We frequently receive calls from buyers looking for a house with land close to Athens. We always ask “how much land?” because that may mean 1/2 acre for someone moving from a densely populated city to 50 acres from someone needing land for a business.
Privacy is another request we get pretty often. That one is more difficult since we don’t have a way to search for “privacy” unless it is listed in the remarks on the description of the property. Being familiar with various areas and subdivisions can help to narrow down this search.
Areas to find larger tracts
The most likely areas to find larger tracts (more than 20 acres) is Oglethorpe or Madison Counties. A house with land near Athens that includes a 5-acre tract with a pond may be found in Oconee, but mainly Oglethorpe or north Madison County. This is because there are lower density parcels, especially in south Oconee, Oglethorpe and north Madison.
There are other considerations, such as do you want the land to be open or wooded Clearing wooded land can be a big expense so knowing what’s there can make a big difference.
In Oconee County, there are a few areas with large homes on land. This is typically a 5-10 acre lot with a home over 4,000 sq. ft.
To get an idea of what’s available, take a look at current listings for a house with land near Athens. The search can be refined to exclude or include wooded parcels, chicken houses, water on the property, and other specifications. But, it’s generally a good idea to be open to all options. If it means building a pond or tearing down a chicken house, it may be worth the effort if the price is right!
Often, you will find the land but not like the house. If you have enough land to work for your needs, you may be able to build another home and use the existing house as a rental property, depending on the location of the property. Also, you may like the house but not need so much land. Before you completely dismiss a property, consider the ways you can make it work.