Hickory Ridge Land Trust outside Spencer, West Virginia is a small community--76 acres on a ridge, mostly wooded, with four leaseholds plus some common land. Three leaseholds are taken, by two older couples and a single man in his thirties. The remaining leasehold has a small shed on it, which could provide living space while building your house. There are no building codes here, and the cost of living is low. So are wages. One household has off-grid solar, another has a grid-tied system--we have extensive gardens, free range chickens and turkeys. Each household makes its own decisions. The land is paid for but there is a one-time, $1000 join fee, and then you pay your share of the property tax and gravel for the mile-long lane--around $300-400 a year. We'd like to find a family (at least two people, we don't care what your relationship is) who are prepared to build their own house, get an old garden site cleared, make a plan for the land. We share some things but not income and we do our own projects so we have just one meeting a year! We do get together weekly for movie night. You can get more information, including pictures, at the ic.org website (try searching under WV, or just type our name in the search box).
Hi, I am very interested in the lease hold and wonder if it is still available. Are the costs really just 1000 entry fee plus 400 a year? My partner and I are looking to get some land and start living a more primitive life style and are both from Maryland. This sounds really awesome so any more info would be great. Thanks,
Location: rural West Virginia
posted 4 years ago
At LAST I have managed to log in, which requires a change of password every time I try to log in to this site, so Sean and anyone else interested, PLEASE find me through the intentional communities website at ic.org. There is also more information about our community there, and my phone number (but I prefer email).
Yes, since we own the land (or the board of our land trust does), the cost to join is just $1000 per household, and the annual cost is your share of the land taxes and gravel to upkeep the road, around $400. But the land in question needs some clearing, the road needs gravel--a couple of thousand dollars worth (I refer here to the quarter mile long lane just to this leasehold). And the shed might be okay to live in while building, better than a tent, but you do need to build a house to live in. There is another property with 70 acres that does have a house but it's in poor shape, the land is badly infested with autumn olive, and it's up a moderately bad road. That property is also available. We would want to meet you, get to know you, preferably by your living on the site for awhile--it is a principle of permaculture that you ought to look at your site for a long time, ideally a year, before drawing up plans on what to do where. We would not require that but we do want to get to know you before the board votes on whether you're accepted--and meanwhile you are getting to know us and the land and the area. I'm happy to answer more questions, but preferably find me through ic.org so we can communicate more directly through email.
posted 4 years ago
I sent a message from ic.org. If it didn't go through my email is email@example.com. Would love to talk more.
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