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Venkat Raman
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I am looking to buy land and am considering the following locations. I am hoping to get advice so that I can zero in on a location and focus my search. I am a big fan of do-nothing farming and am looking to build and live on a self-sustaining ecosystem that may have strong elements of a forest.

Here are some of the criteria that have driven my search till now:

- Good weather (The more sunny and warm days in the year, the better)
- Relatively inexpensive land
- Spiritually-aware community and concentration of permies a plus.
- Proximity to my current location (SF bay area)
- Ease of growing food/trees and ease of raising Chickens, Goat/s and a Cow.

Here are some areas I am looking at:

Ojai, near santa barbara : I love this location for the spiritual vibe and good weather. Great community and many more sunny days compared to Northern California.

Areas in and around San Francisco Bay Area (Vacaville, Gilroy etc.) - I live in this area and a positive for me is that I can gradually make a transition to a lifestyle aligned with permaculture principles, without needing to move. The negative is that the winters are pretty cold [compared to a tropical climate ] and

Big Island, Hawaii: I love the lush green tropical vegetation here but am having a hard time finding properties. I really like the Kealakekua bay area where I visited a small permaculture oriented handmade-coffee farm. I am told land is cheap in Puna on the other side of the island but I know that the lava-risk zoning for many areas in and around Puna is very high. Suggests to me that land might be rocky and I may have to go there physically to figure out areas that might be suitable for farming.

California Central coast: The San Luis Obispo are appears to have lot of rolling land and decent weather (warmer than Nor Cal but colder than So Cal). There appears to be farming-type land available in Paso Robles, Atascadero and surrounding areas.

I love Costa Rica as well but not sure if I can make it work. The thing is that my wife works in a job she loves and I have family as well. So a transition to a homestead will be gradual and probably take a couple of years. A location closer to where I live now will definitely help.

I am feeling a little struck right now and would love to get any advice from you folks so that I can move forward. Thanks in advance for your help.

peace,
Venkat
 
Nick Williams
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I live in Paso Robles, and I'd probably suggest crossing the Central Coast off the list for homesteading. Land around here is fairly expensive, and the water situation is getting worse with every year. Really lovely weather though...
 
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I am currently in Nevada county, the Grass Valley/Nevada City area and it is very permaculture/sustainability friendly. The summers are hot, often over a 100 and the winters are cold (occasional snow). You may also want to look at the foothill region of the Sacramento valley. It is cold in the bay because you are on the ocean. Come inland and it get a lot warmer even in northern cali. I use to live in Sacramento were the summers are extremely long and hot. 110+ degrees was not unusual. You may also look at Yolo county which is very ag friendly and Davis in particular which is a great little town with many environmentally conscious people.
 
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Venkat Raman wrote:I am looking to buy land and am considering the following locations. I am hoping to get advice so that I can zero in on a location and focus my search. I am a big fan of do-nothing farming and am looking to build and live on a self-sustaining ecosystem that may have strong elements of a forest.

Here are some of the criteria that have driven my search till now:

- Good weather (The more sunny and warm days in the year, the better)
- Relatively inexpensive land
- Spiritually-aware community and concentration of permies a plus.
- Proximity to my current location (SF bay area)
- Ease of growing food/trees and ease of raising Chickens, Goat/s and a Cow.

Here are some areas I am looking at:

Ojai, near santa barbara : I love this location for the spiritual vibe and good weather. Great community and many more sunny days compared to Northern California.

Areas in and around San Francisco Bay Area (Vacaville, Gilroy etc.) - I live in this area and a positive for me is that I can gradually make a transition to a lifestyle aligned with permaculture principles, without needing to move. The negative is that the winters are pretty cold [compared to a tropical climate ] and

Big Island, Hawaii: I love the lush green tropical vegetation here but am having a hard time finding properties. I really like the Kealakekua bay area where I visited a small permaculture oriented handmade-coffee farm. I am told land is cheap in Puna on the other side of the island but I know that the lava-risk zoning for many areas in and around Puna is very high. Suggests to me that land might be rocky and I may have to go there physically to figure out areas that might be suitable for farming.

California Central coast: The San Luis Obispo are appears to have lot of rolling land and decent weather (warmer than Nor Cal but colder than So Cal). There appears to be farming-type land available in Paso Robles, Atascadero and surrounding areas.

I love Costa Rica as well but not sure if I can make it work. The thing is that my wife works in a job she loves and I have family as well. So a transition to a homestead will be gradual and probably take a couple of years. A location closer to where I live now will definitely help.

I am feeling a little struck right now and would love to get any advice from you folks so that I can move forward. Thanks in advance for your help.

peace,
Venkat


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I own a 3 acre pacel of land in a residential area of Sacramento, the capital of California. It is a very desirable piece of land as it is zoned for many things (equestrian, agricultural, rediential). It is in a zone of California that is ideal for growing. Most of the homes in the area are large and on many acres. It is alittle more then 1 hour from San Francisco.
Land in California is at the bottom of its usual 10 year cycle. The land was appraised around a half year ago at 97,000. When the market was good around 2007 comparable land sold at 300,000. Everything (utilities, water, road, etc) are in place at this property on Clay station Rd, in Galt CA. Their is no exact address at the moment, but i can send you a satellite photo. I will entertain offers at around that price. Included is a disassembled yurt that I nearly built myself, and about 100 gallons of quality biodiesel.
 
Venkat Raman
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Nick Williams wrote:I live in Paso Robles, and I'd probably suggest crossing the Central Coast off the list for homesteading. Land around here is fairly expensive, and the water situation is getting worse with every year. Really lovely weather though...


Nick, there seems to be some properties around San Miguel area including some lots close to the lake west of 101. Some of the lots have wells, but more expensive as a result. What about the soil quality?
 
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James, I am looking at some lots in Yolo county (winters, cottonwood etc.). I am still trying to figure out the right questions to ask before going for a visit.
 
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Here are a couple that I found for another post
Owner financing is available for most of these
$12,000 per acre OK/lush vegetation already has a well and electric. so with 10 ppl we could buy it.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/10-acres-in-San-Diego-County-California/id/1012699

$2,500 per acre really close to the aqueduct not too sure about well/water table can some one reply with more info about this area. so with 10 ppl we could buy it.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/10-acres-in-Los-Angeles-County-California/id/979945

$12,000 per acre, very lush vegetation already has a spring going through it so with 12 ppl we could buy this.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/13-acres-in-San-Luis-Obispo-County-California/id/1027303
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/13-acres-in-San-Luis-Obispo-County-California/id/1135773

$10,000 per person, very lush vegetation already has a spring going through it, electric, phone, so with 20 ppl we could buy this.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/109-acres-in-Monterey-County-California/id/927177

$10,000 per person, very lush vegetation, well with pump, electric, perc/sewer test, owner financing so with 20 ppl we could buy this.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/24-acres-in-Santa-Clara-County-California/id/983550

$8,000 per person, lush vegetation, so with 20 ppl we could buy this.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/160-acres-in-Fresno-County-California/id/857809

$9,000 per person, very lush vegetation already has a spring going through it, 1 cabin and 4 camping site, so with 20 ppl we could buy this.
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/60-acres-in-Tuolumne-County-California/id/928188

$5,500 per person, lush vegetation, seasonal spring, zone 9A, 20ppl we could buy this (or ten ppl at 11,000 each)
http://www.landsofcalifornia.com/land-for-sale/32-acres-in-Calaveras-County-California/id/1082891
 
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