin your sleep cycle and there is nothing you can typically do about your neighbors crazy roosters. Perhaps your neighbors have screaming sheep, or cattle or even peacocks. Dear Lord, pray they do not have peacocks, those suckers scream...
If you live in the city on a modest sized yard, you likely only have to worry about mowing the yard and trimming the shrubs. Living on acreage is going to cost you time or money or both. Its is simply the cost of living on land. Don't forget that the 2 acre lot might seem appealing, but you will double your yard maintenance costs by doing so.
Mowing a one acre yard takes time and expensive equipment. You are not going to mow your new acreage with a push mower. You will need to purchase a riding mower or tractor. These are expensive. Riding mowers range from $3,000 to well over $40,000 for a tractor. You still will spend an hour or more doing yard work on just one acre of land. Imagine owning a 5 acre lot and there goes your Saturday.
Watering a 1 acre lot or larger is very, very expensive. The grass and landscaping plants consume a great deal of water in our 100+ days during the hot, long Texas summer. The local governments will restrict how often you can water and how much you can water. Even if you can afford to water this much yard, you may still lose very expensive landscaping due to the heat.
Weeding & Feeding
Weeding the yard can be done manually which will kill your back and take forever. It can also be done chemically or organically. Each option costs a great deal of money and will require attachments for that new lawnmower, garden tractor, or regular tractor you just purchased for mowing. The cost ads up and repeats every spring and fall.
You might purchase a finished landscape and never lift a finger to improve it. I have not personally experienced a client that can leave it alone. If you get bitten by the improvement bug, then you will spend money and quite possibly a ton of it. Just a few ideas are an outdoor fire-pit made of stone, a swimming pool, a covered sitting area, a play-set for the kids, or just about anything you watch on HGTV.
It is possible that your new property is quite a bit farther away from the heart of the city. You may be in the suburbs or beyond. You should drive from your potential new home to work, church or school to make sure it is an acceptable daily commute.
Driving 'Into Town'
Yes, you will find yourself telling your spouse, partner or best friend (your dog) that you are 'headed to town' and do they 'need anything'. The drive to town might be 10 minutes if you are lucky or much, much longer depending on the place you purchase. Just really think about how this may or may not impact your lifestyle. Do you enjoy going out to dinner, a show and then drinks with friends. A 30-45 minute drive home may not be worth it to you. Do you run to the grocery store daily like they do in Europe? Again a country home may not be for you.
With fuel cost rising, you may not want to be driving more than necessary. Would you need to purchase a different vehicle due to fuel prices? Think through this aspect of moving out to the country.
High Speed Internet
Thanks to Elon Musk and StarLink, the dream of living that country lifestyle and being able to work from home is now possible. You may not be able to get StarLink for awhile but you do have other options if you are lucky:
Yes, we do have seem to have an unlimited amount of land in Texas. However, the land is still incredibly expensive. You will need to be prepared to pay what may seem like a massive amount of money for an acreage home. Only you can decide your budget, but decide you must.