Originally Posted by steveturner
...less likely to have city or utility district water, sewer and natural gas. Less likely to be landscaped. Less like to have curb and gutter and concrete drives and sidewalks.
Originally Posted by iWill
You say that like those are good things.
I'm with you. I have well water, what would I want with CITY water, that chlorine-tasting stuff? When I go on a trip now, I fill up bottles of water with stuff from my tap and bring it with me. My house is off a dirt road (so the car gets dirty, it matches the other rigs in town), you have to drive across someone else's property to get to my house, and you can't see my house from the road. I have all the privacy of a "gated community" I could ask for, but the only way to see my house is if you are a satellite, in a plane, or trespassing on someone else's land. Why would I want sidewalks? I have a septic tank. It gets pumped every two years for $250. I pay no city sewer rates or city water rates. I have propane. Theoretically if the one propane company charges too much I could switch to another provider. There is no earthly reason why someone "off the city grid" could not be landscaped if they so chose. One side of the house has some landscaping, the other is more "natural". The main reason is for fire breaks, otherwise I'd have the forest right up to the house, frankly. I don't care that the road isn't paved, Frankly, our gravel road is nowhere near as slick in winter as the county paved road and we pay to maintain it ourselves so when we aren't happy we call the guy and he comes right away. The county maintained road they do it when they get to it. The city is the same way, they get to it when they get to it.
I spent 25 years living in a condo community where they did all this "for" me. The trade off was living on top of other people. Now, even if the "next door" neighbor's dogs bark the whole damn day it isn't that loud, the robins are louder. Easy choice.