We have a small farm in Leesburg, Virginia near Ashburn which is quite a commutable distance to Reston (or if you are very determined, Washington, DC). Loudoun County is the fastest growing and second wealthiest county in the country. In either direction is civilization (great schools, shopping centers, suburban developments popping up everywhere). In fact, we chose this place because it was the best we could find that was still a commutable distance from our jobs. But if you look out our front door, it is still our little piece of heaven (and we are surrounded by 5 country neighbors who pre-date suburbia).
We have 13 acres of fields, a huge barn, a riding arena. 13 acres of woods. Deer pass through here and sometimes rest on the front lawn. We also have a reservoir, nature preserve, and river at the edge of our property (but not touching; on the other side of the road). Since so close to suburbia, not the best place to be when TSHTF, but a great location to have a garden, an orchard, and livestock and raise a family...and still make it to wok on time. In essence, we have one foot in one world and the other foot ready to go wherever it needs to go.
We have a 800 sq ft apartment in the basement for rent. We would rent part of the barn and pasture (and "co-op" the work). We have always had great tenants who enjoy the country lifestyle, but we have never specifically looked for homesteading tenants (in fact, "homesteading" only became part of my vocabulary a few months ago). The apartment can be a one bedroom with a huge living room OR a two bedroom (one bedroom is living room) with a compact living room/dining room/kitchen area.
The only thing stopping us (and yes, it is huge) from homesteading is that we haven't got the time or skill to go it alone with our current jobs. Therefore, we are looking for tenants who want to strike out with us and share the labor. We would like to go on vacation after all and need help milking our future cow! I am looking to quite my muggle job this summer and go back for an MLS to become a school librarian (have the growing season to myself and to have time to learn how to do all of this stuff; quite overwhelming when one has a year round job).
We are in our mid-forties with a 7 year old girl, and would consider a couple or a family with similarly aged children. We are considering adopting children. We have 2 dogs and 4 cats (today anyway).
Please email if you might be interested. The current tenants will vacate in August (however, they are teachers so they may be able to vacate by the end of June).
We are looking for a long term arrangement.
Might also be nice to buy some land elsewhere one day as an alternate home (doesn't need to be commutable if it is a "needed" alternate home)....but that is for the future to think about!
Hi Lauren and welcome to permies...I've added your post to a regional forum...hope this helps
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