Thursday, February 13, 2014

Are You A Prepper In The St. Louis Area?

If you are a prepper or suburban homesteader in the St. Louis metro area and are in the market for a new home, I'd like to point out a real estate auction that will be taking place on Thursday, February 20th in O'Fallon, Illinois. The auction is part of a mega auction handled by Adam's Auctions of Belleville, Illinois. The auction flyer can be found here. There is an open house this coming Sunday, February 16th from 12 to 2pm. The house is located at 970 Old Vincennes Trail in O'Fallon.

The house and land belong to the Complementary Spouse's mother who now resides in senior-living apartment. At age 84, it was just too much for her to keep up with. The property consists of a 3 bedroom, 3 full bath brick ranch with a full, finished walk-out basement. It has fireplaces with inserts on both levels. The house is listed as being 4,832 square feet of heated living space. More details on the house are available here.

A virtual tour of the house is available here.

It is situated on 5 acres of partially wooded land on the outskirts of O'Fallon, Illinois. It also has a heated two story outbuilding that has a shop and a two car garage. There is also an old barn at the back of the property which could be torn down or refurbished. At the very least, you could sell the barn wood for decorative uses like picture frames.

Front view of house - picture taken this past Christmas.

The house is surrounded by many farms yet is just around the corner from O'Fallon police department and about a mile from the fire department. A very modern YMCA is in walking distance from the back of the property. It is also about 3.5 miles to the front gate at Scott Air Force Base. Scott is the home to the US Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, and the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

A small stream runs through the property and the property still has a functioning well though it is on city water. In other words, from a prepping standpoint, you have an alternate source of water. The house is heated with propane and there is a large tank. However, you do have the option of connecting to natural gas as a gas line was run on the property after it was built.

When the Complementary Spouse's parents bought this property in 1999, it was supposed to be their dream retirement home. Her mom had a sewing room and lots of space for storage. Her father had his workshop out back, space for a large garden, a private office, and a locked gun room. The house could hold all their three children and all their eight grandchildren comfortably at the holidays. Cancer interrupted those dreams as it is wont to do.

I have spent many a Christmas and summer vacation in this house. I love this house. If I could teleport the house and property to North Carolina, I'd do it in a heart beat. While not perfect, it has all the raw material needed for a suburban homestead - land, trees, water, and space.

If you are interested and have questions, please feel free to pop me an email.

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