An acre is a very unique unit of measurement. However, it can be a bit of a challenge understanding how big an acre really is.
Although it can be difficult to determine the actual size of a piece of land, it is very important to be able to have a general understanding of how large an acre is when shopping around for property. Whether you are browsing for properties online or consulting an expert, there is no substitution for going to scope out the size of the lot in real life.
Our real estate experts at Santa Cruz Properties want to help you better understand how to visualize and determine acreage of a piece of land so that you can purchase a lot that will meet your needs.
A Simple Guide to Visualizing Acreage
To start off with the basics, an acre equates to:
- 43,560 square feet
- 4,480 square yards
- 4046.86 square meters
- .0404686 hectares
Individuals interested in purchasing a piece of land should be aware that an acre can be measured in any two-dimensional shape as long as the total area of land is 43,560 square feet. So essentially, that means that the property you are interested in buying does not necessarily have to be a perfect rectangle or square.
One of the easiest ways to wrap your head around the size of an acre is to visualize an American football field as they measure around 1.32 acres. Now, get rid of the end zones and the last 10 yards of the field, and what you have is an acre.
If you want to visualize how big a piece of property is, then consider the size of these widely known spaces:
- An NFL football field: approximately 1.3 acres
- A “city block”: roughly 2 to 5 acres.
- The U.S. Capitol building: covers about 4 acres of land
- Disneyland in California: 160 acres of theme park
- New York’s City’s Central Park: 840 acres
- The entire United States: 2.5 billion acres
How many acres are necessary for rural outdoor activities?
If you are considering acreage in a rural setting and planning on developing your space with a homestead, farm, and livestock, then you might find the following rural activity acreage estimates helpful.
- Hobby farms and homesteads: 15 acres for a homestead used for 10 acres of pasture, 2 acres of produce, and 1 acre for an orchard.
- Raising or boarding horses: 4 acres per horse. A 5-10 acre hobby farm can house about 5 stalls max.
- Raising cattle: 10 acres for about 5- 6 cows
What is a legal description of property?
Now that you have a better idea of how acreage measures out, it is important to consider legal descriptions such as metes and bounds.
A legal description is a way of precisely defining a piece of land/ property. While a street address is a physical location, it may not always match the legal description. A legal description, on the other hand, is used to pinpoint where a particular piece of property is located.
Some legal descriptions are basic sets of information that may include a lot and block within a subdivision. Then there is metes and bounds. This form of legal description involves using the public surveying system to divide the land into different sections. The land is then described based on the properties township, range, and section.
This information can prove to be useful when knowing the boundaries of a property.