Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Posted March 29, 2019 at 5:44 am by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son shares some more real estate info with you…

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Wells on the Shore­line in San Juan County

Even though I have been in this busi­ness for 24 years, on almost every trans­ac­tion I learn some­thing new. Dur­ing 2018, I learned how dif­fi­cult it is to devel­op a res­i­den­tial home on water­front lot that is reliant upon a pri­vate water system.

As in the case of most water­front lots with a pri­vate sys­tem, the well was locat­ed with­in 1000 feet of the shore­line and there­fore trig­gered more reg­u­la­tions. This 2‑party well sys­tem was shared with an exist­ing inte­ri­or water view home and the pro­posed home planned for the water­front lot.

The County’s reg­u­la­tions include a review of the dis­tance to the shore­line, lot size, sta­t­ic water lev­el in the well and chlo­ride con­cen­tra­tions. Based on all cri­te­ria, the Coun­ty will deter­mine if a hydro­ge­o­log­i­cal site eval­u­a­tion will be required.   (A drawn-down on the well)

The escrow on this trans­ac­tion was over 12 months and the buy­er spent tens of thou­sands of dol­lars dur­ing their fea­si­bil­i­ty study pri­or to clos­ing to inves­ti­gate the suit­abil­i­ty of the lot.

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