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Many home buyers dream of living in the country. They are looking for acreage to enjoy tranquility and open spaces.

Typically, suburban lots are only a quarter acre or less. There’s not much room between houses. You will see into your neighbor’s kitchen, hear their speakers blast loud music, and smell burgers burning on their gas grills.

Where can you find acreage – like the lot you see below – near the city?

Acreage is Hard to Find Near the City

Larger lots with nice homes are hard to find near the city or the suburbs. There’s just not enough land for everyone to own a 5-acre estate.

I searched the MLS in northwest Columbus (an area within 30 miles of downtown Columbus north of I-70 and west of I-71 including Delaware and Marysville) for properties on 5 to 10 acre lots. All I found was 30 residential building lots and 46 homes.

​The average list price of a vacant building lot of that size is between $40,000 and $60,000 an acre. The closer to the City, the more expensive.

The Cost of Building Your Home in the Country

Before you can build your custom home, you incur lot preparation costs. This includes obtaining building permits, clearing trees, groundwork to shape the surface, soil tests, connecting utilities, well and septic systems, and your private driveway.

Lot prep can run between $80,000 to $100,000.

Next you have to hire a custom builder, like Diyanni, Bob Webb, 3 Pillar Homes or Romanelli & Hughes. Your typical production (tract) builders like Pulte or M/I Homes won’t build on custom lots.

The average cost of custom homes is $200 per square foot. A 2,500 sqft home will cost roughly $500,000, and it will take 8 to 12 months to build.

A Unique Opportunity

If you are looking for the perfect country home and don’t want to wait a year to move in while spending $180,000 for a lot, $100,000 for ground prep, and $500,000 to build, you need to check out my newest listing, conveniently located 10 minutes from Delaware or Marysville, and 15 minutes from Dublin.

I have a perfect new listing like this, see details here.

Large lots are rare, and acreage will become more expensive as the population of Central Ohio is growing quickly.

Grab this unique opportunity, stop by my open house and find your perfect country estate before it’s gone.

​​Call or text me TODAY at (614) 975-9650 for a private showing if you couldn’t make the Open House!

Susanne Novak has been a Realtor since 2007. She is the broker and owner of RE/MAX 24/7 in the Dublin Historic District. Susanne typically helps 50-60 families each year with their real estate needs. She's your trusted advisor when you search for your dream home, and a skilled negotiator when she lists your property to get top dollar when you sell.

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