Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Is a Great Idea Website is an online magazine showcasing home designs and other DIY ideas. I enjoy visiting this website because it is NOT filled with irritating advertising and they do not sell the items reviewed or showcased. A visit to offers new and beautiful ideas for interior design, home decorating and seasonal do-it-yourself ideas that inspire the mind. I also like the home designs and ideas for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and interesting furniture.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Land for Sale

Buying land can be confusing and difficult especially if the land is remote and off the grid. Buying dirt is not the same as house hunting. The most important thing to do is investigate "where" you would like to purchase property. When we were looking I had selected three geographical areas we might be interested in building our homestead. Since we wanted to stay in Oregon I researched near three areas, central, eastern and southern Oregon. 

While we wanted to be remote we also wanted to be sure certain services were within a reasonable distance and specifically medical services. We wanted to be sure we would be able to drive to a city where we could find the basic supplies and services within and hour or so from our property. Since we will be empty-nesters by the time we transition our lives to living on the property, we did not need to be concerned about issues that might impact our children. Had we needed to consider raising children we would have also wanted to research the schools, activities and social supports in the area. 

Once we had decided on a few regional areas we were interested in buying property we were able to determine the general cost of property in those areas. Property values and costs can range widely and several issues can play into the cost of property. Is the property so remote that there is no access to electricity, water, or other services? While we intend to build a self-sustaining home we decided it would be worth a little extra money to have the option of electricity and at least a gravel road to our land. 

I spent a few weeks researching land sales, property taxes, and other details about the areas we were interested in purchasing land. I also investigated financing options and auctions of land. 

We found a website that auctions land in Oregon, California, and Colorado and I watched the action for a week or two. Then we saw a perfect opportunity to purchase a small piece of land in one of the areas we were interested. Two days later we had won our bid and purchased property under an owner financed piece of land with Online Land USA

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Small Piece of Land

A Small Piece of Land
I have thought about it for most of my life and dreamed of a day I could build my own homestead. Leaving city-life is a huge decision and major step.

My dream of living a more simple life, with a garden and some ground of my own starts on a small (2.38 acre) piece of land in Klamath County, Oregon. I recently returned from my first visit to the property I just purchased.

I would love to sell my city house today, and move to Klamath right now! Custody issues require me to remain near the big city for a few more years. Being an optimist, this just means I have the time to organize, set-up, and transition to my soon to be future life. On this small plot of land, Vince and I will build a future homestead for our children and grandchildren.

We have some goals for this little spot. Today, I am starting this blog and hope to share our journey from the city to sustainable living on our own small piece of land. I look forward to sharing this journey and writing about our research, transition, and work we do in order to make our goals come true. Our first step was finding property, stay tuned for our next steps as we transition out of the city.