Let’s face it a house, a piece of land or a ranch, even a farm are a lot of work. You need to work hard to find the right one, you need to work hard to make sure it is exactly what you want and you need to work hard to make sure you are getting value for money.
Then, after you’ve signed the dotted line, you need to work hard to change everything, maintain it and make sure its value keeps on increasing. Given the long list of unremitting toil which I have just glossed over it become shard to imagine why anyone would call a piece or expensive, work-intensive property recreational.
That, of course, is the devil’s advocate game, because after spending a hectic week at work spending the weekend with the most brain-taxing thing to do is deciding where to cast your rod or look for game or drive your huge, inflatable tire four-wheel drive is what the notion of recreational properties are all about.
We are, if we are honest about it, designed to work and happiest when we have to do so, particularly if the work in question involved getting our hands dirty modifying our own property. In these electronic, caffeine-fuelled, stress-filled times we live in, when the globe is small enough for small wars, very far away to have a huge impact on our economy and lifestyle, there is something life-affirming and reassuring in owning your own piece of land and spending your days under open skies mending fences and digging ditches.
This allure explains the rise in the value of recreational properties in Texas and the description is wide enough to include ranches and farms as well as hunting and fishing land, or a combination of a Texas farm or ranch with enough land to have hunting or fishing rights included.
It means when you “get away from it all” you simply shed corporate meetings and Blackberry contacts for a day or two spent nearer Nature and the real world, where the level of a creek’s water flow and the fact that there may or may not be rain on a particular day suddenly become vitally important.
In the 21st century with our electronic, digital always-on society that is a real luxury and the sheer pleasure of it is truly priceless. Now, I’m off to my own Texas recreational property and a well-deserved long weekend.