We are two northern Minnesota natives who have been stuck in the city for too long! We are looking for a small plot of land (0.5 - 5 acres) within one hour of western suburban Twin Cities. Most of the lots we've seen have been part of a development - a small lot stuck next to a lot of other small lots. We'd really like to have a bit more "wild" environment. Does that even exist anymore!? We currently live in a suburb, but an older neighborhood… We'd rather continue living here than move to a newer development. These developments popping up on the edge of the city are not for us!
Interested in off-grid living and alternative building materials/methods, within local building code requirements. We are looking to build a home using local recycled materials (have already started our craigslist hunt for free/cheap salvaged materials!). We both have experience with home building construction.
We would also like to plant a larger garden (we currently plant our entire backyard, but we'd like to go bigger). We would not use any herbicides, pesticides, GMO - and ideally the land we'd find would be fairly free of these too… But we realize that is not always feasible and we are open to other options!
Thought about southern Pine County? Maybe it's a bit far from the Cities for you but we got 18 acres outside of Pine City for cheap, and it only takes a bit over an hour to get to St. Paul when the traffic cooperates. Minneapolis is a bit further but not much.
When we were looking our minimum size was 5 acres and there were quite a parcels and/or houses on big lots around that size in southern Pine County and to the south, though the prices go up once you leave Pine. Aside from sewage disposal Pine County is pretty easy to deal with and the people at our township are downright friendly if you can catch them on the phone.
posted 5 years ago
Thanks, Chip! I appreciate the heads-up about Pine County! We have looked at some properties in that area, and we wish it would work for us, but we are afraid it is too far. We run a business in a western suburb, so we need to be a bit closer to the western side. It is a beautiful area though - I am tempted! Sometimes I see properties and think - we could make that work! - but I think the reality is that a long commute would be too restrictive. At least on a long-term basis. I wouldn't be opposed to looking at something to rent while we look for the ideal property… So if you hear of anything in the area, I would love it if you'd keep us posted.
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