Another Farm that got Away

Feb 2, 2012 | From France to the Farm | 33 comments

Sigh. Hello and goodbye, farm.








We’ve been FISBO for a couple months with nary a hint of interest in our house.
So next Saturday a Realtor is coming to look at our house.
Like tons of America we are praying that we can get a good enough value of our home to pay capitol gains, the realtor and have a LITTLE bit left over for a down payment.

Double Sigh.
Triple Pray.

These photos are of a farm that I coveted for well over a year.
18 acres and dirt cheep. Alas, not cheap enough when your house hasn’t sold yet.
You may see a dump. I see a new palatte in which to express my creativity, I see a stream (“And a river runs through it”), I see rolling lands, trees, and places to walk on Sunday afternoon.


I visited the website where I found this the other day and it was gone.
But the photos had been saved on my Mac a long time ago and I simply had to share them with you.


  1. Abi

    How sad. ๐Ÿ™ It sure looks pretty!

  2. All Natural Mama

    Well, I have to tell you… I was in your shoes just over a year ago. We had spent a few years looking for a farm of our own to buy, while still living in our house in town. I rented a small amount of farmland while we lived in town, so I could grow & learn while still living in town. Then about 2 years ago my dream place came on the market. A foreclosure…. 11 acres… house in not too bad of shape, outbuildings nice, great land.
    We got it cheap, and so cheap that we were able to buy it while still owning our existing home (which was also inexpensive, we live in a “cheap” are of the midwest).
    Our house in town still hasn’t sold, we’re currently renting it out. We’ve dropped the price so much, it’s now listed at what we paid for it 11 years ago, before putting 20k into it.
    It’s a horrible market. Things are bad!

  3. The Path Traveled

    I’m so sorry! The place looks great to me. Like you said, I see all those things. It would have been beautiful with all your touches. Another one will come along…keep your chin up!

  4. All Natural Mama

    Got your posting on my blog… Yep, we’re in NW Il, near Freeport, which is where I’m originally from. I came across your web site through Maple Valley. Where are you located – you said you’re nearby? You can email me privately if you prefer –
    Our farm web site is
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  5. Cottage Remnant

    Oh what a wonderful house that would of been….such amazing potential….just think how wonderful the one that is “meant” for you will be….
    Be Blessed

  6. ShabbyInTheCity

    We did not get much recently for my aunt’s incredible huge home on beautiful property. A young family got lucky though.
    That place would have been amazing no doubt.

  7. Barbwire Pretty

    I really love your dream farm and I sure hope you are able to get it. It looks like a wonderful place to live with those lovely fields, pond and stream, plus a great old house that doesn’t look like it would break the bank to make it your own.I especially love the old fashion sun porch and the shape isn’t all that far from the shape of all those great square farm houses in France
    Dreams do come true,I know.
    Bernice Audrey

  8. It's me

    It looks great !! …sp pretty !!…love ….xxx…

  9. Sherri

    I hope the Realtor can help you sell your house! I know how frustrating it is when you find a home for sale that you would love and can’t see the one you have! Good luck to you!

  10. Theanne

    a beautiful place…I am sad for you! Definitely a lot of potential!

  11. Sherri Mitchell

    I can see it the way you do. It’s a lovely place….and that stream! The tall grass…You’ll get the farmhouse your meant to have – when it’s meant to be – although that sounds way too corny and philosophical. I know it’s tough to wait and pray, and wait some more, but I promise you, you’ll get there, and it will happen. Maybe not as soon as you hope. That’s the hard part!

    Seriously, I used to hate it when someone said “All in good time”, Or, “Good things come to those who wait”…because I wanted it to happen yesterday, now, right that second…But, alas, it’s true. And with this economy, the waiting is harder.

    I feel your impatience, stress and worry, and your readiness for things to happen quickly. I am rooting for your family!! I believe in miracles. Have faith! xo

  12. WhiteWhispers2u

    It’s Beautiful! What a fabulous place that would be for all your lil ones.When we lived in Montana and needed a quick sale we bought a Catholic candle that was meant for a quick sale.You might google it as I can’t remember what it was called.It worked within weeks of the sale of our home and our friends home.Also full asking price.If you can’t find it let me know and I will find you one.We too would like a farm about now.Best of luck~Cheers Kim

  13. Valerie

    It was beautiful, Ange! I too could see the potential…especially that big ole kitchen! And that stream…*sigh*

    Hang tough! It will happen. The house up the street from me finally sold. It is beautiful…but the market in KC is just so bad…well, even more so in my 1-stoplight little town. But the point is…IT SOLD yesterday! I don’t know the details, but I know that you will make it happen whatever way you can!


  14. Patrice

    I am a farmgirl. That looks like a fun piece of property to fix up.

  15. Di

    I know how you feel, I was looking at a lavendar farm and it got away. But finally our house sold, we are renting a bungalow in NC. So after we reorg. our finances and I get a job and it could go on and on. I am hoping to start looking again. Hang in there! Di@cottage-wishes

  16. WhiteWhispers2u

    Saint Joseph prayer candle it was.I’m not Catholic my friend was but it worked for me~Cheers Kim

  17. Northshore Prep

    I too see the possible in the most impossible real estate. Since hubby and I just sold our house (in Michigan no less), if you haven’t already tried this, we listed our house on craigslist and it sold in 3 days! It was an odd way for me to sell a house – I would rather use a Realtor, but I can say it worked and we did not have any weirdo’s come through. Good luck selling your home – prayers from a far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Ruby Jean

    Oh my I TOTALLY feel your pain… I will have to share our story with you… I will let my husband know and we will certainly keep your Desires and Vision in our prayers… Blessings

  19. Renata

    Oh Sorry to hear this.
    We also brought a farm with a house that needed renovating ~ 4 years later & we’ve barely started because we’ve been working so hard on the farm itself. This year we’ve decided our aim is to have it done by Christmas ( when Dave’s whole family are coming to visit ).
    Keep your head up ~ I’m sure God will arrange everything to fall into place in His timing & for His Will!

  20. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest

    Be still my heart! I see time spent on a forever home that speaks to the heart. And that screened porch!!!! Just imagine the summer meals and morning coffee and evening glass of wine spent there or watching a summer storm. It will come….I promise. xo

  21. Passionedeco...perchรจ le case hanno un'anima

    Oh dear Angela,

    so bad it has gone! That farm looks like Heaven!!

    Well…if it has gone that must mean there’s something better and maybe cheaper waiting for you I think!
    Hold on darlin’!!


  22. Anonymous

    That doesn’t sound right at all about Capitol gains, are you sure about that? The government really wants folks to be buying & selling homes right now and in some instances are even offering incentives……not charging Capitol gains…..check into it.

  23. Auntie Em

    Wow, that home was worth the price just for the screened in porch alone. What a beautiful view!
    Hope your dreams come true soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Ggomez

    The most stressful time is selling and buying houses!!
    Waiting for the house your in to sell makes the heart sick.
    I am sad for you that you missed the farm on the pond! Must be a better one waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Carrie

    Darn! That farm could have been gorgeous had you gotten your hands on it!

  26. Lylah Ledner

    So sorry friend…..sighing with you….

    xoxo lylah

  27. A Cottage Muse

    Oh don’t worry Angela…the perfect place is waiting for you…I believe that!!

  28. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    OH, that farm is beautiful…and I definitely see lots of possibility in that place. I’ll definitely be praying that your house sells, that you’ll get way more than you are asking for it, AND that you can find a new place that will meet your needs and dreams, too ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep us updated on the search ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ God is faithful and HE always does amazing things beyond what we can even ask or think ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Fiona

    It’s definitely a beautiful property but I’m sure there is an even more perfect farm for you coming, at a fabulous price.

  30. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    I admit, my heart swooned a bit for you over that farm when I saw the pictures, but God is never in a hurry. His timing is perfect. Pray, obey, and trust Him and it will happen… the right place at the right time at the right price. And I have no doubt that you can turn a chunk of coal into a diamond! You got a good eye, girl!

  31. Jeanne @ Collage of Life

    Angela..coming to you by way of Sharon @ My French Country Home. You have a wonderful blog…so beautiful and I wish you every success with it. I am sure you will go very far. I read this post and it resonated with me. I read an article in the Financial Times last weekend which I shared with my Facebook friends. I thought you would enjoy it too..

    Best wishes…

    Jeanne xx

  32. arrielle_p

    Wish someday I own a property like this. These property are offering a nice place to stay. ๐Ÿ™‚

    new houses for sale


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