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Ever dream of living a peaceful, simple life off the grid? Or maybe you seek to live in a dwelling that is equipped with electrical utility service? Then this mixed use residential, recreational, and farm property is for you! Zoned for agricultural use, this 43.54 acre property, once the site of the Sweet Owen Campground, provides many opportunities to fully experience this lifestyle just minutes north of Spencer, Indiana, in beautiful Owen County. The tract contains 35 acres of beautiful woodlands, 26 of which are under forest reserve classification, perfect for hiking trails and bird watching. The woodlands were selectively logged in 2014. It serves as a forest habitat boasting tulip poplars, red oaks, beech, walnut, and sugar maples. To say that it hosts trophy whitetail deer, turkey, and small game would be an understatement! The homestead and related outbuildings are situated adjacent to a 5-acre pasture, which allows you to grow your own vegetables or easily maintain livestock. The 1,144- sf dwelling can easily be converted to provide electrical service via a 200-amp box. Electrical utility service is provided by SCI REMC. If living naturally off the grid isn't for you, the house can be supplied with electrical power in less than an hour. Although the dwelling is currently occupied with a tenant, the landlord has arranged for the prospective buyer to gain occupancy immediately following closing if desired. An Amish-built 48x56 pole barn is the perfect place to store all farm equipment, as well as home grown hay. It also provides ample room for the much-needed workshop. Also on-site is an 864 sf greenhouse, which the current owner has used year-round to grow and maintain vegetables. The farm also includes an 11x32 cabin equipped with 100 amp service, propane heat, hot water, and a restroom. This dwelling is also occupied by a tenant. A 13x21 woodshed is also on-site. However, the most intriguing structure on the farm is the 12x12 solar building. For many years this state-of-the-art solar power system has served as the primary source of power supporting the farm. Supported by (8) 230-watt solar panels (1840 total watts), this system also includes (8) L16 batteries that serve as a back-up reserve power source. The system also includes an electric-start 2500 watt generator that can be activated if needed during a long stretch of consecutive cloudy days. The generator serves two distinct purposes: 1) to supply power to the farm when needed, and 2) to recharge the batteries as needed. This power source hasbeen designed to supply power to the home, the pole building, and the bunkhouse. So no electricity bill every month! The dwelling is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1144 sf manufactured home that could easily be converted back to having conventional electrical and heating systems if desired (see above). The owner has added a 26x32 multi-purpose room on the end that houses the wood-burning water heating system. Water is heated via a wood-burning unit, where the water flows into the main 40-gal holding tank. The water is then diverted into a 120-gal auxiliary pressurized holding tank. So if you've ever dreamed of living and experiencing a truly satisfying, simple, peaceful life away from the hustle and bustle of suburban living, this is your chance. Call Mark Boswell at 765-720-2166 for a private showing. This beautiful farm is move-in ready for you!