Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Dreaming and Scheming Continues

We have been searching for an option to our dilemma and may have found something.

Our only other option for owning land was the Mississippi Riverwood Association in Otsego.  This was the former KOA which several shareholders went together and purchased years ago.  It is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and is actually closer to the new residence of our kids. 

There is a small swimming pool and playground for the kids. This area is much newer with better shopping and access to my Trader Joe's and Whole Foods stores.

We wasted no time at all in contacting the owners of two of the three properties available.  This is a smaller park and there aren't a lot of choices to pick from.

The first lady we met with had her lot and a fifth wheel for $60,000.  Sounded like a really good deal and we would have considered it except we didn't like the lot at all.  It is right next to the highway and covered with gravel and very sunny.

The other property was a park model right on the banks of the river and went for $98,000.  We didn't even bother calling them as it was more than we wanted to invest.

Then we saw lot 208, for sale for $20,000.  It has grass and lots of big trees, making it very shady and attractive.  It also provides a view of the Mississippi River.  Not a full view, since there is another unit in front of us, but we can see part of the river.  This was the one for us.  We felt it was important to get ahead of the herd that may be leaving this campground next year.

This is our lot.  The trailer belongs to a man currently renting the space, but this is where our new home will be.
Calls were made and arrangements for sending a deposit on the property.  We will meet with the owners early September to finalize the deal.  It is very comforting to know that we own this land and nobody can ever kick us off if there is a sale since the association has to all agree to such a thing.

During one of our stops to look at destination trailers to put on this new lot, we stopped back at "our land" to get some measurements and see it again.  Thankfully, we both still liked what we saw.

Why a destination trailer instead of a park model?  Well, even though they are roughly the same cost there are advantages to having a house on wheels.  As long as it remains under 400 square feet and is mobile it is licensed with the DMV instead of having to pay property taxes.  Oh the things you learn as you delve into these matters.

The hunt is really getting intense now!

Long Live the Queen


  1. A destination trailer is easier to move in case of flooding.

  2. Looks like you found a good solution to losing your other lot option.

  3. Oh my, this looks just lovely. I wish you much good luck with it. Hugs, Edna B.