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Unread 08-25-2009, 01:42 PM
 
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Default Living out in the desert... cheap rent... etc.

I've had a voice calling me for some time now about moving out to the desert mainly New Mexico.

I am a studio musician / dj (Dubstep and Techno), and want somewhere CHEAP to RENT & set up and be loud, maybe get a small job doing some random work for extra money. But it does have to be cheap and RENTABLE!

I'd love to find a really small town, flat with wide open spaces. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I might start looking ? I'm not familiar at all with the desert and the surrounding santa fe / albq. area.

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Unread 08-25-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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My first instinct says east of Moriarty but I am not sure if land is available out there. Its certainly flat, wide open, and extremely low population.
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Unread 08-25-2009, 02:03 PM
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Location: Central New Mexico
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Since your a musician I would think somewhere around Cruces would be your best bet. Then you would have audiences in both Cruces and El Paso since they both have universities. Radium Springs?
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Unread 08-25-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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I watched a documentary sometime back about an "alternative culture" that has established itself on public lands somewhere west of Taos. People living there remind me of leftovers from the Hippy commune era, and I think some of them claim to have been living "off the grid" since that time.

You can view the hour-long movie on this web site:

Life On the Mesa - Living Off the Grid

It starts out with some off-putting rowdy types, but soon settles into the warmer human characters who populate the desert mesa area. It's never identified exactly, but a bit of research found that it's in the area to the west of Taos.

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Unread 08-25-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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I'd still want technology and a local grocer. Just want to get away for a year or so and live with no one around so I can create in my studio as loud as I want
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Unread 08-26-2009, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Alto/Ruidoso
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I'd still want technology and a local grocer. Just want to get away for a year or so and live with no one around so I can create in my studio as loud as I want
Realistically you will need to be a mile or so away from the nearest other house if you wish to not be a bother... or build a sound-proof room, use headphones, etc.

Of course you can be a mile away from your nearest neighbor, but the odds of also getting electricity and a local grocer will be low.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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Realistically you will need to be a mile or so away from the nearest other house if you wish to not be a bother... or build a sound-proof room, use headphones, etc.

Of course you can be a mile away from your nearest neighbor, but the odds of also getting electricity and a local grocer will be low.

Let's narrow it down then, how about 1/2 miles from the nearest neighbor w/electricity and a grocer within 10-15 miles ?
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Unread 08-26-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Define "grocer". A gas station with a few brown bananas, maybe, if you're lucky.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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I've had a voice calling me for some time now about moving out to the desert mainly New Mexico.
I just have to ask if you have ever been to New Mexico or lived in the desert?

I'm not sure if you are going to find what your looking for.

The Santa Fe area, is pretty expensive to begin with.

The ABQ area is the largest populated area in New Mexico. You might have to go elsewhere.



Rich
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Unread 08-26-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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Maybe outside T or C and/or along the southern I-25 corridor (Las Cruces, Dona Ana, etc.)
Most likely they would be manufactured homes but certainly they can be found.
Something else you need to consider is what other needs do you have? Do you need broadband internet? Expect city services or are septic, well water and personal trips to the dump okay?
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