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Hello! Me and my partner are looking into Virginia as a place to build our green dream. We want to be part of a community and build a cob home. Maybe part strawbale. Does anyone have a cob home in Virginia? If so, where and what kinds of hoops did you have to jump through with housing regulations and stuff?
How much would 1 acre of land cost here?
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Have you travelled thru some parts of Virginia and have an idea of the terrain you're looking for? Do you need to be in commuting distance of a larger metropolis for employment opportunities?

Here's 1.47 acres for $2,900 on the Eastern shore and if you've been around Chincoteague you'll know what that's like.

And Here's more than one 0.7 acre west of interstate 81 for $2,995

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I can't speak to the cob-home question, but regarding land...Virginia is super-diverse in terms of culture, community, economics, politics, ecology, etc.  With that diversity comes cost variations and options for meeting your desired lifestyle.  Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, RVA, C-ville, NORVA, Southwestern VA ala Joel Salatin.  Lots of options!

You mention community, by that do you mean communal living, or proximity to cultural centers?  If you are thinking the former, check out Twin Oaks for reference.

And if you want to go further west and are curious about the culture from friendly permies, try these folks:

Regardless, I recommend spending a good deal of time researching options on websites like, and then if you decide to look into the greater Charlottesville area, I personally recommend reaching out to this realtor...super friendly.
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