Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Too Good To Be True!

Too Good To Be True!

Dear Diary. what Scott and I did on the 4th of July, 2008.

I wanted to share a few photos with you that my husband and I were able to shoot over the 4th of July weekend. We found the most affordable piece of land in our own neighborhood that we had seen in years. Hubby discovered this on the net and we Had TO GO CHECK IT OUT.

This is a beautiful piece of land, 9+ acres on the Trinity River just minutes from the mouth of Lake Livingston.

The price on this beauty is 129,000.00

Yep! 9+ACRES....UNBELIEVABLE.

We drove straight there and began to tromp! Here's a peek.

 Now this acreage has enough water frontage to separate it out with individual acres...Trinity River

I'm sorry I didn't get a shot of the horses grazing. They were awesome. This is a perfect piece of land to build on.

Trinity River land tract

By the time we had walked it we had formulated our offer. No doubt we would buy it. It was too perfect.

9 acres

I immediately fell in love with it. We would sub-divide and create a heavenly spot.

Trinity on the Forth of July, 2008

The land across from the river is "protected land" and will never be built on...at least not in our lifetimes.

This looked so idyllic that we couldn't wait to fill out the paperwork. We would pay full price if need be.

This is a community boat ramp at the road that backs up to the acreage. How ideal. A whole three acre park at the edge of our new found paradise. We just couldn't believe it.

We hopped into the truck and headed out. An old (very precious) couple was at the side of the road picking grapes from the fence of OUR land. We pulled up and wished them a wonderful evening and took a look at their haul which looked healthy, plump and sweet.

In our excitement we couldn't contain the fact that we were going to make an offer on the land! They confirmed how beautiful it was and then I asked the two dollar question...

Will they allow us to build a pier or boathouse to house the boat right there??? A big boat...

Well, no ma'am he said. Well, yes I guess you could build one but you can't boat to the main channel from there...tick tock I was getting sooooo sad...

No boats we asked? None? No, he said. It's only a few inches deep there and you would have to drive a few miles to put the boat in to reach the main channel...I didn't want to hear that but it taught me a lesson. What my dad said is true. If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is.

NOW, if you don't care about boating...I've got a great place I would love to show you! We'll keep looking. The one thing I did get was chiggers! Yuk. What a let down!

Thanks for reading! Later in the rain~Deb

 

 

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Comment balloon 34 commentsDeb Brooks • July 22 2008 09:14PM

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Deb, so much excitement in this story, until the end with the shore's depth of water. Oh well, maybe something better in store for you.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

DEb

What a great looking property and you sure should have no problem selling it.

Sincerely

Tommy Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) about 10 years ago

Deb - I was getting excited for you, too, but I could tell that you were not headed toward a successful conclusion from the way that you framed the story.  As you said, if it sounds too good to be true...

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Oh Deb, I could just tell you were leading up to something disappointing. I've got some beautiful Black River property I'll sell you.........Shhh don't tell my husband, his cottage fixer upper is sitting on it.

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Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) about 10 years ago

Deb, I'm a city girl.  What in the hell is a chigger?

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Too bad Deb - although I have to ask. Is it not possible to dig a deeper channel? IS that not worth looking into?

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

LOL<LOL<LOL

Susan you've got me ROTFLMAO! You don't know what a chigger is? HAAAAHAAAA....wait, I'm not sure why I'm laughing so hard. I shouldn't be. The reality is I wish I didn't know what one was. They are cured by nail polish...yep really. Nail polish. You just haven't lived till you've had to douse yourself with nail polish!

This is a chigger.....................chigger

I assure you that you don't want them. They are microscopic bugs that crawl into a pore in your skin and,,,,,

itch. I don't know what else they do and I don't WANT to know.

Anyway with nail polish over the bump they will die of lack of oxygen.

For crying out loud Susan where have you been? You have never had a chigger???????????

Hum. Princess Susan.

 

Jacqueline, wasn't it beautiful? I loved it from the start. But, alas, she is not for me.

Jason, I think we're moving to Round Rock.....in the plans? Maybe.

Tom, I will be happy to write it up for you. You do need representation and I will give you a huge AR discount! Just let me know. :-)

Gary, it was a really big let down. And, I itched...

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Deb, this princess grew up in a 3 bedroom row house in the city of Philadelphia.  We don't have chiggers because the cockroaches eat them for lunch!  Lol!  Chiggers sound terrible and if it's okay with you, I'll pass on the experience. 

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Deb - Sorry it didn't work out for you, it looks like a beautiful spot. Keep looking, you will come across something you like better. Remember, always check out the flood zone. Where there is water that can mean trouble.

Posted by Carl Winters about 10 years ago

Simon, to have that part of the river dredged it would cost well in to the millions...not a very good savings on the land. It is so dissappointing. Just unreal. The problem with dredging one canal across to the river is that it would silt back in over a matter of a few short years with the force of the water. We thought about it even with the blockage just for the view but we understand that on occasion it will dry up except for the main channel...now that would be the time to get out there with my scooper!

:-) Sometimes we just have to let it go...boohoo. P.S. how was the Daytona vacation? Relaxing?

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Hi Carl and Ceil! Yeah, it is in the flood zone at the banks but the land raised up about another 45 degrees and would have been good for building. We're going to keep looking. And, not necessarily around here. I am feeling froggy...we may leap.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

I understand Susan! The roaches probably do sup upon them! Now, here in Texas the roaches fly into your hair! Wanna come visit? You'll love it!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Too bad but maybe you could still go there and walk on water.  Looks like a great place!

Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) about 10 years ago

Oh, that really sucks!  I was getting really excited for you since I know just how rare it is to find a nice piece of property on the lake.  We live in a lake community.  There is hardly anywhere left to build.

Posted by Michelle Hall (Century 21 Hecht) about 10 years ago

Deb - isn't that the truth of it? those age old words ring true in my mind a lot!

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 10 years ago

Dang. As I was reading this story, I was already dusting off my tent(in my mind)...... thinking that I had a new campsite....

Better luck next time.... :-(

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 10 years ago

hey you haven't made any comments on your popeye blurb!  :-)  well it as exciting while you were dreaming and anticipating...........and no one can take THAT away from you!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

Oh man!  I was so excited for you and ready to have you sub-divide it so I could buy an acre and build a house!  What a bummer, yes, of course you would need to be able to have your boat there.  I hate things that are too good to be true.  :o(

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 10 years ago

I'll trade your chiggers and flying roaches for scorpions and...  Just kidding. 

Still a pretty view.  Is it worth the price for just the view?  BTW Can you get rid of chiggers on a property easily?  Or is it something you just learn to (shudder) live with?

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (HomeSmart) about 10 years ago

Oh, now that's a disappointing ending... I was getting my hopes up for you.  I mean, if you're going to live on the water you've got to have room for a BIG boat, right?  That was the one requirement when we bought our parcel in NC... we looked forever trying to find something with deep water frontage.  Our sailboat at the time had a 7.5' draft.  We finally found one but it was way the hell out in the sticks (15 years ago) and it took forever, but we found it.... hang in there and keep looking!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

Deb, I'm passing on the flying roaches.  Thanks for the offer though!  Yikes!  They'd hear my screams in Pasadena!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Flying roaches?  Yea, I'm with Susan.... we're going to go sit in the corner and drink cabernet and pretend we didn't hear anything about flying roaches.  C'mon Susan Darlin'. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

AWWWW... what a let down. But hey... at least the experience stayed with you a while <hehe>.

Melanie

Posted by Melanie Pavelka (Brooks Prime Properties) about 10 years ago

It is a beautiful piece of land. If you could eliminate the chiggers and enjoy the water for swimming and fishing, it would be a great place to live. Sorry it doesn't work for you, but it will probably sell pretty easily.

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) about 10 years ago

Jesse, I like that booth over there!  Can I have a glass of cabernet with a coke chaser??

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Deb, The place looks just gorgeous, I would have gotten excited about it as well....I'm sure you'll find something you love just as much very soon....and the boat will come with it! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

Robert, I'm afraid it might be quicksand...ick. I was so sad but there are reasons for everything. I will find another "perfect" place.

Michelle, they say you can't read a book by its cover! Or a depth by a body of water....man, I began thinking...what if they lied to us so we wouldn't buy it? hum. bad thought.

Lindsey, I have learned to be to trusting and never to "assume" anything.

Tom, I'm afraid the chiggers would carry you away in the middle of the night. The fields had been mowed down but the grass was still almost a foot deep...that's what was with all the bugs. yuk.

Hi Liz! I will get over to Popeye later I promise...I just started getting ahead of myself!

Cristal, can you believe that price? Whoa, not bad. It is tempting without being able to boat.

Kathy, they (chiggers) don't usually bother you unless you roll around in the grass...it's just that this land had not been mowed recently, had horses and no civilization! You can rid yourself or your yard of them...really. I wouldn't even walk outside if they were normal!

Jesse, I wish I could find prices based on 15 years ago! I'm glad you found your haven. I'm so in the mood to move.

Susan, Jesse, now it's not as bad as you think. It isn't an all day every day occurance and Susan I was wondering about that echoing screetch...was that you?

Don't worry, I'm too much of a "girl" for all that. Although we had chiggers in Indiana too when I was a child and was still slathering myself with nail polish. My idea of camping out now is a fine hotel.

Melanie, it was a BIG letdown. We were ready to go for it!

Rich, I may regret not buying it one of these days. Who knows? If I just had a crystal ball!

Cabernet sounds wonderful! No coke.

Carole, it was so pristine, quiet and natural. I could have spent a great deal of think time there.

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

Here ya go Susan, Deb.  This should put us in a good mood.

Deb, I had to laugh at your camping comment.. Our hotel now travels with us.  As for 1993 prices... believe me I kicked and screamed over the price we paid.  15 years later and I could sell one 1 acre lot for what we paid for the whole 30 acres.  That said I wouldn't have paid diddly for it if it wasn't deep water.

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

Jesse, see? You're right about the deep water. It doesn't do any good to just look at it. BTW, Susan isn't this a gentleman to deliver us this wonderful glass of wine? He almost makes me forget about the oooohhhh...I can't name them...well, you know. They are all gone and I am ready to celebrate! Jesse, here's to you dear sir and to your incredible investment and to Susan and NO BUGS!

 

 

Cheers! Yum, yum.

 

Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 10 years ago

WoHoo.... I'll drink to no bugs. I don't like bugs or snakes... or now, thanks to Mike in Tuscon, Gila Monsters.  I mean, seriously... no thanks. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the wine Jesse and Deb.  Gotta love people who can appreciate a glass or two of cabernet! I'm feeling itchy though... you don't think the chiggers are here too, do you?

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

That's still a beautiful piece of property and view even if you can't float a boat on it.

Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) about 10 years ago

Hi Deb...Do you find this often happens for your clients?  It does with mine.  Most have an idea, when they come here for the first time, that they will be able to purchase an absolutely gorgeous waterfront lot with lots of privacy, spectacular views, loads of shoreline and yes, they are willing to go as high as $200,000 maybe even $250,000.  For those with a little better grasp of the situation, they will say $300,000.

Cannot be done.  It will cost anywhere from $400,000 and on up even in this market. 

Here's to more reasonably priced waterfront!  I hope you two find yours!

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 10 years ago

Deb - Daytona was GREAT - I blogged about it so you should go check that out. In the meantime - sorry about your land :(

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

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