Lillium Brook Parcel A

  • 5.07 acres
  • Texas County, Missouri
  • $Sold / $
  • 364.12
  • per month

Property Details

If you lived at Lillium Brook Parcel A, you'd be home now. The parcel begins just as the road starts to bend to the right.
Here's the opposite view facing back to where the last picture was taken.
We had a large pile of tree roots and stumps that got too covered in dirt to burn, so we spread that dirt out here, and covered it with hay. Should be grass in a few weeks. Note the electric meter box.
This is an excellent representation of the back half of the property. There's a second small creek about 200 feet from here.
Here's what you can make of that dense vegetation shown in the last photo with just a chain saw and a little exercise.
Here’s a little pond that sits just off the southwest corner. It is filled with willow, cat tails, lovely green algae, and a small amount of water.
This little creek runs north, following the west boundary of the property.
Here's the nice, level area where the driveway ends.
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Lillium Brook Parcel A

  • Grid Electric and Phone
  • Two Small Creeks
  • Easy Access
  • No Mobile Homes

Today, we have a uniquely attractive five-acre parcel of land to tell you about. Unfortunately, for you, there’s quite a lot to tell. So you may want to find a comfortable chair.

The Saga of Lillium Brook Parcel A

I have been personally acquainted with This Week’s Featured Property—five acres of dense, eastern-red-cedar forest—since it was a meadow. This forest is now so dense that I can only describe the back half of the property from my memory, as the woods are now too thick and I am far too lazy (as well as somewhat of a sissy) to want to thrash my way through it with a machete.

But that’s only part of the story. Years—and I mean years—ago, we sold this property to an old gentleman who built a small cabin on it. Back then, we had most of the same rules regarding the property that we do now, but being naive, in addition to lazy and timid, we didn’t actually make any effort to determine whether our rules were being followed. Dan was friendly and quiet, always paid his bill on time, and when I had occasion to work at that location, we always had a nice chat. So I considered him a friend and wanted to respect his privacy, so I never actually went down to the cabin. This went on for years.

Then one day, Christi brought it to my attention that we hadn’t received a payment from Dan for quite some time, and upon investigation, I discovered that he had just up and left the area without leaving a forwarding address. In cases such as this, we never know exactly what to think. Was Dan hiding out from the Mafia? Had he discovered a septuagenarian romance? I wanted to give him more time to catch up on his payments if he was in dire straits.

We were able to trace him to a trailer park in the southwest, where the trail went cold. I spent a short time imagining perhaps that Dan had contracted a fatal disease and gone off somewhere to die like an old elephant, and because he and I were such good buddies, he was abandoning his considerable equity in the property to me. (I mentioned the naivete, right?)

So then, it behooved me to visit the property and discover what I’d inherited. I remembered the parcel as one of the nicer five-acre tracts we’ve ever had: two pretty little creeks, lots of level land at the end of a short, good road near pavement (or if you’re a city person: a long, awful road, miles away from anything). It’s half a mile from Missouri State Highway 137.

First of all, the tiny cedar trees that dotted the meadow in a previous decade were now all about 20 feet tall and spaced so closely that they were shading out the grass. No surprise there; if you don’t mow a field at least annually, it becomes a forest quicker than most folks realize. Then, when I wandered through the darkened path to the cabin, I discovered why Dan had decided to walk away from everything he’d accumulated over the years.

Apparently, Dan had been attempting to corner the market in plastic milk jugs. I’m certain he must have strong teeth and bones, wherever he is, because it appears that he must drink four gallons of milk every day, and when he finishes one, he tosses the empty jug out the window into a pile. What I beheld was, not so much a pile, as a small mountain. Oh, there was other stuff too, lots of other stuff: a couple of dead trucks, a deceased motor scooter, old tires, broken tools, junk of every type and degree, but it was the milk jugs that were seemingly everywhere; like stars in the sky, only closer together. There were truckloads of them. First, we tried picking them up by hand, but at the end of the day, it looked a lot like it did at the beginning of the morning. “What’s the opposite of lactose intolerant?” we wondered, dazed, demoralized, and reeking of soured milk.

So the decision was made to move our bulldozer to the location. First, we bulldozed the cabin and the junk into one mound and burned it. Then, we cleared out an area big enough for a building spot and a large lawn. Next, we picked up the place again and buried everything that wouldn’t burn and covered the resulting bare dirt with Bermuda grass hay, and finally, we seeded the whole thing in clover and fescue, which is just beginning to germinate now.

Between diesel fuel, dumping fees, and labor costs, we spent a few thousand dollars. (Let me add here that our contract now requires you to subscribe to a local trash service if you’re living on the property.)

But! In return, it’s a more attractive parcel than ever and it’s ready for you to move in. We cleared a path to the first creek, trimmed the lower limbs off of several of the trees we left, and we applied four truckloads of crushed rock to the access road.

However, the whole back half of the parcel is currently a mystery. I’ve got some old photos from the late 90s showing the second little creek that runs through that area, and the last time I visited the northwest corner of the property (about forty years ago), I found an old split-rail fence that was ancient back then. See if it’s still there.

A lot of the cedar trees are 8-15 inches in diameter. If you cut the lower limbs off, the results are quite nice, giving a park-like feeling. Or, if you want to just leave them alone, they’ll probably be tall enough that you can walk through them without trimming in another decade or so. Either way you want to go, this is a very pretty, peaceful, end-of-the-road place to live. There’s grid electricity and a nice cleared area for your portable cabin or larger abode.

It’s somewhat rare to find a small parcel with a reliable creek on it, much less two of them, so it will be a while before you’re offered one again. Please do check out the maps, photos, and driving directions below this menu. We think you’ll be impressed.
  • 5.07 Acres

Legal Description
  • LILLIUM BROOK PARCEL A: All of the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 29 North, Range 8 West

  • We will pass Fee Simple Title to the purchaser conveying 100% of the ownership of the property including all timber, mineral and water rights.  We own this property free and clear of all tax liens, judgments mortgages or other encumbrances.  As a purchaser, you are not assuming any existing liens.  We will record a Warranty Deed to the property in your name after you have made six monthly payments.

    • Access via deeded easement from Missouri Hwy. 137.

  • Water:
    • We do not supply water or water systems to any of these properties. Purchasers of these parcels need to arrange to drill their own private water well. For information on drilling procedures you should contact local well-drillers. Current prices charged by local well-drillers run around $8 per foot to drill and $9-13 per foot to install a 6-inch casing. Missouri law requires a minimum of 80 feet of casing in all locations and more in some. The estimated cost of a complete well, casing and pump system in this area is $7,500. Permits are not required to drill water wells for single-family dwellings; however, you are required to hire a state-licensed well-driller.
  • Electric:
    • Electrical service is adjacent to the property. Commercial electricity is provided to the area by: Intercounty Electric Cooperative in Licking, MO, 1-866-621-3679. Check with Intercounty for their latest policy on extending power.
  • Telephone and Internet:
  • Septic:
    • We do not provide any means of sewage disposal for these properties. Being in a rural area, the most common methods of sewage disposal are by individual on-site septic tanks, however composting toilets are permitted.
    • The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has given general approval for this usage of this site for individual sewage treatment systems.
    • Septic systems must be constructed in accordance with County and State standards, and you must obtain permission from the Texas County Health Department, 950 N. Highway 63, Houston, MO 65483, (417) 967-4131 to install a septic tank. The average cost of a septic tank and drain field is $3500.
  • Gas:
    • Propane gas is available from local dealers.
  • Mail Delivery:
    • Mail is delivered to Lillium Brook on Highway 137.  To establish a mailbox there, contact the postmaster at the Houston, Missouri Post Office.

    Deed Restrictions:

    These five restrictions apply to all of our older locations.

    1. No buildings shall be constructed closer than 100 ft. from a roadway or 30 ft. from a boundary. (This may be adjusted in certain locations.)

      Explanation: buildings placed closer can cause situations that interfere with road maintenance and utility transmission.

    2. No refuse, debris, unused building materials nor derelict vehicles shall be allowed to collect on the premises.

      Explanation: piles of junk are not only unsightly, but tend to spread to adjoining vacant parcels. Dead cars and junk make it harder for us to sell adjacent properties, or for you to sell yours.

    3. You may keep whatever livestock or pets you wish so long as they are not allowed to create a nuisance to neighboring landowners.

      Explanation: this probably means that if you want to keep pigs in the most common fashion, you need a parcel of at least 5 acres with a back corner located away from anyone else's home. Lots of barking dogs may also cause you problems depending on the size of your parcel and how you locate your facilities.

    4. No parcel shall be further subdivided.

      Explanation: you may build more than one residence on a single parcel, but you may not deed away a part of the parcel to someone else.

    5. All wastewater treatment facilities shall be constructed in accordance with applicable state water quality standards.

      Explanation: if you plan to construct an in-ground septic system, it must meet state standards. We find that the typical state-approved septic system will cost upwards of $3,000 for labor and materials. Additionally, the state says that any septic system on less than three acres be built to Missouri Department of Natural Resources specifications. Parcels of 5 acres or greater are virtually unrestricted. Since they do not endanger the ground-water, composting toilets are not restricted.

    Deed restrictions are restrictions on this property which have been recorded with the county, and which will remain in effect even when the property changes hands. This does not mean that our contract, which expires when you no longer owe us money, does not contain certain requirements in addition to these.
    • $75 (estimate)

    Building codes and/or permits:
    • Texas County does not issue building permits and no building codes are in effect. The County Health Department must approve your septic system
From Houston, Missouri the easiest way to get to the property is by taking Highway 17 east to Highway 137, then south about 5 miles to the access road. There are telephone relay boxes and several mailboxes there, on the west side of the highway (which, if you’ve done everything right so far, will be on your right). Turn in there and follow the road straight back, across a small brook, for 4/10ths mile to where the road makes a right-angle bend to the right. Follow that about 660 feet to where the comes to a “T” and take the left fork. In 330 feet the parcel begins at the survey stake on your right.

From Cabool, Missouri take US Highway 63 northeast to H Highway, then east 18 miles to Highway 137. The access road is exactly 1 mile north of the intersection of Highways 137 and H. There are telephone relay boxes and several mailboxes there, on the west side of the highway (which, if you’ve done everything right so far, will be on your left). Turn in there and follow the road straight back, across a small brook, for 4/10ths mile to where the road makes a right-angle bend to the right. Follow that about 660 feet to where the comes to a “T” and take the left fork. In 330 feet the parcel begins at the survey stake on your right.

No Down Payment - Warranty Deed after Six Months

Welcome to where, since 1982, we have dedicated ourselves to making Ozark Mountain land available to anyone who sincerely wants to own it, on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t need to make a sizeable down payment, or any down payment at all—just start making the monthly payments.

All of the properties we sell are owned by us, free and clear. That means that when we pass title to you, you don't need to worry that some disinterested third party—such as a bank—may own an interest in the property. This is frequently not the case in the real estate world at large.

We give you a Warranty Deed guaranteeing the title—no lease-options, no long-term land contracts, but fee-simple title to the property after only six months' timely payments.

All of the properties featured in our inventory are available to you via our very liberal financing plan. In fact, we’ll finance your whole land purchase with less paperwork and frustration than you'd experience buying a used car, and with no hidden expenses and one low-interest rate that’s remained unchanged since 1982.

We'll set up a contract with you in return for one monthly payment. After six monthly payments, we give you a Warranty Deed to the property, and we hold a Deed of Trust and Quit-Claim Deed as security. We record the deeds at the county courthouse at our expense, and we pay all closing costs.

There are no penalties for pre-payment.

Terms are 9% simple interest for 15 years.

Check out the "How It Works" page for more information.

  • House
  • 364.12 Bedrooms
  • 35900 Bathrooms
  • 5.07 acres