Do you dream of owning your own hobby ranch, either as a wholesome place to raise a family or perhaps as a small business opportunity? If you have kids and this is your dream, then there are a few child-specific things you need to look for when you are shopping the ranch properties for sale in your area. The following guide can help you know what to keep in mind when you tour ranches.
Accessibility of Local Schools
Unless you plan to homeschool or send the kids off to a boarding school, the local school district will be your child's home away from home for many years. Just like in the city, the quality of rural schools can vary. Unlike in the city, though, you won't have the choice of other schools to transfer your child to. Make sure the schools meet your minimum educational standards before committing to a specific community. Further, consider the commuting distance to the school. Is it just a short school bus ride away, or will you need to drive the child for an hour or more to get to class? Will the distance impact the commute negatively once winter road conditions arrive? Make sure you can live with the school and it's location in regards to any property you consider.
Community Events and Involvement
You may be imagining long days playing in the fields, riding horses, or helping with chores, but any child can eventually become bored if they are always stuck at home. Many rural communities have lots of events for families. Does the nearest town host parks, community centers, or churches that provide events and a chance to make local friends? Some communities have active grange halls, which may host everything from children's play or story times to dances and community markets. An active community can make your new rural life much more fulfilling for both you and your children.
Location of Nearest Services
No parent wants to take their child to the emergency room in the middle of the night, but this is always a possibility. Is the property near to major thoroughfares to travel to the nearest services you may need? Are there rural medical centers, or perhaps a rural air ambulance service you can utilize in the event of an emergency? It can help to look at ranches outside of a mid-size urban center. This way you can be close to services like hospitals, doctors, libraries, and even grocery stores without giving up your rural living dream.
Contact a real estate agent for more help in finding the perfect ranch property.