The Land - Get Outdoors & Take Time to Enjoy it in 2019

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Star View Real Estate CO: II100035296

Have you ever heard a line in a movie that just kind of stuck with you, even years after you read a book or watched a movie?    For me, in Margaret Mitchell's, "Gone With the Wind," Gerald O'Hara made a comment to his daughter Scarlet about land, early in the story.  For whatever reason, his comment to was seared into my memory as if he spoke it to me. 

He said:   

“The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it's the only thing that lasts."

Sometimes, I wonder if Gerald O'Hara's comment is what made me fall in love with selling rural real estate.   


I have been a real estate agent for well over 15 years.  (I stopped counting at 15 years because a higher number of years of experience simply makes me feel like I am getting old.)   Anyway, over the years, I have had the opportunity to see many houses.   Some houses have been well cared for and stood the test of time.   Others haven't.    Some have burned down.  In all honestly, it would be best if other dilapidate homes did burn down. Some houses are torn down to make way for new structures.     Unless they are well cared for and not in an area that is getting redeveloped, houses can potentially come and go.   


Yet often, in most cases land lasts.   The exception would be ocean front property or land along rivers and water ways.  That land may wash and erode.  Yet those types of properties tend to be more of the exception rather than the rule for most of us in the United States.  

Horse in Elbert,  Colorado pasture photographed by Sondra Meyer


As we start 2019, I would like to challenge each of you to take some time to get out and enjoy the land that surrounds you.   It might be the land in your backyard or a neighborhood park.  It might be land that belongs to a farmer, rancher or conservationist in your area.   The land may have beautiful flower gardens.  It may be a grassy field.   It could be covered with trees.   It could be a mountain side.    Regardless, look and find the beauty that surrounds you.    


If you dream of owning your own piece of land, maybe 2019 will be the year to make that dream come true.   


Sondra Meyer

Star View Real Estate

Colorado Horse & Country Property Specialist


Colorado. See It. Experience It. Live It


Note:  All photographs taken by Sondra Meyer and can not be used without written permission. 



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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I totally agree with the "let's get outdoors" theme! My husband and I purchased land in Montana a few years ago and if all goes according to plan, this is the year we move out there. Colorado land is amazing as well!

Jan 01, 2019 03:25 AM #1
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Nice to see you Sondra on the first day of 2019. That is a wonderful way to start a New Year. Enjoying the great outdoors. It is good for us in so many ways. Wishing you much happiness in this New Year. Hope I get to visit you in this New Year.

Jan 01, 2019 04:16 AM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wishing you and your family happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

Jan 01, 2019 06:00 AM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Happy New Year Sondra!
The land is inspiring and it is so interesting to see what kind of land appeals to different people.  Sometimes I think we get so busy, we forget to slow down and ponder the wonderment of it all.  I find myself taking fewer pictures these days because I want to focus on having the experience and internalizing it instead of trying to capture it to share with others... which is never the same anyway. 

Hoping 2019 is a happy, healthy, prosperous year for you!

Jan 01, 2019 08:33 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

And, some of those land deals can make your year!

Jan 01, 2019 01:48 PM #5
Dale Poll
Dale Poll Photography - Colorado Springs, CO

Hi Sondra, I'm particularly partial to the first image in your most excellent post. Getting out with the camera, what a great idea. Happy New Year!


Jan 01, 2019 04:38 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sondra, great post, and getting out into nature is such a joy, but not when the temps are below zero!   Have a relo buyer coming in later this month looking for acreage - will be fun.  Happy New Year!  

Jan 02, 2019 06:18 AM #7
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Sondra, thanks for this invitation to look at the land! It came at a very timely moment for me. 

Jan 02, 2019 07:44 AM #8
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nice quote that stuck with you. Mine from Gone with the Wind is Scarlet, after pulling a partially rotten potato from the ground, saying defiantly "as God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." (or words to that effect.)

As a hiker and devotee of park lands (both urban and rural) and wilderness areas, I agree that we have beauty all around us. I hiked in some today.

Jan 03, 2019 08:42 PM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I couldn't live without some land - to grow things, to have peace and privacy. Love your pictures.

Jan 25, 2019 01:28 AM #10
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