What elevation is the land at? Once the local meth heads find out about your container it will be emptied so don't store any valuables. If there is any water to be had the pot growers are a consideration too. Grading may require a permit and if you share the road with other land owners, maintenance cost sharing may be an issue as many rural land owners will refuse to share costs if they find you are making improvements on your own dime. Make sure there is deeded access and check the property corners as fences can be off by a lot. Old non-documented easements used by neighbors can be a problem as they may have prescriptive easements. I looked at a large parcel that looked very attractive on paper but a Google Earth view showed multiple easements that made the land virtually unusable.
I assume you have checked the skies at night but I would think there would be monster sky glow to the north and east. As I have found being in a dark blue zone still means a lot of sky glow in certain directions. Consider growth potential as your dark skies may only last a few years.
The skies are decent.
I'll hire the meth heads to do the grading, and set up a barter arrangement with the growers. Call me "Patron".
There's really very little growth potential. County roads are unimproved and twisty. There's no agriculture potential, toxic cleanup concerns for developers, and an inhospitable climate much of the year. Perfect for astronomy, camping, hunting, mining, pagan rites, etc. Not much good for full time living though. Hills cut off any potential light domes. These properties are multiple valleys from developed areas in both the central valley to the east and south tip of silicon valley to the west.
Edited by jrbarnett, 16 August 2014 - 10:12 AM.