McNinch home and property
About a year ago we made the decision that the time has come to sell our home and property outside of Houghton. We expect it will be listed about mid to late May, unless someone steps up and takes it over before that time.
It is a special place, looking for special owners. If you or someone you know would be interested in it, please have them get in touch with us.
4 miles from downtown Houghton. 5 miles to Tech.
39 acres, of which about 32 is red pine plantation. Slightly rolling terrain.
House was built between 1890 and 1900. Main part of the house is hewn cedar logs.
When we bought the property in 1981, the house had been abandoned since 1949. It was a disaster, but that was during a different housing crisis, so ya did what ya had to do. With the bathroom addition, it's now about 1,200 sq.ft. Plus a 12 x 16 screened in porch and front deck.
The house sits 1/4 mile from the road. We are off the grid, supported by a small solar system and 12vdc battery bank. For 38 years we have not paid UPPCO one dime! (figure out what that is worth)
However, if the new owner is interested, I did get a new estimate from UPPCO on the cost to run the power in. The price today is less than it was in 1981.
Wood heat (3 cd/yr) with gas backup. Gas refrigerator (from the Amish in S. Illinois). Instantaneous hot water heater.
Large wildlife pond. We get sandhills, geese and ducks nesting in the spring (they bring their babies up into the yard). Bitterns show up once in a while. Deer, owls, turkeys, an occasional bear, and this past summer -- a fisher.
Garage (2x6 framed, trusses, metal siding, concrete floor) 32 x 48 (dream come true).
Big established garden. Seasonal fencing.
Side note: We spent years thinking about where heavy rain would end up. We must of got it right. We didn't suffer any damage during the flood of June 2018.
Red Pine Plantation
The big asset is the red pine plantation. Planted in 1953-55, it is now a maturing stand ready to produce power poles for the next 20 years. It has been thinned multiple times, the most recent in 2016, when we harvested the first power poles and culled out everything that wasn't good enough to become a pole into the future. Bell Timber did an assessment in July 2019. Properly managed, it could pay off the better part of a mortgage. If the new owner had the gumption, they could do the harvest themselves and reap even more. Bell Timber will accept sales as small as one truckload -- 38 sticks. And due to supply and demand, if hurricanes keep getting worse, the market price for poles will climb.
The listing price will be $170,000
Get a hold of us for more details.
Peg & Terry McNinch