Was busy over the weekend so I couldn’t get back.
Kate, like what you said and that is what we did...
(Like much of Northern New England NH regulations, zoning, permits, house and lot size minimums, and other aspects of "the department of making you sad" varies dramatically from town to town. I suggest researching each town's regulations before you settle down somewhere.)
Feet on the ground is what we were finding that we had to do. It was a lot of work both financially and time wise. It took us months just to come up with all the questions to ask that covered every aspect before we took a 6 hr one way drive to look at it and discover it was nothing like we were told it was. Your idea of wet and my idea may be totally different.
Specific pockets isn’t easy to recommend because each area is so unique and has it’s own set of circumstances that I would like and can live with and your in a different place so it wouldn’t be a fit for you.
Pollution is an issue everywhere you go. You can’t live without it it seems. As part of your research in some of these cool towns just find out what factories are in the area and what is in the river that you may or may not want to tolerate, or live down stream of. If your into clean water, look for area’s that the bottle water companies have wells around. We found it to be a good indicator that the water around is good.
I know what your saying about teaming up. We have looked at a lot of options from all around the world.
We totally agree with you on the several reasons you can think of but won’t propound here.
We have come to the conclusion in the direction of the structure like what Paul has done. And achieve it through setting it up in the right kind of trusts. Otherwise you will never achieve win/win. (not your minds version) If you don’t have that as your foundation you have nothing.
We would prefer to get to know you privately. A picture say’s a thousand words so to speak. Sometimes one phone call can get to the bottom of things faster then 3,000 emails/forum chats.
This way if we are not on the same page we won’t waste anyone’s time.
Plus, it’s been about a year that we took notes, so talking, seeing a map, and finding some notes would stir up our memory as to what is what.
We started looking in VT. Then looked at NH both briefly and found the land cost less in Maine but you really have to look. Or know some locals you can trust with feet on the ground.
Many people talk a good talk, but when it requires walking any of it, is a very different story.
Really make sure you figure out and narrow down how you want to live your life in this new direction mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, socially and energetically. Include these 7 aspect of yourself and you will be able to be and apply balance to yourself, others and the land.
I’m here because I bought one of the kickstart spots on Paul’s course and ended up reading various posts and found this one.