Madison Georgia is a rural oasis – just an hour east of the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, just a short drive from the gated golf communities on Lake Oconee, half an hour south of Athens, home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia’s Piedmont is fast becoming the hub of the local food movement. Here in Madison and Morgan County in the heart of the Piedmont, the Madison-Morgan Conservancy is supporting commodity farming as well as the production of local and organic meats, eggs, vegetables, and associated farm products.
You know you live in a special place when the Long Term Planning Committee you sit on chooses “preserving our agricultural heritage” as one of its top three priorities, along with investing in infrastructure and promoting job growth.
I’ve been helping families choose farms in Madison Georgia and surrounding area for a decade now, and one thing I’ve learned is that families choosing rural life have one big decision to make:
Is it better to Buy a farm or Build a farm?
- When you build a farm, you may start out with bare land, or with a home on some acreage but not much else. Building a farm begins with a lower initial purchase price, and then you add the improvements you want: home, outbuildings, fencing, perhaps a pool, raised beds, fruit or flowering trees. Each addition comes with a price measured in both time and money. But you get the satisfaction of creating the farm of your dreams.
- When you buy a farm, the upfront cost will be higher, because you’ll be buying both land and improvements. One of the downfalls of buying a farm is that the improvements reflect the vision of the current owner – given a blank slate you may have made other choices. But the advantage of buying a developed farm means you can begin enjoying your farm on day one and you can finance the improvements at today’s low mortgage rates.
But we all found our way here, because we love living in a place that protects its historic and cultural resources, promotes sustainable farming, and plans to have clean air and abundant water for generations to come.
And we love looking at beautiful farms…
If you’re ready to turn dreams into reality, contact me today and we’ll begin the search for the farm you’ll call home.