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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Several years ago I looked into purchasing a camp on state game lands in the Pocono area. The deal was that I could purchase the building but the land belonged to the GC. And any changes to the structure would have to be submitted to the GC for approval prior to them being made. And, as the real estate lady told us under FULL DISCLOSURE, that she had never experienced any such request being approved - or even responded to. Thus, the buildings that we saw, all having been constructed just after WWII and some even earlier, were in horrible condition and in some cases unsafe for habitation.
Her candid explanation - The State of PA had, back in the day, thought it would be a good idea to build some structures on game lands and then sell them to people. People bought them and used them and then the state decided that this was not such a good idea and wanted to end the program. However, as the original contract was written, owners could pass the structures down to relatives and in many cases this is what was done. BUT - there is the prohibition against improvements and without these improvements the structures will become uninhabitable, literally fall down and the ground will be cleared of the detritus. The buildings we were shown had all seen better days and we saved our money.
It's a cruel world sometimes.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......