We are currently searching for a small acreage. Given these two options, which one would you be inclined to go for and why?
Both properties are similar sized and priced, the houses are comparable in terms of size and fitting our needs.
Property A is fully fenced with a 100x200 sand ring, 2 pastures, very usable 3 stall barn with attached runs. Also has an in-laws suite attached to a workshop. On a quiet dead end road that connects to a busy main road so would have to haul out for trails.
Property B is mostly treed aside from the nicely landscaped yard. Not set up for horses at all, but is walking/riding distance along a quiet road to a large nature reserve with a wonderful trail network, including well maintained horse trails. DH loves those trails and currently drives there several times a week to go running.
I currently have access to trails from the barn I board at and we head out at least once a week. I don’t know that we would get out as much if I had to trailer out. Having access to trails is the dream, but having to clear land and put in a barn and ring is daunting and expensive.
We will probably keep looking but curious to hear thoughts on the above trade offs.