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Curious Question

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Offline Casa Grande

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Curious Question
« on: July 23, 2015, 05:26:49 PM »

Would you be interested in renting (nightly/weekly) a 500+ sq ft, 2 bedroom cabin with a flushing toilet, running water (through water collection), an electric swamp cooler, refrigerator and 100% off "the grid" and with an amazing view of the Park sitting on a beautiful 60 acres of a butte that is completely private and moderately difficult to get to (and nearly impossible in the rain without a 4X4)? 

If so, how much would you pay for that experience?

Please, be honest.

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Offline menandlois

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2015, 05:50:34 PM »
How close to the park?  And are there any hiking options on the property or adjacent if not close?

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 05:55:30 PM »
Close to the park?  You are about 20 minutes away from the park boundary via the Terlingua Ranch entrance.  Hiking options locally would be limited to the top of the butte, roughly 100 acres,  but other short hikes below the butte's cliffs may be possible in the future. Hiking opportunities would be limited, but fun for a evening or morning stroll before the day's activities. Good questions.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2015, 06:05:05 PM »
This would be geared to people who may want to experience the Bend's off grid lifestyle. Give people a chance to experience the bend in a way that is different than the lodge, motel, or even backcountry roadside camping. 
 Curious how many of you would be interested.

"Roughing it with a toilet" so to speak. But it wouldn't be for everyone just like backpacking to the South Rim isn't for everyone.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2015, 08:51:40 PM »
I agree 100% that a tiny-house, off-grid experience would be WAY TOO COOL!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2015, 09:34:05 PM »
I like the idea..
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2015, 09:49:24 PM »
this may be apples and oranges but a Casa Grande (pun intended) room at the lodge is $138 per night. Your place has a kitchen ? which is a big plus and the off grid experience. Their place is in the middle of everything which is a plus. I offer this as a  "comp" to go by.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2015, 09:59:44 PM »
The privacy has got the basin beat as well.  Not really competing with them. That's a whole different experience.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2015, 06:31:08 AM »
Does the TR still have a clubhouse with a swimming pool and bar/restaurant of sorts?  I think this was in the main house where the guy that started Shelby Mustang's used to live.   I know for several years back 10-20 years ago they were trying to attract overnight guests by having life music and events at the clubhouse but I think it kept failing.
TR is a bit too remote and too off-grid for most people vacationing in the area so your market niche is limited to those wanting remoteness and an off-grid experience.   If I was thinking about buying any property in TR I would definitely want to rent a place like yours for a few nights to get the feel for what it would be like out there but other than that I would want to stay in the Park or at least down in Terlingua or Study Butte where there is more action and more direct access to the Park.  But I am not part of the market niche seeking off-grid remoteness outside the Park.  TWWG

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2015, 11:51:33 AM »
You can market it as a way to annoy wives.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline menandlois

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2015, 01:38:07 PM »
I could see this as a place for a different niche of folks, who just want some down time, and then to drive the roads in the park.  More of the recreational type user as opposed to the hiker type.  I would guess somewhere in the same range of the Lodge would work for folks like that, as it's a whole house.  Marketing would be difficult probably.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2015, 02:07:07 PM »
Renters could take advantage of the Terlingua Ranch amenitieslike the laundry and restaurant. They have live music every friday and saturday evening and the talent will surprise you.
"Do or Do Not, There Is No Try"
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2015, 03:37:58 PM »
I would be interested for various reasons.  Price? Id say less than $100/night with maybe a weekly discount. That's just me.  I'd prefer less than $80. Really more like $60. I'm not trying to insult, I'm just really cheap.
Can you build a fire?
Can you shoot guns?
Bedding?
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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2015, 03:50:05 PM »
Looking around, the price range appears to be $65-$100. The thing that could really separate is the view and lay of the land. Some of these pictures of properties just show a dusty tract with no scenery. Whenever you advertise it, take good pictures that show off what your have.

Now people I have known who look for places like this typically want an extended stay. I know a couple of people who have gone off the grid for a couple of months to focus on their writing. If you could offer a low monthly rate, you may get some interest.

And advertise on airbnb, as that seems to dominate Google searches for rental property.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2015, 04:17:04 PM »
After camping became difficult I've been looking for places like yours. I have used VRBO to find some off the beaten path places. You should market it to BBC members at first, see how it goes.
 Is there a stove? I would suggest that you have people bring their own sheets/ blankets and towels.

 Homer was in the price range, to me 70/80 per night. At least at first, get some good online reviews, then raise the rates a little. 
 I paid 85 per night for an Airstream in the ghost town, I felt that was reasonable. The weekly discount is a good idea.
 
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