Two stories, upper bedroom with separate kitchen and bathroom.
Beautifully restored hardwood floors, custom woodworking, redwood siding, grid-tie solar and solar hot water, newer roof, newer septic, wood burning stove, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, outdoor solar shower with wood boiler back-up, permaculture landscaping, greywater, deep reliable well with filtration, large barn, and additional “eco-friendly” features.
Only one mile out of town and an easy walk to public schools.
Three additional parcels available as well, approved septic for each parcel. The vision is to create a friendly green neighborhood for up to thirty people.
Zoned RR1 allowing for two single family homes. One bedroom septic system designed and approved for additional house.
PARCEL #1 FEATURES
While the home has had extensive upgrades and is very comfortable, clean and livable, there remain a few opportunities for improvement:
House Square Footage: 1,360
Barn Square Footage: 1,200
New Barn Square Footage: 375
Imagine yourself on ten lush acres in California, surrounded by friends. Imagine a life connected to the land with beautiful buildings and lovely walking paths. Imagine development you feel great about, and partners that share your approach to living sustainably and well.
The future of this four-parcel development can take many forms. The developer is open to a wide range of possibilities provided that there is a basic commitment to living green and to some form of sharing at the community level. Perhaps it will be as simple as a good green neighborhood, or as richly complex as an intentional community with an education center. Maybe it is organized as a nonprofit or as a neighborhood association. The future depends on who shows up and what their interests are.
Buying Parcel #1 offers you an opportunity to play a role in the development of these scenarios. Parcel #1 is significantly developed and can be purchased as the centerpiece for your vision, with a second home that can be built. Or you can purchase one or more undeveloped parcels by yourself or with a group that wants to share the journey.
GOOD GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD
Imagine energy efficient green homes, green infrastructure, solar power, sustainable forestry management, and much, much more. This neighborhood scenario is the simplest of designs and doesn’t have to be anything more than having good neighbors who value a green lifestyle. You won’t have to worry about your neighbors using RoundUp in their gardens, building McMansions, or clear-cutting their portions of forestland. And you won’t have to tend to any legal structures such as a neighborhood association that would otherwise set guidelines for the neighborhood.
Maybe you’d be interested in creating a “pocket neighborhood” which is a green neighborhood but with a site plan that clusters housing so that the shared commons function as social hubs. Ross Chapin’s book Pocket Neighborhoods illustrates the multiple ways that social hubs are created through designs that facilitate interaction, conversation, rest, meals, gardens, and, of course, fun! (Be sure to visit Ross’s website for examples of pocket neighborhood.)
PERMACULTURE TEACHING SITE
Many green communities are passionate about permaculture. A permaculture community is one that actively implements permaculture principles and designs and hosts workshops, both short and complete Permaculture Design Courses and teacher trainings. Permaculture is a “deep shade of green” that encompasses a comprehensive design of housing, gardens, orchards, and ensures respect for undeveloped land and wilderness. In permaculture, nature is the ultimate design tool.
Some sites become Permaculture Research Institutes where experimentation, internships, and an earthy scholarship becomes even more active. It’s a little bit like living in a classroom but with privacy and social boundaries for housing. (For an example of a Permaculture Research Institute visit Geoff Lawton’s site: permaculturenews.org.)
Like permaculture sites, ecovillages are “deep green” communities. They are green neighborhoods where neighbors work together to create the neighborhood. Neighbors work together to implement the building of homes and infrastructure, increase food production, and share responsibilities and tools. Ecovillages are governed democratically and there are a range of governance structures that various communities use. NVC (Nonviolent Communication) is often incorporated into the community culture.
The subdivision has been branded as the Laytonville Ecovillage and examples of how the community has functioned can be seen at the website: laytonvilleecovillage.com.
TINY HOME VILLAGE (On Wheels!)
In this scenario several tiny homes on wheels would be placed on a two-acre parcel with a central social hub. This would be seasonal and/or part-time living in tiny homes on wheels that can be simplified because the central hub would have the appliances and infrastructure that are often incorporated into tiny homes. For example, a mobile kitchen could have one large refrigerator as opposed to the homes having their own small refrigerators. This brings the cost of the tiny home down and provides a roomier and more usable space. By not putting the homes on a foundation you can bypass all of the infrastructure requirements typical of housing developments.
This is the most important scenario of all. What’s your vision? Any or all of the above? Do you like to participate in meetings or would you rather spend more time in the garden? Would a green neighborhood association be of interest to you? Maybe you need to settle in for a year or so before making any decisions. Perhaps a friend buys an adjacent parcel and introduces creative enterprises you hadn’t thought of.
What does home look like for you?
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