5 acres in South Salem, near River Road. I have used the land to grow veggies, staple crops and raise bees, as an extension of my home garden. I now live further away and my gardening needs are met at my current house. This is a cool piece of land and I’ll miss it, but it’s probably better off in someone else’s hands. I could put it on the Real Estate market, but would rather get it in someone’s hands that will grow food on it. Here’s a bit about it.
1 acre is accessible at the road and the back 4 acres are forested with a big hill in the middle. The back 4 acres feel quite remote and wilderness-like. The trees are quite large, having been forested for lumber maybe 40 years ago and have been wild since. It has a mix of fir, alder, madrona, maple, and lots of ground cover. It does have some blackberry and poison oak, but its not terrible. The top of a small ridge separates the back portion of the property from the front. That hill rises about 100 feet in 300 feet (gets the heart pumping just a little walking up!) and then mellows out to the slightly rolling back portion. With some creative thinking, it could be productive, but also serves well as your own private park. I wanted to put a little hut back there but haven’t yet.
The acre up front is almost totally flat. The open part is about 3/4 acre before the treed area starts. A small portion of it gets some standing water in heavy rains. The water table seems to be high, but that would to be good for dry farming. I’ve only used organic bagged fertilizer to feed plants. There is also a horse barn with a huge pile of compost nearby that I get compost from too. I have a small 16′ x 16′ greenhouse in the middle that could stay or be taken away.
The spring isn’t huge. It runs year round and I’ve done basic calculates of at least 500 (maybe more like 1000 though) gallons a day. Its barely high enough into the hill’s slope that I’ve used it to gravity feed the irrigation. The engineering is fun for that but simple.
Here’s the downside, which I haven’t minded. One neighbor has an easement for his septic drain field. So you’d be restricted on what you could grow over or near their lines, or need to leave it as lawn.
The price will reflect it’s home building potential, not just the price of farmland, but I’m open to discussion about it. Getting a permit for a house would be possible, but due to set backs for the septic away from the spring and pond next door, the placement options are limited.
If this interests you, please send me a note and will can check it out together!
up to you!
up to you!
extra garden space
private spring with State Water Master letter confirming it is Private
as mentioned above, neighbor has easement for their drainfield
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