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Old 02-25-2013, 08:32 AM
 
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There is a thread about Urban agriculture in the city planning folder with a link to several new communities built around agriculture. But they tend to be pricy. What is your budget?

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find communities where everyone lives together in harmony, i.e., co-op gardens, thinks organic, etc
It will be difficult to find a place in the "real world" where EVERYONE thinks oganic but if you settle for A LOT - or SEVERAL - your options get a lot wider and less expensive.

That living together in harmony will be difficult. Would you settle for a house in a generally congenial neighborhood?
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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There is a thread about Urban agriculture in the city planning folder with a link to several new communities built around agriculture. But they tend to be pricy. What is your budget?


It will be difficult to find a place in the "real world" where EVERYONE thinks oganic but if you settle for A LOT - or SEVERAL - your options get a lot wider and less expensive.

That living together in harmony will be difficult. Would you settle for a house in a generally congenial neighborhood?
I'm targeting $80k for individual equity participation in an ag centric cottage community. I hope that will cover the basic home and their share of the property and improvements. (utility infrastructure, and a large shop / community space with guest rooms and green house). Probably more likely to be $100k by the time land acquisition is included. (Having a tough time finding appropriate zoned land in desirable retirement locales). Assessing one in Hill Country TX today. ~8 acres currently with 3 houses and no restrictions.

generally congenial neighborhood Now how to find GCN's ? a great project to pursue. Similar to NORC with a 'twist'. One property I am working on in WA for an Ag cottage community, we are doing just that. Aligning the neighborhood with mutual objectives and working with what is in place. That should be pretty obtainable, but long process (We are 2 yrs into it). Probably take 5 yrs to really get started. (about the same as a co-op)
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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It looks like the OP has moved on, but I was thinking she could post in state forums with the climate she likes inquiring about neighborhoods that have active community gardens, organic markets etc. Then build an infill house if she likes new construction.

I think that when someone wants to live EXCLUSIVELY around people who share such lifestyle views there is a problem.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:16 AM
 
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I live in a small house. It's a 400sq one bedroom cottage, and I have absolutely no room. You might think that they're adorable, but you're going to have to get rid of almost everything that you own to fit into it. Think twice about them, and consider 700-800sqft as being small.
I have approx. 800 sq. ft. in a post WWII subdivision in a small city in Ohio. Years ago, people referred to these as "crackerbox houses". In the ensuing decades however they have been remodeled, added to, landscaped etc. Now, the subdivision has become an attractive neighborhood providing starter homes for young couples or soft landing spots for older folks like me comfortably downsizing. However, I agree with the OP about the midwestern winters, just too cold and depressing for me. Florida is on my retirement horizon, but I will miss it here
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