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Land Desired (at least 2 acres up to 25) within 1-1.5 hrs drive from Asheville, NC  RSS feed

 
wren haffner
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Greetings Permies!

My partner and I have been traveling, wwoofing, apprenticing, seed-starting, planting, harvesting, natural building, general permacultlary etc for the past 5 years or so on a myriad of different farms & land-based operations. The time has come - we are ready to delve into our own projects & care of the earth. We would like to be within 1 hrs (up to 1.5 hours) drive of Asheville, NC to give ourselves awesome larger community/ market opportunities. Some sloping land is ok, but we also need existing flat land for house-building, green/hoop-houses & row-cropping.

We would like to spend $5-7000 dollars on this land and be on it this year. Non-restricted access. Not near/in subdivisions.

We want streams from pure sources (and non-toxic neighbors/businesses, if possible). A spring fed or otherwise healthy pond would be awesome but is not a must. Streams/springs are a must.

Being off-grid is an option for us, so it isn't necessary that this land be connected to city-water & electric. That being said, land abutting the Pisgah or Nantahala forests is an option for us.

Neighbors in love with their land and open for collaboration would be nice~ complementary businesses, produce exchange, skill exchange, etc. We have taken part in many ecovillage/intentional community experiments and are choosing to not jump into one of those, but create on the land with total freedom and hopefully have some good neighbors with similarly-minded pursuits. We want community, but not in our back pocket.

2 acres minimum and 15 sounds like the perfect number. 25 is the tops.

We would love some forest on the land, but not all-forest as we need full-sunlight for greenhouse, passive solar house, possible solar panels, other gardens/food forests, etc. In the some-forest we plan to leave sections "wild" & "to themselves & their current residents" and have others with wildcrafting opportunities, mushroom cultivation, etc.

If you know of some land like this in your area, or perhaps you have a parcel you would like to section off for such an opportunity, please contact us. We have $5-7000 to spend on the land right now, and, we're not looking to rent/lease or create any work trade agreements for the land (although we are open to barter/alternative exchange in the neighborhood for goods/services). We don't want rules on the land or someone hanging over our heads, so if you want to section off a piece of the land, understand that we want unrestricted access of our parcel. Perhaps this money will be able to buy us a couple of acres, or perhaps 15- we're open to either option right now. Wild land/ protected land nearby is a must. We don't want to be near golf courses, big businesses, or even very close to town where a lot of noise/light pollution leaks over, etc. That's why I suggest land abutting one of the national forests as ideal.

Land that hasn't had years of soil-depletion is ideal. Loamy/sandy/clay ideal with good drainage. We are open to taking part in healing land, but obviously if it's in a fertile valley we won't object!

Existing structures are OK, but not a must. If there is a good barn/shed on-site we count that as a plus.

We plan to focus on specific crops, try out some seed varieties not popular in North America that we recently picked up in Peru (so moderately high altitude is possible for this experimentation), have goats/sheep/alapaca/chickens/ducks, build natural/recycled material structures, food forests, mushroom cultivation, water collection, value-added products, & other experiments along the way.

Thanks for reading! If you have a lead, please be in touch. Please send us pictures, details, your history on/of the land and any other pertinent information (size, topography, coordinates, existing structures, and other sundry details). Private message me to connect via email.

Bright Blessings! Wren & Ini
 
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We found our property just using zillow, and watching it like a hawk for a year. Good luck in your search.
 
Christopher Baber
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wren haffner wrote:...We would like to be within 1 hrs (up to 1.5 hours) drive of Asheville, NC to give ourselves awesome larger community/ market opportunities. Some sloping land is ok, but we also need existing flat land for house-building, green/hoop-houses & row-cropping.

We would like to spend $5-7000 dollars on this land and be on it this year. Non-restricted access. Not near/in subdivisions.

We want streams from pure sources (and non-toxic neighbors/businesses, if possible). A spring fed or otherwise healthy pond would be awesome but is not a must. Streams/springs are a must.

Being off-grid is an option for us, so it isn't necessary that this land be connected to city-water & electric. That being said, land abutting the Pisgah or Nantahala forests is an option for us.

Neighbors in love with their land and open for collaboration would be nice~ complementary businesses, produce exchange, skill exchange, etc. We have taken part in many ecovillage/intentional community experiments and are choosing to not jump into one of those, but create on the land with total freedom and hopefully have some good neighbors with similarly-minded pursuits. We want community, but not in our back pocket.

2 acres minimum and 15 sounds like the perfect number. 25 is the tops.

We would love some forest on the land, but not all-forest as we need full-sunlight for greenhouse, passive solar house, possible solar panels, other gardens/food forests, etc. In the some-forest we plan to leave sections "wild" & "to themselves & their current residents" and have others with wildcrafting opportunities, mushroom cultivation, etc.


I'm looking for the same thing right now. I'd prefer to be within 45 minutes to an hour from Asheville, but would consider going a bit further away for the right property. I've looked at a lot of stuff already, but anything anywhere close to that budget is the side of a steep mountain, with no flat/usable land. The cheapest I've found so far is about $3k/acre, for 10+ acres, but again, probably less than 1/2 acre is flat enough to build or easily grow on. I've not looked more than an hour away from Asheville, but suspect it would get cheaper if I went further, but fuel prices for bringing produce into Asheville to sell might make that a bad investment, long term.

I've been considering trying to find other like-minded individuals to go in on a larger/better plot, since bigger tends to be cheaper/acre, but it would almost certainly have to be a group buy/immediately legally split land situation as (like you seem to indicate also) I want to do my thing my way, without having to worry about what a 'partner' wants. With that said, having someone like-minded, who thinks similarly would be the ideal neighbor, and I would definitely consider their plans along with mine to maximize the productivity/value of both properties.

If you see anything that looks good, and there is an opportunity to 'share' in the purchase, please let me know. I'll do the same.
 
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