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My land is shaped like an L. The larger part of the L is 3.3 acres. I bought it in 2002 because I wanted a place to call my own even though I was working in Yuma at the time (3 hours away) and only visiting my land on weekends. It was just what I wanted. It had an old mobile home, greenhouse, hot tub and a garage but was sold as vacant land because the structures didn't add any value. Perfect for temporary living while I build my house...ok, so the house hasn't happened yet. It also has a beautiful, nearly 360 degree view of the mountains, desert and city lights...and 2 baby saguaro cactus :)
The small part of the L is 1.14 acres. I bought it a year later when the driveway was crumbling in to the wash (a wash is a dry riverbed, except during the summer monsoons) and I wanted another entrance. I figured it would be a good investment too.
Both pieces are paid for and now I live in my RV next to the mobile home because I still haven't fixed up the mobile home. The 3.3 acres can legally be split once making 2 separate residences. The 1.14 acre piece is already legally separate. After looking online at similar properties I would say the smaller piece is worth $55k and the bigger piece, if split, would be worth $70k each. But no one seems to be buying land at the moment. They would be worth more if I dug a well but since wells cost $30k out here, it's going to be a while before I do that.
The drive to downtown takes between 25-35 minutes. I am within 2 miles of the paved suburbs and less than a mile from the paved road. We have good schools and a Walgreens. They promise us a grocery store any year now.
There are many things I could do with my land including building a house or two, putting a manufactured home on an acre and renting it out, boarding horses, selling part of it...etc... But right now I just enjoy the open space and the wild creatures...(except the rats and mice!).