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Mar. 5th, 2004 | 11:09 am

Periodically I want to live in an eco-friendly house, which requires enough retrofitting to require owning the home.

This leads me to look at housing prices near where I work where I would pretty much have to move in with someone else whose making the same income as me to afford much of anything nearby. Also since I keep worrying that if the economy continues to weaken it'd be hard for me to be employed in 5 to 10 years, making me rather uncomfortable about the idea of committing to a 15 to 30 year mortgage.

This then leads to the crazy idea of buying raw land and building on it. Though I was worried about building something fast enough and sufficiently code compliant that I could move into it quickly.

This morning I realized something, that since the raw land around here varies in price from that of an average car to an expensive SUV and I have no car payment, I could afford it while continuing to rent a place closer to work.

So I could buy something that I could pay off in a few years and slowly develop it. First would be to do things to help retain water on the plot. Followed by planting some fruit and nut trees and building a small storage shed.

If my insecurity turns out to have some basis in reality and I find myself under-employed I would then have a place I could use to meet my basic needs. (And then would have the time to extend the structures and bring them up to code compliance.)

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Scott

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from: toadkiller
date: Mar. 5th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
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Problem is finding the land. It migh tnot be as expensive as a house but try finding anything available. My wife and I also like the idea of an eco friendly house and loved that link you posted a few entries back. Now we know we can have chickens in Pasadena so I guess we will start with some of those.

You could also find like minded people who already own a house who want to do this type of thing, help them out with developing it, then you would have practice when you can afford your own place. I like the idea of community gardens and stuff like that.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 6th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I know that working together is probably the best way of creating a sustainable culture. (For instance, several of these books)

But, but, organizing and working with new people is so scary...

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Scott

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from: toadkiller
date: Mar. 6th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
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My wife and I love love love the idea of an intentional community. There is one on the central coast that we are so tempted to go check out, but then there is jobs and stuff, damn life always getting in the way of life.

And about the meeting new people. It is tough, and I am probably the most shy, non people person I know till I get to know you. The first step is always the hardest but how else are you going to meet people. You can always come help us make a chicken coop!

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adrienne

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from: sapience
date: Mar. 5th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
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You may find this of interest: http://www.firstdaycottage.com/

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