Mansions in the boondocks

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I love going to the boondocks to do home inspections because I always find something new.

My inspection in the boondocks a couple of days ago was in an area where I had not been before, so I left early in case I found something to take a picture of.

You know I found things to take pictures of, right?

Following are three boondocks pictures made into Photographic Art. The first two are the same property and taken from the shoulder of the road. The third is a top-of-the-mountain mansion which was for sale, so I wandered around the property taking pictures.

Mansion in the boondocks, San Diego County

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Lonely tree

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Mansion in the boondocks

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The top-of-the-mountain mansion is located in Jamul, about 30 miles east of me. The MLS listing states that it is 3,736 square feet with five bedrooms and three baths. Built in 2000, it is on 5.03 acres of land with a tennis court, a vanishing edge pool, and a 1,600-SF granny flat. The seller really wants to sell it and will consider seller financing or carrying. It’s only $690,000, about $689,900 out of my price range.

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10 thoughts on “Mansions in the boondocks

  1. Boomdeeadda

    Like the no yard work part but who needs a house that big? Pretty darn arid there, would they be on City Water Russel or would they have a Cistern and need water delivered? It seems weird to me that they built a log cabin in the desert. It wouldn’t be my pick at any price.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Most of the rural homes have water wells.

      Back in October 2003, a rural community of 393 homes lost 390 of them in the wildfires. I think something like 80% of them rebuilt using log homes. Log homes are much less expensive than standard construction with bricks and stucco.



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