Visualization Time: How Much Is An Acre of Land?

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Visualization Time: How Much Is An Acre of Land?


// Many people, particularly those who are accustomed to living an urban lifestyle, have a difficult time picturing what an acre of land actually looks like. When we think of land, we think of wide-open spaces in the middle of nowhere, and if you’ve never been in the middle of nowhere … well, visualizing an acre of land can be a bit of a challenge. However, when considering buying an acre of land, it would be beneficial if you understood exactly what that means.

An Acre of Land: Where Does the Term Come From?
The word “acre” derives from an old English word meaning “open field.” In the Middle Ages, farmers considered an acre to be the amount of land that could be plowed in a day with an ox.

Thankfully, today’s standards are much more measurable. Today, one acre equals 43,560 square feet. To determine acreage, multiply the length of a property by its width, and then taking the resulting number—the net square footage—and divide by 43,560.

Visual Aids: What’s as Big as an Acre?
Sure, it is helpful to know how to calculate the size of an acre of land; however, visualization is a much better way to understand acreage. Here are some insights that might help:

  • An acre of land is equivalent to roughly the size of a football field, minus the end zones.
  • The White House in Washington, D.C. sits on 18 acres of land. It’s hard to imagine that 18 acres of land fit in a city so tightly packed.
  • But it happens in all cities, even in New York City. One of the most famous parks in the world—Central Park—is a whopping 843 acres! And Macy’s department store—the flagship of the behemoth retailer—is 11 floors and takes up an entire city block. The building takes up three acres.
  • The standard Walmart and Lowe’s stores, which tend to be a bit large, measure about two to two-and-a-half acres each. That means that if you were to cut the store approximately in half, or a little less than half, you would have an acre.

And there you have it.  We at Western Land Investments, and for Red Hawk at J6 Ranch think the best place for your money is in land.  Whether it be 1 acre or 100 acres.  There are amazing choices for land ownership.  Whether you buy in Texas or Arizona.  Land is solid. It is a timeless jewel.

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