Let’s talk dirt.

Louise Barnum - walking the land

I'll walk a property with you to get a feel
for what makes it a special place.

It takes a while, walking the land to get a feel for its special qualities. Armed with a picnic basket full of goodies, we will stop and survey — with an eye for sun and shade, a feel for the evening breezes, and a vision of how you will raise a family, or find solitude, or build a community there.

Land has a presence, whether it’s an in-town fill lot with a mountain goat slope or a development tract deserving a conservation easement. My task in working with you, whether you're a buyer or seller, is to uncover the mysteries — and realities — of a parcel of land to make sure that your needs are met. Here are some of the issues we'll cover:

  • Does the land “perk” or are there public services?
  • Are there easements existing on the land?
  • What restrictions are placed on the land by zoning, covenant, or deed?
  • What is the likelihood of major change happening near this property?

From 1978 to 1999, my husband and  I built our home from scratch, as the contractor and laborer.  In 2004, my husband and I restored a wonderful old place in Silk Hope. With over 30 years of hands-on building experience, I'm glad to share my knowledge as well as my stories of potential pitfalls. My list of reliable trades people is available.

Finding your place.

Each of us has our own need for space in an environment that nurtures, whether it’s an R7.5 building lot with enough room for a few herbs or on-and-on acres. To find the place that is right for you, we’ll have several conversations before we get quiet and walk. Who knows — the land may have something to say as well.