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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: Spiderweb beautytheletterelle on December 7th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
Really? I thought you were looking on the West Coast?

You are absolutely welcome. If we can get a down payment but then have more people buy in later, that would take payment pressure off the rest of us. :) And I don't think I'd be able to go up there to live for a couple years yet, not till I get some more debts paid off.
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on December 8th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's true, but if I had enough money, I'd be willing to chip in as a sort of investment thing. If I can't legally emigrate, I could simply move to Canada and live there. I wouldn't be able to vote, of course, but that's not the worst possible fate if things get really, really bad here. And contributing would be one step in that direction.

We'll see what happens with my finances.