So, first off, we have not listed our property officially yet, and honestly will not be ready to transition away until we have secured our future home (which may be well into 2022). I am posting this to permies for the chance that the right folks are searching for exactly what we're offering.
30 minute drive East of Homer, Alaska. Breathtaking views from the house, garden and pasture.
5 acres, about 2 acres is excellent pasture. We currently rotational graze Icelandic & Shetland sheep, chickens, and ducks, and can hardy keep up with all grass! South facing, great draining soil.
3,000+ sq ft established gardens, very productive. At this point we only buy grains and goodies to supplement our diets, the gardens and animals provide more than we can eat in a year. Many established perennials, medicinals, berries, flowers etc.
1,100sqft house, 1 bedroom as is, 2nd small room could easily be made into a bedroom with addition of window and door install.
We have remodeled this house to support our many many projects, adding a huge entry room with space for boots, tools, chicken brooder etc - a major value for all the work we do raising animals and processing food. There is also a 3-4ft crawlspace complete with insulated "Cabbage Vault" which serves as our garden bounty storage.
Without getting too deep into the details of all the systems this house has modern utilities: running water, septic, 24/7 heating system, grid power.
Beyond the house, this property has a huge 24 X 36 (I think?) metal shop building that's professional built, insulated, with heating, and a large 3 sided pole barn.
Basically this is a turn key small farm, everything is running super smooth for us and I trust the right folks could step right in.
Why would we leave such a great situation? Well, the neighbors are ATV people and run a snow plowing business. For a lot of people, this would be a non-issue, for us we don't want to hear the engines anymore. When it snows the plows drive by to get out to work, this does mean my 2wd car has carried me reliably to and from work in town all winter for years. We want to be a bit more remote than we currently are.
Now the hard part, we are asking $410,000 for this place (we could come down 5% if realtors & their commissions aren't involved.
What? Alaska is supposed to be cheap right? Well... not this area, Homer is a very desirable place to live in Alaska, we are on the road system and have a thriving economy with jobs, so people like us homesteaders can work in town part-time or full-time for decent wages to afford our lifestyle. And our place has not only a modern house, but also a large outbuilding, a barn, and is productive Ag land, which is very hard to find in this area. I believe our place would be able to get bank financing, but we are also open to Seller-financing with a large down payment, this was our arrangement when we bought the place, and so we are familiar with the process and tools that exist to make seller-financing a realistic non-sketchy option.
I'm attaching a few pictures, but as I haven't got into the "listing" process yet I don't have many good images.
I don’t think people who haven’t lived in Alaska have an easy time understanding just how rare and expensive is good land with urban access and modern amenities. I hope you can find a buyer who appreciates it, and your new dream spot with more moose and less 4-wheelers!
Thanks Dan. Alaska is vast and diverse, and such are the home-base configurations! My advice to anyone considering moving to Alaska who wants to even begin to produce food on their land: do not compromise on the Sun aspect, that South / Southeast aspect will make ALL the difference. And never, never, buy land without visiting it and digging a few test holes, no matter what anyone "assures" you.
You are what you eat.
Always! Wait. Never. Shut up. Look at this tiny ad.