Wanna Buy a Homestead? Or Come Live on One?

Sharon March 2nd, 2010

I don’t usually do adverts, but a couple of people I’d like to help out are selling homes and farms, so I thought this once, I’d post a few. 

First, my friend Edson is moving for family reasons from their place in Ohio, and is offering a terrific homestead.  You can even keep the cow!

Second of all, a neighbor of mine, David Funk, the famed breeder of amazing Nigerian Dwarf Goats did us the enormous kindness of selling us a really amazing buck at a very reasonable price, and I’d like to do him a reciprocal favor.  The house is about 10 minutes from us, and he and his wife have to downsize for health and work reasons.  It is a really gorgeous little homestead, they’ve done tons of work on it, and it has (the listing doesn’t mention this) the most stunning micro-hydro sites, plus a swimming hole and multiple waterfalls, and 10 acres with new chicken house and a nice little goat barn.  It is fairly well priced for this area (housing values haven’t fallen much here), so if you are interested in being a neighbor of mine, you might consider it!

Finally, we’re still looking for housemates for the 1000 square foot, one bedroom apartment in our house.  We’re open to barter or money, and you’d have full access to a lot of land, good company, good food and goats.  Email me at [email protected] for more details, although you might not hear much back until the end of the month when the book is done.

Sharon

4 Responses to “Wanna Buy a Homestead? Or Come Live on One?”

  1. abbie says:

    Just saw a farm down the street, minutes from my parents’ farm, is for sale. I’m SO hoping that it doesn’t go to a developer, but that’s how it goes around here. Farmers can’t compete with the cash developers have.

  2. Annette says:

    Mr. Funk’s home is amazing or at least photographs well. If I could sell my phone, afford the move and mortgage, I would love to be a neighbor! =) For now I’ll have to settle for a blog reader from VA. Congrats on the new buck.

  3. Hazel says:

    Hi,
    I’m a fairly new reader of your blog and I live in the UK. I’ve really enjoyed reading back through your old posts.

    Your neighbours property looks amazing, but my immediate reaction was OMG!! To give you some idea of property prices in the UK, I live on the edge of the commuter belt for both London and Birmingham, so not the cheapest area (Northern England tends to be cheapest) but by no stretch the most expensive. In South East England $296,000 would buy you a garage, I think.

    This house in the nearest market town to me is on the market for the same amount of money as your neighbours 10 acre plot…
    http://www.chancellors.co.uk/Search/Property/FullDetails.aspx?searchmode=B&propref=14338HIG&regoffice=143&offmode=R&maintoff=0&instrno=3350&siteid=0&weekmonth=M
    (Sorry, don’t know how to do short links!)
    I would so love to have 10 acres….

    OT, I see it lists the house as having a water softener. DH is very keen on one of these as we live in a very hard water area. I’m not sure, and can find out very little information about their environmental impact. We wouldn’t drink the water, and that seems to be the biggest criticism of them. As to sodium loading in the waste water, doesn’t salting the roads have a similar impact? Any thoughts? I’d be very grateful to hear your opinion.

    Good luck with finding a lodger.

  4. Stephen B says:

    One of the cheapest and yet nicest areas I can think of is northern Maine, assuming one doesn’t mind the cold. Check out this search for Symrna Mills, Maine and the surrounding area. (Listings limited to 5+ acres, land or land and building(s).

    I think this link is portable: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Smyrna-Mills_ME/type-single-family-home/type-mfd-mobile-home/type-farms-ranches/type-land?sby=1&pgsz=3&ml=2&ofbm=10

    Other areas more northerly in Aroostock County are pretty nice too, though even colder. (The weather is a solid USDA Zone 3 with some possible Zone 2.)

    I’m pretty much stuck in suburban Boston myself, however.

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