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06 December 2004 @ 05:15 pm
So this is my dream  
It's actually doable, if there are enough people who share the dream. And it's a really great dream indeed.

Look at this property. Seriously, look at it. Woods. Lakes. Reasonably near an urban area, where the average low in winter is 20 degrees F. And who of us hasn't experienced that level of cold? It's not like the Yukon, y'all.

Here's another one. And another. And still another.

My dream:

For me and a number of like-minded people to buy one of these plots of land. Each of us to carve off a chunk, 5 or 10 acres, build a house, and be a community. We would all know and trust each other. We would be far enough apart for privacy, but close enough that one family could take another's kids for the night if necessary. We'd be close enough to the major metropolitan area in the province (Halifax) for jobs. For major purchases, such as a snowplow, we'd all contribute.

Canada has a very good immigration program, and they are looking for skilled tradespeople and techies. You don't have to give up US citizenship to live there. And if 7 families/people could put down, say, $3500 Canadian (approximately $2900 US), we'd have a 50% down payment.

I'm not talking about moving there right away. Just buying. Land appreciates, and the longer we hold on to it, even without building, the more it'll be worth. Hell, if you just wanted to use it as vacation camping grounds, you could do that. I think living there would be better, but that's me. :) For those of us who're concerned about the growing fascism in the US, it's a place to escape to. For those of us who believe global warming exists, it's retirement insurance. For me, this isn't about leaving the US-- if there was a place in the US where I could be close to urbanity, get a job and buy this amount of beautiful land for this price, I'd go there too. But it helps that Canada's national priorities are in line with mine.

It's financially possible. It can be realized. It just requires taking that leap.

Anyone want to take the leap with me?
Elle: I created my own prisontheletterelle on December 7th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
It's probably not going to happen anytime soon. Not till next summer at least, possibly fall. Someone would need to go up and check out property, and I have no vacation time available until then. :)

Also I have to save money. Christmas is wiping me RIGHT out.