Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Affordable Survival Home in Connecticut

                            A lot of people know that Idaho, or a state known for having a lot of forest and rural lands might be a better choice as a place for a survival home, but they are tied into the Northeast with friends, families and jobs. In addition, land can be very pricey in the northeast, as can property taxes. I wanted to post this for those of you in such a situation.

               This is 90, Sunset Ridge in Norfolk, Connecticut, 06058,  which is in Litchfield County.

This property is on 38 deeded acres, but should be resurveyed, as it could be slightly more or slightly less.

Three Bedroom, 1 Bath home on 38 acres. A diamond in the rough, this property is tucked away down a private drive yet within walking distance to the Norfolk Village center and the Norfolk Library, Infinity Hall, the Yale Estate as well as within walking distance to Norfolk’s ballfield and Toby Pond. Norfolk, CT, is located in the Litchfield Hills and close to the Berkshires, Appalachian Trail, Wassaic train station and the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers that boast wonderful fly fishing. It also has a Haystack Mountain view. There is also a detached garage.

 It is a current listing and is presently only $198,000. US

   This permits a family to have land, security and some gardening potential, while remaining in the Northeast near family, friends and familiar health care. 

     Please do your due diligence and check zoning laws to ensure that your plans for such a property are in keeping with the planning department of the township, county and state.  The property taxes are over five thousand dollars a year, which is quite typical for many homes in the area, even those without acreage.

 Agent Contact Information:

Dianna Christinat
(860) 738-3720
(860) 309-1828
View Agent's Page

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Survival Home in Virginia

     Once again, I have no financial interest in this or in any other property for sale by Survival Realty. However, depending upon where you are living in the US, this is an excellent buy. It is South of Richmond , Virginia in a rural area off Interstate 95.

The information between the two set of undulating lines is the work product of Survival Realty.



Private Oasis on Over 47 Acres!

Your private oasis awaits! Sited on over 47 acres, this custom-built retreat offers 3,100 sq ft in the main house with stunning open concept and no detail spared. Step inside the spacious foyer and be greeted by beamed cathedral ceilings, a breath-taking cypress vaulted front wall and many windows, illuminating the craftsmanship and detail throughout. The beautifully designed kitchen offers granite counter tops, tile backsplash, tin ceiling and state-of-the-art appliances.

Located on the first floor, the master suite provides a luxurious bath featuring a large tile steam shower, soaking tub and heated floors. The spacious second floor loft overlooks the lower level and provides plenty of space for relaxing. Two additional bedrooms offer private full baths.
The pool house adds an additional 2,450 sq ft of finished and conditioned space, housing the 36×12 heated salt water pool. Additional private rooms transform this building into a welcoming guest house. The oversized two-car garage features a half-bath and utility area as well as plenty of storage. There is an unfinished apartment above the garage with private entrance.
Conveniently located off Interstate 95. Stokes Plat. More details below:
  • 85_1611319_45_1461691977_636x435Land 48 acres +/-
  • Wildlife: Deer Turkey Hawks
  • Lots of country roads for great bike rides
  • 5 miles off 95
  • 20 minutes to Emporia: Wal Mart, Food Lion, Pebbles
  • 30 minutes to SouthPark area: Target, Best Buy, Lowes, Sears, numerous medical facilities, restaurants, etc.
  • Farmers market in Emporia, greenhouse/produce at Pinewood Greenhouse 10 minutes away.
  • Drilled well with 86 gal water tank and ¾ hp pump.
  • Infiltrator Panel System installed in septic drainfield
  • Main House completed in 2008. 3100 square feet
  • Has passive solar orientation, 24” overhangs for summer/winter energy savings.
  • 2×6 construction
  • Radiant barrier in ceiling for additional insulation in roof (R-Value 48)
  • Roof baffles and continuous ridge vent to prolong life of roof
  • 30 year architectural shingles
  • 1611319-1Low E glass Windows
  • Ext Fiberglass doors with interior blinds and PVC jambs
  • Foundry Hand Split Shake Vinyl Siding
  • Timbertech back deck
  • Stone veneer foundation
  • Interior walls as well as exterior walls are insulated
  • Moisture barrier in crawl space
  • Water proof 4’ lights in crawl space.
  • RV Connection in driveway near garage
  • Gate at road
  • Solar motion detection lights at gate.
  • Omni Security system with 4 cameras, DVR, cameras can be viewed on TV; expandable to 9 cameras
  • 3 American Standard Heritage 15 SEER HVAC systems: one for master suite, one for upstairs
    and one for downstairs. Each system has a whole house air cleaning filter system and
    programmable electronic communicating thermostat.
  • Generac Generator
  • 500 gal propane tank
Main house:
  • 1611319-2Laundry room has tin ceiling, built in cabinets, broom closet, granite countertops.
    Instant Rinnai gas hot water heater for continuous energy efficient hot water
  • Kitchen has tin ceiling, granite countertops, tiled backsplash, custom basswood cabinets with 41” tall wall cabinets, above and below cabinet lighting. 5’ refrigerator and freezer (Kenmore). Bosch dishwasher. Kenmore Elite Dual Fuel 40” range features five gas burners, and 2 electric. Ovens: one main and one side oven. Main oven is also convection. 48” Broan Elite 61000 series range hood with removable washable filters and 4 halogen lights.
  • Open concept living area with cypress T&G ceiling, cypress also on vaulted front wall.
  • Tiled floor installed on tilebacker cement board throughout first floor.
  • Custom energy saving blinds on 1st floor.
  • Media closet, surround sound throughout85_1611319_9_1461691965_636x435 house and on back deck.
  • 6’ storage closet
  • Recessed lighting
  • Half bath with vintage school desk vanity with granite top, vessel sink and vintage mirror.
  • Main floor master suite with wood floor, tray lighting, walk-in closet.
  • Master bath has granite counters. 1 sink and vanity area, double mirrors. 6’ Maax “Moonlight” soaking tub. Tiled steam shower (5’5” x 7’) with glass blocks, 6 jets, rain shower head and hand held faucet. Radiant heated tile floor with programmable thermostat.
  • Non load bearing log pole (from property) at stair case, stair case has bluestone treads, rockwall beside stairs.
  • 2nd floor has open center room for entertainment/ recreation; two additional bedrooms with 2 full baths. Wood floor throughout 2nd floor rooms. Each bath has tiled floor installed on tilebacker cement board. One bath tub/shower, vessel sink. 2nd bath has shower and pedestal sink. Bedrooms’ crawl spaces have access doors for additional storage.
  • All interior doors are solid wood.
  • Ceiling Fans throughout
85_1611319_22_1461691968_636x435Pool House (2450 sq ft)
  • Same footprint as Main house with passive solar energy saving
    features such as orientation and length of overhang.
  • Ceiling is moisture resistant PVC T&G, walls are James Hardee cement board, deck around pool is tinted concrete. Walls and ceiling have a vapor barrier as well as all seams sealed to prevent moisture damage.
  • Timbertech deck on side and rear of pool house
  • Pool house has DRY-AIR dehumidifier system professionally engineered to control humidity
    and prevent deterioration of building from moisture. System does dehumidification, space
    heating, pool water heating and air conditioning. The heating is propane so there is also a
    boiler in the mechanical room.
  • DRY AIR system also has a three way valve for energy efficiency. Excess heat from heating
    space or dehumidification is dumped into pool as needed to maintain pool temperature.
    Pool is salt water with a diatomaceous earth pool filter and Hayward Pool Pump. Also has
    the Aqua Plus Automation and Chlorination pool controller. With the Aqua Plus controller,
    salt level is monitored, filtering times can be set as well as chlorinator percentage. A Ranco
    temperature gauge sets the pool temperature.
  • 85_1611319_25_1461691969_636x435The pool house has security system (all doors are alarmed) and video monitoring. (Great
    for monitoring swimmers from main house!)
  • All windows are tempered glass and all electric is ground fault.
  • Negative pressure fan in ceiling
  • Completely open with 12 x 36 vinyl pool, mechanical room, exercise area and full bath with
    shower, toilet and utility sink, also washer and dryer hookup.
  • Five speakers in pool house with media system in exercise room.
  • Exercise room has a separate HVAC system.
  • Spiral staircase leads to second floor (approx 465 sq ft) which overlooks pool. Has glass
    panel rail so view of pool is not obscured.
85_1611319_34_1461691972_636x435Garage 32 x36 (2300 sq ft)
  • Built in 2013. Has two roll up 10 x 10 insulated Pantego garage
  • Storage cabinets installed on one wall, walls and ceiling are finished.
  • Downstairs also has half bath with utility sink, storage closet and craft area with wall cabinets.
    The second floor of the garage is an unfinished apt with own entrance. The electric has
    been run. Rough in HVAC is completed. Unfinished kitchen and vanity cabinets for
    apartment convey.
  • Termite prevention and maintenance in 2015 (all buildings)
  • HVAC maintenance (main house) 2015
  • Pool systems maintenance 2014
  • Pool Dry Air maintenance 2014
  • Manuals available on request.
  • Direct TV
  • Exede Internet (other satellite systems are available)

Deborah Edgar

Deborah Edgar Real Estate Group    Richmond, Virginia    Properties (1)
With over ten years of powerful negotiating skills as a multi-million dollar producer, it is my mission to help you reach your desired real estate goals efficiently, effectively and with utmost profit. I specialize in urban, historic and waterfront properties, but am able to assist in any market whether it is investment, suburban or even commercial properties. Knowledge is power and I am committed to knowing and understanding our current market conditions so that your goals can be reached. In addition to powerful negotiating skills, I pride myself on customer service, attention to detail and forming life-long relationships with my clients. Please use my Website to access powerful features such as the access to the MLS through my MLS Wizard. Selling your home takes special care and attention in order to get the highest possible price and you can feel free to use my Value Wizard to get an instant comparable sales report. My links section is designed to point you to important information on home shopping, owning and selling. If you cannot find the information you seek, contact me and I will do my best to get you an answer or point you to a resource. | Copyright 2015 | All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 27, 2017

An Inexpensive Survival Cabin for Sale in the Northeast

Yes, $68.000 and on seven beautiful acres.

  Periodically, someone tells me that they are looking for a secluded location for disaster emergencies, and that they can't find anything for under three hundred thousand dollars. This is particularly true, they say, of the US Northeast.   I counter by saying that if you look hard enough, there are affordable full time rural homes, and there are affordable rural cabins for emergencies.

     This is one such instance.  I will leave this post up, even after the property is sold, as an inspiration to those who continue to look.

The information between the two sets of undulating lines is the work product of Survival

  The Callicoon of which they speak is in New York State.


An on-site cabin is designed with the hunter and survivalist in mind. The ground floor has plenty of room for multiple beds, a table, and a wash area. A separate room has a composting toilet. Take the ladder to a loft where a new bamboo wood floor sleeps up to eight. All interior work designed with non-voc paints and sustainable materials. Heavily insulated, one wood stove keeps the space hot even when temperatures drop below 0 F. The 7 Acres of land is completely forested with plenty of dead and down wood waiting for a chainsaw.

Water comes from an on-site well drilled in 2011. There is no indoor running water (which is why I can’t sell it as a home and why the price is so much cheaper than a home), but you can install a septic system to remedy that (I got estimates at only $15,000). The electric is grid-supplied, but there is plenty of room to install solar or wind. The local utility is green, using wind power from nearby generators.
Friendly neighbors have adjacent plots of 10 acres or more.
This seven acres is enough to live off of. The land has abundant patches of wild raspberries and blueberries. Game is plentiful with deer and wild turkey crossing the property. I updated the driveway, shared with the neighbor, and cleared an area in front of the house. It’s ideal for a garden, chickens, and rabbits. I built a stone patio in front of the house, and there are amazing stone walls running through the property. It’s a great place for a barbecue.

If you want to get back to society, Callicoon is right across the Deleware with antique shops, a one-movie theater, and some great bars. There are many State game lands nearby and lost of fishing.
Supplied AS-IS, which is how I bought it. What does that mean? A liftetime supply of tools, including saws, maple syrup taps, antique stoves, game cookbooks, and all furniture. Ready to use at a moment’s notice! I bought it from an old man who used it as his hunting and fishing man-cave. Buy it and use it the same weekend!
I love this place, but I’m relocating and won’t be able to access it anymore. If you have the same dreams I did, getting away from it all to a self-sustainable place, this is perfect for you. | Copyright 2015 | All Rights Reserved. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Civilization is a Thin Veneer

Never find yourself in a situation where you are forced to go out, particularly in some type of emergency.

        Most women, especially mothers, and most men are polite and cooperative when dealing with strangers. They tend to behave a bit better than that when dealing with neighbors or acquaintances with whom they may have dealings later.  However, during even a mild crisis, behaviors change and they may change quickly.

                    One need only look to some of the Trump Inauguration protestors breaking windows and striking back at police as the police try to limit damage to the glass of a shop that has nothing whatever to do with the inauguration.   During weather emergencies, both men and women may behave very badly when their grocery store has only three loaves of sandwich style bread remaining.   I remember observing a rather nasty fight by Land Rovered soccer moms, here in Virginia over free bottled water in twelve packs,  being given out to customers of the power company,  during a protracted power outage.

                 Please know and accept that a gathering of people while under some type of duress, can go from odd and a bit entertaining, to downright dangerous in the space of a few seconds. Fires, for example, when they involve crowds of people, may cause deaths from trampling rather than smoke inhalation.

                  This doesn't mean we wander through the world waiting for our friends and neighbors to lose their minds. It does mean that we keep normal amounts of supplies of water, food, healthcare, and comfort items so that we have the option of remaining at home when potentially dangerous gatherings of people might occur.   Give some thought as to how you would defend yourself and your family should you experience a home invasion during a disaster or national emergency of some type.   My parents used an excellent saying.......  A word to the wise is sufficient.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Introducing Site Hound Sniffs


               I wanted to let our readership know that there is a new site that may have information that will be of interest to our readers.

           This is a compendium of different websites, updated regularly, on a variety of subjects. They have a lot of blogs listed that aren't necessarily listed elsewhere.  Please take a look.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Researching the Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer


Stainless steel finish machine shown is more expensive than the brighter colored models.

            Of late, there have been a number of commercials for a remarkable home freeze dryer.
Harvest Right is marketing in fairly large number of colors and varieties, a kitchen appliance which looks a lot like a small dryer which actually freeze dries food. Once freeze dried and packaged as per their directions, many foods will last 25 years.  (Jams and many sugary concoctions will not, although ice cream certainly will.) Even lasagna freeze dries well.  Freeze drying does preserve nutrition, appearance and shelf life of food that either you have grown yourself, or made yourself, or of food you were able to buy on sale. Since this saves you buying freeze dried food in cans, then we should examine this possibility.  Freeze drying is also superior to simple dehydration, because dehydrated food has much less shelf life, (and also because simple dehydration often requires additives including more salt.) Freeze drying also helps to cut down on the waste of food. You need only take out and use what you actually need or will eat.  Sometimes, you will wish to add water to rehydrate freeze dried food as in lasagna. Other times, you might actually want to eat the food in the freeze dried state, such as banana slices, raspberries, apple slices, strawberry slices, etc.  I like freeze dried strawberries in cereal, particularly in oat meal and I don't usually work to rehydrate the fruit first.

          The pros of having such an appliance is that it will cut down on your need to buy precanned freeze dried food which could represent a substantial cost savings. Having one of these appliances could allow you to preserve almost 100% of the food you grow that you might not consume at harvest. It cuts down on the amount of canning you may need to do.  It might allow you to provide freeze dried emergency food to other family members.  It may allow you to mix together your own entrees for later use. It may allow you to formulate specialty entrees, such as gluten free, low salt or low sugar meals.  Someone at a preparedness show allowed me to taste the low calorie cashew chicken with peas and rice they had freeze dried and reconstituted, and it was excellent.  It does fruits and vegetables, like green peppers, and the fruits I mentioned exceptionally well. It does an exceptional job with hamburgers. You could actually mix fresh spinach and onion in your patties and freeze dry them for later use.

         The negatives of having the machine are as follows: The initial expense is between two and three thousand dollars. Although there are some smaller versions of this device, many families would need to look hard to find kitchen or home space for an appliance of the larger size. The device can freeze dry only about a quart of food at once, and this takes time. A cycle can take 24-36 hours.  Sometimes, the machine freezes and requires being defrosted with a hair dryer. Because you are running a freezer, a heater and a vacuum pump then the net result is heat so the device will need to be located somewhere where heat dissipation is possible, and this might not be fun in summer.   You might notice a slight increase in your electricity bill. Some users think that the device costs about a dollar per pound of food freeze dried.  Lastly, there is a rather expensive oil which must be changed in the device periodically. Some of the oil should actually be drained each time the unit is used, and some of it must be replaced. It also requires pump power flushing periodically. The machine is also noisy. A few customers have reported problems with their machine but generally the customer service to the company is said to be good.  My general impression is that a well informed, curious, diligent, and mechanical family is the most trouble free user of this device.

      The best information on the web about this machine is:

         I do not yet own one of these machines but I am very interested in those who do, and I have been talking to a lot of people who do own the machine.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Almost Over Folks

                         The Obama Presidency is almost over.  Perhaps he can avoid asking the Chinese diplomats to leave the US, or starting a war with the Russians. I certainly hope so.