While not the most useful shape of land, many properties in Chatham County and elsewhere in North Carolina are rectangular or in the shape of slivers because when they were divided up they needed road frontage. This is why there are so many 5, 10, 15 acre tracts with 150 – 200 feet of land.
There are, however, better ways to divide land. For example, if you were dividing up a 12 acre tract, to obtain the same property valuation, you could have 2 acres in the front along the road, and 10 in the back with an easement, giving you, in many cases, 2 equal valued pieces of land.
To learn more about land in Chatham County, see our large resource about Chatham County Land Sales.
Accredited Land Consultant Eric Andrews explains more at 2:40 into this video below: