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I'll be looking at properties next month (Jan 2018) to find min of 10 acres to start homesteading by summer of 2019. I prefer to be west of I-35 btwn Austin and San Antonio. I would trade RV or tiny home space for labor (building construction and/or repairs, water harvesting, creating gardens, etc.)  Also would appreciate any info on areas to focus that would have like minded neighbors as well as people seeking to buy land for homesteading that may want to combine our efforts to buy adjoining or nearby properties, thus creating our own intentional community of sorts! I am a healthy, strong, single 58 y/o secular female who doesn't want to give up all comforts but I do want to waste less and depend on public utilities and government much less with the goal of sustainability and aging in place in the years to come, sharing most everything we can (within reason) including eggs, meat, milk, produce, farm equipment, caring for each other's homesteads when one is absent and all the things neighbors used to do to look out for each other.
 
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Hi Kristy. Welcome to permies. I don't know anything about this particular property but know the area very well. Lots of possibilities for homesteading. Give one of those huge New Braunfels pecan trees a hug! I suggest looking in the Canyon lake/ Guadalupe river area as well.

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Howdy potential neighbor!  Because I'd love for there to be more permies in my neighborhood, I hope you can find a place. I live in the Sisterdale/Waring area.  Unfortunately, land in this part of Texas has become stupidly expensive.  You might be able to find a seller willing to subdivide a chunk off a larger property, but these might not be listed.  Beware of anything in a named subdivision because those are going to be especially inflated.
 
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It looks  like most everything around Canyon Lake is attached to the HOA which has its rules and isn't ag exempt. Land near NB or Fredericksburg very expensive if ag exempt. And high tax rates arounda Buda & Kyle. Sooo many have huge house size requirements! Arghhhh! My budget is $300k with home & outbuildings or less if I must build. Would be nice to build a super efficient small home & to know whats in the gutts but sure would be easier & more convenient to have a home ready to move into. Specific location recommendations would be much appreciated!!! Thanks forthe welcoming arms!!
 
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Would be interested in getting some land too, as little as 1acres to build a house on.
I think is all I can manage and intensively grow on (mushroom, herbs, vegetables, tubers, berries, fruit, nuts, eggs, chicken, duck, fish)

If I did bio intensive cut and carry hay, I can get some milk+meat on just 1 more acre for a total 2acres. But I don't mind outsourcing my milk/red meat
 
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You might try driving around the areas you're interested in and posting notices on feed store bulletin boards or boards in stores in small towns saying you're interested in buying land.  Don't mention your budget.

Before you settle on an area you might want to look up the county's agricultural tax exemption rules.  For instance in this county (Kendall) most kinds of ag now require a minimum of 25 acres, except beekeeping which I think requires at least 5 acres.  Each county is different.
 
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Great idea & info! Thanks!
 
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S Benji, I'll keep you in mind should I find property that can be divided. As important as the land is the neighbors.
 
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Howdy Kristy, have you looked on the Landwatch website?  Not sure if this is to far from the city but HERE are some properties west of 35. You can redo the search for a different county or town.
 
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If you haven't seen it before, be sure to watch this video by Geoff Lawton, about what to look for in a property:  


I wish I had known what to look for when we were hunting for our place!
 
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