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Old 01-07-2012, 07:35 PM
 
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Hello all! A few friends and myself are in the planning stages of moving west to start a little commune. I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to where to look for a house and land. We're all fresh out of college, and are mostly interested in renting (at least for now). We're all big fans of the culture that Denver and Boulder have to offer, but are looking to move away from the metro scene. Albeit, a couple of us will still be looking for at least part time work, so we may not be able to venture extremely far from the city. Any information would be a huge help!

Thanks so much!

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Old 01-07-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Hopefully, you have rich parents willing to part with a chunk of their wealth to let you play with your little dream. That's what it takes--money, and quite a bit of it. It ain't the '60's, anymore. Of course, the communes back then didn't last, either. Dumb idealism crashed into hard reality.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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cnbries, can you say a bit more about your vision? What is the "culture" that you wish to emulate? Do you want to grow your own food? Keep animals? Are you staunch environmentalists who want to use public transportation as much as possible or be in close proximity to walking/biking paths? Or, do you basically want to live co-operatively, share a group home and have easy access to Whole Foods Market, yoga classes, music, nightlife, coffee shops, etc.? Also, what do you mean when you say you don't want to venture "extremely far from the city?"

If you tell us a bit more, we can offer better suggestions to you and your friends. Hard to say whether you are candidates for Nederland, Lyons, Morrison, or certain parts of Boulder/Denver...?

Some of us here would love to support you with your dream -- if you can help us understand what that dream truly is.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: N. Colorado
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Here you go $2500 a month not including ultilites, so there will be lots of working to pay for it not just a couple of you part time, plus my friend who told me about it says it is in poor condition:

http://boulder.craigslist.org/apa/2785396346.html


I live on acreage, you need to research a bit more. You and your friends will all need to work to pay for it, rent or own.

The growing season here is short and it takes work and water in order to grow anything aside from weeds. Forget to water one day in the Summer while it is still young growth and you lost all your work since the Sun will have burned it by the next day.

If you have livestock you will need good fencing, have to buy hay 6 months min out of the year for them and the prices are nuts now due to the Texas drought. Not to mention that due to a shortage of corn and the economy feed prices have risen as well.

It sounds like you guys want to do some work on the land and very few of you work outside. It is not that cheap to live here so chances are there is going to be more outside work in order to make it. Land and houses even due to the poor economy are not as cheap as other parts of the country. If you plan on being near Boulder the cost rises.
Like I said you need to do more research and look into more then one state. Here I cannot get as much house or land as I could in MO, AK, KY and etc. with lower taxes as well. Plus things grow there and far easier.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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Look around Lyons and Berthoud.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:25 AM
 
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idealism crashed into hard reality.
Yes, not in small part the reality that there are always some who will not carry their share of the load.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:29 AM
 
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Here I cannot get as much house or land as I could in MO, AK, KY and etc. with lower taxes as well. Plus things grow there and far easier.
Georgia and Alabama have good farm land with water resources at somewhat approachable prices. Huntsville may likely have jobs for bright young people fresh out of college.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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jazzlover wrote:
Hopefully, you have rich parents willing to part with a chunk of their wealth to let you play with your little dream.
That would make it alot easier!
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Borne, TX
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Thumbs up Commune living in CO

I first want to wish you well. I've always been interested in alternative lifestyles. On an individual basis I've been living one for a bit over 20 years. But this has been on an individual basis, not a commune. When I've tried group living one or more persons will find a reason not to pay his/her part. Then the prescient has been set and others follow. Unless some are willing to carry the group it will fall apart.

What the fellow said about money is true. Things have to be paid for. I read that the Heavens Gate group had one well off person who basically carried the rest. But remember what happened to them ultimately. This should serve as a forewarning about cult like groups.

The good news is that if you are willing to get everyone, or enough people, on board group living can be cheap. The Shakers of the 19th century managed it even if the 60s people did not. Remember that the Shakers were willing to work. Check out some books about communal living. I read a book a few years ago about a commune in Virginia called Twin Oaks, I think. It was planned on the ideas of B.F. Skinner. They did require everyone to work and bring in some money.

The Colorado area is beautiful but remember it is cold in winter. I am not sure what job prospects are in the areas of CO you are considering or what the job skills of those in your group are. Most college graduates bounce around for a number of years until they find the right combination of what they are good at and what they like enough.

I hope your project works out even if it is for just a while. You will have some good memories.

Best Wishes
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