When a home on a large lot somewhere in the ‘burbs doesn’t scratch your itch, what’s next?

There’s alway a cabin up north (it IS Minnesota, after all).

Other alternatives include a vacation timeshare; a 2nd home in another part of the country; or simply increased travel — at least, once pandemic-related travel restrictions ease.

But, for people who have the means, a green thumb (imagined or not), and love animals, a hobby farm might better fit the bill.

Exactly what’s that?

Here are my five criteria:

One. Size: 5-20 acres (over 20 acres is more properly considered a commercial farm (a “farm farm”).
Two. The land is mostly arable (vs. wetlands);
Three. There is an existing home that’s decent-sized but not gargantuan, and appears to be in (at least) good condition.
Four. Location: < 1 hour of the Twin Cities.
Five. Price < $1M.

Too complicated?

Just search “hobby farm” on MLS (or, have your Realtor do it 🙂) . . .

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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