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Old 08-14-2013, 01:05 AM
 
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There have been other threads about bug-out locations, but I am not worried about social collapse or national emergency - simply looking for the best places in or near cities to live off the grid - outside the reach of Utility companies but within easy reach of civilisation and culture.

Weather must support food-growing - land cannot be too expensive, and must be fertile. I am thinking somewhere outside Charleston, or Boone or upstate New York. There are many factors to consider, but perhaps the most important is local zoning. Where can you get cheap fertile land, a nice view, safe neighbors and be allowed to build your home and live in it?
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Anyplace two hours north of LA along the coast will offer the highest quality of life while still being "off the grid", so to speak. Think Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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If you go with Upstate NY, perhaps somewhere on the edge of the Adirondacks in perhaps Lewis, Franklin, Clinton, Essex or St. Lawrence counties. That would put you closer to Canada too.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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The Driftless, 18,000 square miles that the glaciers missed. Primarily located in Wisconsin, but also SE MN along the Mississippi, NE Iowa, and a county or two in NW Illinois. Due to the terrain, very sparsely populated. Farms need to be small, either on ridge-tops or valleys. Very beautiful, nearly every valley has a stream (some of the best fly fishing in the country). There are no major cities in the region, in fact there are few cities at all. Some of the best deer hunting in the country. You can pretty much shoot whatever you want, and wildlife is plentiful. Very cheap land, very fertile Midwest soil. This would be the best place in the Midwest to go "off the grid" on fertile farmland.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Anyplace two hours north of LA along the coast will offer the highest quality of life while still being "off the grid", so to speak. Think Carmel-by-the-Sea.
How expensive is the land though?
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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There have been other threads about bug-out locations, but I am not worried about social collapse or national emergency - simply looking for the best places in or near cities to live off the grid - outside the reach of Utility companies but within easy reach of civilisation and culture.

Weather must support food-growing - land cannot be too expensive, and must be fertile. I am thinking somewhere outside Charleston, or Boone or upstate New York. There are many factors to consider, but perhaps the most important is local zoning. Where can you get cheap fertile land, a nice view, safe neighbors and be allowed to build your home and live in it?
Wharton Township, PA.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=whart...ie=UTF-8&hl=en

Wharton Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Probably one of the most remote areas in the lower 48. 0.9 People per square mile!
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Here
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Why are you going off the grid?? I cannot help you as you may be a fugitive!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:55 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Ash Fork. AZ area.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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How expensive is the land though?
Very expensive, but...
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Anyplace two hours north of LA along the coast will offer the highest quality of life while still being "off the grid", so to speak. Think Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Others have already mentioned the cost but I wanted to throw in water concerns as well. The OP mentioned weather must support food growing. I've seen on various water threads on here and in books that places need at least 20 inches of rainfall to normally be sufficient to raise crops consistently. Another concern with coastal California is that the rainfall patterns are overwhelmingly in winter, not the summer months when crops will be needing it most.
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