An acre is the normal measurement of a parcel of property, used by sellers and buyers to have an awareness of the magnitude of a parcel of property. Much like square footage is used by home buyers to ascertain the size of a home, acreage gives buyers a much better sense of how big their property, which is simpler than using the lot dimensions, which can vary considerably and are often not symmetrical.
The source of the word”acre” comes from Old English – æcer, which denotes the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day, but is of Germanic origin; Acker for’area’.
Nowadays, the majority of us do not have any idea just how much land a yoke of oxen can plow, and indeed, now the dimension is slightly more accurate!
So, how big is an acre?
For the ordinary person, a pretty simple way to understand an acre is that it’s about the equivalent of three-quarters of a full-length soccer field or 16 tennis courts laid out in a four-by-four square.
When looking at large tracts of land, however, it may still be tough to ascertain just one acre within tens or hundreds of square miles of property.
The baseball diamond also outfield of the home of the World Series Champs (how’bout them Cubbies!)
The White House in Washington, DC
The house & grounds of the (arguably) most powerful man on earth measure 8 acres. If you have ever seen the White House in context among the rest of Washington, DC, these 8 acres seem surprisingly tiny.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
The UP is an awfully large region to be measured in acres (it’s an area of 16,377 square kilometers ), but if you’ve ever wondered, it covers an area of just under 10.5 million acres.
From here, the question lots of people ask next is”How much is an acre worth?”
The answer, obviously, is a lot more diverse than the dimension of an acre. In rural regions of Michigan, unimproved property (raw land, with no buildings, no well or septic system, etc.) are available for $2,000/acre or less, depending on the sort of property (recreational, tillable, timberland, etc.), in addition to the dimensions of the tract, and will go up from there. Specialty property – beachfront property or commercially zoned property in town for example – will often be significantly more expensive.