My Partner Claire and I came to Charlottesville two to three weeks ago looking to find a piece of land near the Mountains and City of Charlottesville or some other progressive town in this area(lexington, roanoke, floyd). We are both amazing people, with open hearts, open minds, and great attitudes. We are fortunate enough to have saved up a decent amount of money while pursuing meaningful work.
Since we arrived in Charlottesville, Claire has taken on two jobs, and I am in the process of finding work that suites our needs. The city has welcomed us with open arms, as we have been couch surfing for the last two weeks with wonderful people. We have also taken Yoga classes daily to find like minded people and connections, as well, but still the search for land has been difficult. We have driven around the city in all directions, only to find properties way out of our price range, or too far from a market/community. We have real estate agents looking for us, and have talked to many people who might be able to help, but still we haven't found anything worth investing in.
We will continue to look for a property, jobs, and opportunities as we settle into the area. We want an area to build our business(permaculture farm) even if we don't own it, until we find the right property.
We would love to meet collaborators, like minded folks, people also willing to invest in the land to eventually be neighbors.
I will continue to post here to update y'all on our story and pursuit of the New American Dream.
Claire and I have found a nice property to rent while we search further for a bigger parcel of land to have a family community and farm. We have had our first child, homebirth, and everything is going great.
I have starting building a tiny house, so we can move right onto land and not have to pay rent while we build something to live in.
Still in Charlottesville area, and still looking for land. We have met a lot of people also trying to do the same. I think we will be ready in a year to settle onto the "right" piece of land.
lots of love
Willie Smits: Village Based Permaculture Approaches in Indonesia (video)