The Pros and Cons of Owning a Home in the Wilderness

Categories: Homes / Dwellings

Wilderness area lands in the United States can be breathtaking: fresh air, clean water, quiet days and nights, animals and plants you’ll never see in the city.

But these areas also differ in terms of amenities, access to wildlife and property restrictions.

If you’re buying a wilderness property for fun and as an investment, consider how the pros and cons will impact your ability to rent or sell in the future.


In some areas, local and national laws restrict amenities. Investigate which facilities are available in any area you are planning to invest in. Never buy a property you haven’t personally visited.

Pros: Wilderness areas often offer hiking, fishing, cycling, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Some wilderness areas will have ski facilities as well as boating and guided tours. Perks like these will make your property attractive to potential buyers and renters.

Cons: Some homes come without amenities you may consider basics: sewage pipes, fresh water, electricity, heating systems and Internet access. Hospitals, stores, schools or equipment rental could be miles away. If your property is far from police and fire service access, that could impact your insurance policy costs.


In wilderness areas, you’ll feel the effects of the weather more acutely than in the city. Consider how easy or difficult it may be to keep a wilderness home in good condition.

Pros: The sense of being at one with nature. Many potential renters will be attracted to the idea of vacationing in the wild.

Cons: How will heavy snows affect the condition of your property—and your access? Will you need to invest in a snowmobile? How about strong winds and heavy rains? Could the property flood? How often do forest fires rage? Do any seasons render the property uninhabitable? How will your insurance be affected by all this?

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