Our internet will go down today for upgrading so I have to make this short…
THE OFFICIAL WELL REPORT.
We received the official Well Report on the wonderful 80 acres in wine country. (If you missed the initial blogpost, click here.)
It was even worse than feared. Instead of 3-4 gallons per minute, it was measured at 2.5. And, full of sulfur.
The sulfur part would have been smelly for sure, but workable with an oxidizing process that you can add to the system. However, 2.5 gallons per minute is just not enough water for us to feel comfortable.
Previously, I had gotten on the phone and called the well-guys in the region.
All of them said that that area has plenty of water. But, it was down deep and full of sulfur. So, if another well was drilled, most likely we would find an abundance, albeit smelly, heap of water.
Hmmmmm. Hubby and I don’t really have the cash to drill another well. And, to be honest, Hubby was not willing to take the chance on his dime.
I wasn’t too keen on the idea either, but I wasn’t worried about finding water.
The other point of my due diligence was the entrance to the property…
I called the Fire Marshall to ask if emergency vehicles could navigate the road to the residence. It is narrow and has extreme curves and uphills.
The Fire Marshall was familiar with the exact location. He’d been there and knew there was a gate code and could almost recall it. I was impressed. You WANT the Fire Marshall to know where you live…
Anyway, I asked about emergency vehicle access and he said he would be willing to come out ‘this afternoon’ (gotta love small town fire departments…) to check it out since he couldn’t remember exactly. But, then he said that the trucks could always cross the front yard neighbor since it was flat there. I told him that a fence had been installed. Hmmmmm. He said he would have to come out.
What stuck out in my mind about the conversation with the local Fire Marshall was his recollection “that the road was not workable during bad weather”. (Yikes!) But again, he wasn’t sure and would happily make a visit if he had the gate code, which we didn’t. (It changes daily, for some reason.)
So, another issue unresolved.
We decided to ask the seller to drill a new well that met the 10 gallons per minute pledge that we had been told when we made our offer. If that was successful, we were going to approach the road issue with the Fire Marshall.
So, armed with the crappy well report, we asked our agent to talk to their agent about drilling another well.
About 12 minutes later (I think the phone wires were burning…), our agent called to say that the seller had blasted an unequivocal NO. He indicated that if the property wasn’t right for us, we should cancel.
OK then. That’s that…
(Having sold a few homes, my gut tells me that he might be sorry – down the road – that he was so quick to send us away. But, I could be wrong.)
So, with sadness, we must continue our search. I figure someone who has lots of money and doesn’t mind drilling a very deep well will come and snatch these 80 acres. I’m guessing that is what the seller believes as well.
On the other hand, I know a vineyard won’t want that acreage without good water and most equestrian people won’t either. Also, the entrance is still an issue…
However, just the size of the land will probably make someone bite. After all, it had only been on the market for 3 days when we snapped it up.
When it is gone, I will be sad. I’ll keep you posted.
ON A HAPPIER NOTE: MORE HARLEY PICS!
These photos were taken after Harley returned home to BHFER from his eye surgery.
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