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Central California Foothills - 1800sqft house on a 5 acre permaculture property

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Property will likely be listed for somewhere around $400k. The property is in Squaw Valley California very close to the "business district" and highway 180. The house is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage (1800sqft). Central air/heating but there is also a wood stove in the living room. Sturdier 2x6 wall construction. 12gpm well which being in the mountains is not fed by aquifers which theoretically makes it more dependable (since aquifers down in the valley are being quickly drained by agriculture). Semi-arid Mediterranean climate with 15-20 inches of rain on average. Zone 9a/8b. Fairly good soil for such a climate; sandy loam with clay a few feet down. Rain beyond saturation flows onto the property via two locations, forming short lived streams. There is a fairly large barn that's in fair condition.

I've been developing the property for 3 years using hand tools (no tractor yet so no major earthworks). There are over 100 fruit trees, many of which are in the young food forest (along with many nitrogen fixers). There is a fenced garden with 14 large raised wicking garden beds. There is a fenced chicken yard near/under mature oaks with a large coop that can hold about 30 chickens. 2 of the 5 acres are fenced with chainlink (mostly 5ft tall); the entire property has old field fencing (not perfect but good enough for sheep). Most fruit types have multiple/many varieties on the property; fruit types we have are: apple, apricot, peach, plum, pluot, mulberry, pear, asian pear, cherry, elderberry, loquat, fig, persimmon, olive, pomegranate, jujube, strawberry tree, grape & passion fruit. There are also some almond, pecan and chestnut trees. I've planted a wide variety of nitrogen fixers, all of which seem to be doing well: silk tree, thornless honey locust, redbud, black locust, japanese pagoda, tagasaste and some natives (I was going to plant mesquites next spring).

60% of the property is bare still so there is plenty of room to implement your vision. If you have heavy equipment you can put in ponds and swales.
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