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A potential homestead in Castlewood, Virginia

Hay field
Old house and pond
Logging road

A friend of a friend is selling some land about twenty minutes from our farm, and I promised to spread the word in case any of you were interested.  It's priced at a thousand bucks an acre and has a lot of potential, full of ponds, forested mountain-land, and open fields.  There's an electric hookup on site and spring water piped down to an old house, plus logging roads make for relatively easy access.  Here's the Craigslist ad for more information.

Livestock pond

At 177 acres, the property has the potential to be bought by several homesteaders and managed as an eco-village or education center.  Or, perhaps more realistically, if two or three homesteading families went in on the property together, you could share the land without anyone digging their financial hole too deep.  If you're interested in these shared options, leave a comment below and chat with each other --- it would make my day if several of our readers got together and relocated nearby!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Beautiful area! And not too far from Abington, VA which is a local arts center for SW VA.
Comment by Nayan Sat Oct 18 09:31:24 2014
Low cost of living, several small cities within day trip distance, and three large metropolitan areas within 3 or 4 hours drive.
Comment by Emily Mon Oct 20 12:12:55 2014

That is a beautiful piece of property! Wow! Do you have a geo-tag or address for it? I'd love to look at the satellite pictures. If we sold everything and bought a camper to live in I think we could get together enough for 30% to 40% of the land cost. I think 4 families with $50-75k each could turn it into a working farm in a few years.

Anna, are you familiar with any of the legal structures that you could use to make something like that happen?

Maybe one day. Hopefully sooner rather than later, God willing.

-Papa and Mama Bear & 4 cubs

Comment by Bear Mon Oct 20 14:37:25 2014

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