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Unexpected Lot (by Deanna [TX]) Oct 9, 2018 2:30 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Deanna [TX]) Oct 9, 2018 2:33 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by razorback_tim [AR]) Oct 9, 2018 4:09 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Richard [MI]) Oct 9, 2018 4:17 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by LindaJ [NY]) Oct 9, 2018 4:37 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Vee [OH]) Oct 9, 2018 4:58 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Chris [CT]) Oct 9, 2018 5:07 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by AllyM [NJ]) Oct 9, 2018 6:34 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Larry [TX]) Oct 9, 2018 6:43 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by fred [CA]) Oct 9, 2018 8:49 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Tom [FL]) Oct 10, 2018 2:41 AM
       Unexpected Lot (by Blue [IL]) Oct 18, 2018 11:32 AM
       Unexpected Lot (by elliot [RI]) Oct 18, 2018 3:57 PM
       Unexpected Lot (by Plenty [MO]) Oct 18, 2018 5:25 PM

Unexpected Lot (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 2:30 PM

So, like we didn't have enough else on our plates, we had a house fall into our laps. I was enthused about it because it wasn't the down-to-the-studs kind of place DH had been picking up as of late-- and I needed something that was a $6k project rather than a $40k project, just for a change of pace.

The house we bought was on the southeast corner lot of a particular block. It had a nice, big privacy fence-- which was cool, because the house to the north of it was abandoned (but kept up) and the vacant lot behind it was overgrown with cane and weeds and stuff, so at least you didn't have to look at it...

The neighbor behind us, on the southwest corner lot, was mowing the street while our yard guy was trimming trees, and our handyguys were doing some garage roof repairs... So DH and I took a walk over to go say hi and thank him for helping us keep the area tidy, because the seller had let it descend into Amazon-jungle status, and we were already $250 into a $700 yard guy bill to get rid of all the neglect...

It was in talking to him that we realized the overgrown lot full of cane and weeds and stuff was actually part of the lot we had just purchased.


They had randomly thrown the privacy fence up at the 145' mark, but there was another 65' worth of parcel on the other side of the fence that had also conveyed to us.


So, now we have an extra lot, about 65' wide and 105' deep. And since it's way on the other side of this privacy fence, we can't do the usual "the tenant is responsible for maintaining the yard" thing.

I'd totally throw some chickens onto it. Or a pig. Or something. But alas, livestock's not allowed within the city limits.

So--- I've got this lot that I need to maintain, if only to discourage the 6' rattlesnakes from getting too cozy in the neighborhood. (And the smaller ones, too.)

If you had a residential 65'x105' lot, and, say, a budget of $20k max, what would you do with it to make it a useful addition? --96.46.xxx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 2:33 PM

Oh-- just for kicks, I went ahead and threw up a satellite image with the boundaries marked in my photo album. It's the first pic. --96.46.xxx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 4:09 PM

Does this town allow mobiles?

If so can you rent the lot for that?

Or put one on it and rent mobile?

Move a house in?

Storage units? --70.178.x.xx

Unexpected Lot (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 4:17 PM

Good job!


1) Sell lot to neighbor. Have neighbor pay for survey.

2) Put pole barn/garage on lot. Separate driveway. Use as storage for materials.

3) Same as 2. Rent it to somebody or Sell it.

4. Put used mobile home on lot (if ok with building and zoning). Sell or rent it. --23.121.xx.xxx

Unexpected Lot (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 4:37 PM

With street access! Check with zoning regs, but I would do a small accessory apartment in our area. Separate building small apartment its own access. Could be sold as an in law apartment, or granny apartment with the original building later. Bringing in more money monthly for now.

An artist studio, at home work office. Garage / barn storage for you. community garden plot. --108.44.xx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 4:58 PM

I would get something there you can store large items, could be your lawnmower repair shed, staging area for windows - flooring as the projects go along. --76.188.xxx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by Chris [CT]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 5:07 PM

If you can't split it off to build a house I would just clear it and plant grass. More to mow but oh well. --24.187.xxx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 6:34 PM

Bocce court. Clay tennis court. --73.178.xxx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by Larry [TX]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 6:43 PM

You can give the lot to me.... just kidding, if your town allows mobiles I would do that. I do really well with my mobile. Homes. You can pick up a nice used one really cheap. --73.166.xxx.xxx

Unexpected Lot (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 8:49 PM

I wish I had your dilemma. --99.59.x.xxx

Unexpected Lot (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2018 2:41 AM


Clean it up. So the grass can be cut.

Does the City Permit a mobile home on the lot?

Tiny House? Does the city have a limit on the size of house AND does it have a limit on the number of units on the lot? A tiny duplex or two separate tiny houses on the lot. --99.56.xx.xx

Unexpected Lot (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Oct 18, 2018 11:32 AM

If it's not landlocked, give it to Habitat.

We had an extra lot come with a house we bought. Ended up giving it to the local High School building class. They will build a house on it, eventually; and take care of the mowing until then..

It was costing $900/yr to have it mowed. Tried to sell it, tried to give it to either of the neighbors, Habitat didn't want it. --66.128.xx.xxx

Unexpected Lot (by elliot [RI]) Posted on: Oct 18, 2018 3:57 PM

That is bigger than most our city lots (we have many 3 families on a 5000 sqft lot).

A gigantic garage would be nice.. --71.232.xxx.xxx

Unexpected Lot (by Plenty [MO]) Posted on: Oct 18, 2018 5:25 PM

Car wash? Accessory building for sure. --99.203.xxx.x

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