Land,lots, or acreage San Antonio Texas Real Estate for Sale
San Antonio is full of land, lots, or acreages for sale. The San Antonio Area is very large and there is great deal of land, lots, or acreages. Most of the land, lots, or acreages for sale is away from the City of San Antonio, and the further away you get from the urban areas the cheaper the land, lots, or acreages.
Land, lots, and acreages facts
In real estate, a lot or acreage is a tract or parcel of land owned or meant to be owned by some owner(s). A lot or acreage is essentially considered a parcel of real property in some countries or immovable property (meaning practically the same thing) in other countries. Possible owner(s) of a lot or acreage can be one or more person(s) or another legal entity, such as a company/corporation, organization, government, or trust. A common form of ownership of a lot or acreage is called fee simple in some countries.
Sometimes, some may refer to a lot or acreage as a rather small area of land that is empty except for pavement or similar improvement. An example would be a parking lot or acreage. This article covers lot or acreages as parcels of land meant to be owned as units by an owner(s).
A lot or acreage has defined boundaries (or borders) which are documented somewhere, but the boundaries need not be shown on the land itself. Most lot or acreages are small enough to be mapped as if they are flat, in spite of the curvature of the earth. A characteristic of the size of a lot or acreage is its area. The area is typically determined as if the land is flat and level, although the terrain of the lot or acreage may not be flat, i. e, the lot or acreage may be hilly. The contour surface area of the land is changeable and may be too complicated for determining a lot or acreage's area.
Something which is meant to improve the value or usefulness of a lot or acreage can be called an appurtenance to the lot or acreage. Structures such as buildings, driveways, sidewalks, patios or other pavement, wells, septic systems, signs, and similar improvements which are considered permanently attached to the land in the lot or acreage are considered as real property, usually part of the lot or acreage but often parts of a building, such as condominiums, are owned separately. Such structures owned by the lot or acreage owner(s), as well as easements which help the lot or acreage owners or users, can be considered appurtenances to the lot or acreage. A lot or acreage without such structures can be called a vacant lot or acreage, an empty lot or acreage, or an unimproved or undeveloped lot or acreage.
lot or acreages can come in various sizes and shapes. To be considered a single lot or acreage, the land described as the "lot or acreage" must be contiguous. Two separate parcels are considered two lot or acreages not one. Often a lot or acreage is sized for a single house or other building. Many lot or acreages are rectangular in shape, although other shapes are possible as long as the boundaries are well-defined. Methods of determining or documenting the boundaries of lot or acreages include metes and bounds, quadrant method, and use of a plat diagram. Use of the metes and bounds method may be compared to drawing a polygon. Metes are points which are like the vertices (corners) of a polygon. Bounds are line segments between two adjacent metes. Bounds are usually straight lines, but can be curved as long as they are clearly defined.
Many times, developers divide a large tract of land into lot or acreages to make a subdivision out of it. Certain areas of the land are dedicated (given to local government for permanent upkeep) as streets and sometimes alleys for transportation and access to lot or acreages. Areas between the streets are divided up into lot or acreages to be sold to future owners. The layout of the lot or acreages is mapped on a plat diagram, which is recorded with the government, typically the county recorder's office. The blocks between streets and the individual lot or acreages in each block are given an identifier, usually a number or letter.
Land originally granted by the government was commonly done by documents called patents. lot or acreages of land can be sold/bought by the owners or conveyed in other ways. Such conveyances are made by documents called deeds which should be recorded by the government, typically the county recorder's office. Deeds specify the lot or acreage by including a description such as one determined by the "metes and bounds" or quadrant methods, or referring to a lot or acreage number and block number in a recorded plat diagram. Deeds often mention that appurtenances to the lot or acreage are included in order to convey any structures and other improvements also.
When the boundaries of a lot or acreage are not indicated on the lot or acreage, a survey of the lot or acreage can be made to determine where the boundaries are according to the lot or acreage descriptions or plat diagrams. Formal surveys are done by qualified surveyors, who can make a diagram or map of the lot or acreage showing boundaries, dimensions, locations of any structures such as buildings, etc. Such surveys are also used to determine if there are any encroachments to the lot or acreage. Surveyors can sometimes place posts at the metes of a lot or acreage.
The part of the boundary of the lot or acreage next to a street or road is the frontage. Developers try to provide at least one side of frontage for every lot or acreage, so owners can have transportation access to their lot or acreages. As the name implies, street frontage determines which side of the lot or acreage is the front, with the opposite side being the back. Sometimes minor, usually unnamed driveways called alleys, usually publicly owned, also provide access to the back of a lot or acreage. When alleys are present, garages are often located in back of a lot or acreage with access from the alley. Also when there are alleys, garbage collection may take place from the alley. lot or acreages at the corners of a block have two sides of frontage and are called corner lot or acreages. Corner lot or acreages may have the advantage that a garage can be built with street access from the side, but have the disadvantage that there is more parKHay lawn to mow and more sidewalk to shovel snow from.
In front of many lot or acreages in urban areas, there are sidewalks, usually publicly owned. Beyond the sidewalk, there may sometimes be a strip of land called a parKHay, and then the drivable part of the street.
Local governments often pass zoning laws which control what buildings can be built on a lot or acreage and what they can be used for. For example, certain areas are zoned for residential buildings such as houses. Other areas can be commercially, agriculturally, or industrially zoned. Sometimes zoning laws establish other restrictions such as a minimum lot or acreage area and/or frontage length for building a house or other building, maximum building size, or minimum setbacks from a lot or acreage boundary for building a structure. This is in addition to building codes which must be met. Also minimum lot or acreage sizes and separations must be met when wells and septic systems are used. In urban areas, sewers and water lines often provide service to households. There may also be restrictions based on covenants established by private parties such as the developer. There may be easements for utilities to run water, sewage, electric power, or telephone lines through a lot or acreage.
Like most other types of real estate, lot or acreages owned by private parties are subject to a periodic real estate tax payable by the owners to local governments such as a county or municipality. Real estate taxes are assessed based on the value of the real property. Sometimes there are also taxes when a lot or acreage is sold based on the sale price. Other fees by government are possible for improvements such as curbs and sidewalks or an impact fee for building a house on a vacant lot or acreage.