Seeking a little patch of land under big skies
July 29, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
tl;dr: If you were looking for a place in the U.S. where you could own some land, in beautiful, lonesome country (utilities entirely optional) -- ideally in the mountains or the high desert -- on which to live intermittently throughout the year, where would you look?
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure to Grab Bag (28 answers total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
I live and work in New York City. I will never ever be able to afford to buy my own place here, and I have a job which I can't really do anywhere else and which is intermittent -- months on, months off. My finances are solid enough to begin budgeting and planning this property idea as a multi-year project.
I love the city but I'd really like to get away sometimes. I had an unusual childhood and adolescence which included periods living with family in extremely rural environments, without electricity or running water, and they were very happy times for me. (This also means I have a pretty solid grasp on the various indignities and difficulties involved in living this way -- storing food, outhouse maintenance, and so on. The kind of house this might involve will depend on vehicle access, climate, etc, of course.) I miss the quiet, the concentration, the solitude/camaraderie, stargazing and so on. I have a very soft spot for the mountains and the high desert and places with a lot of sky. There's large parts of the U.S. I don't know well at all. So, if you were giving this some thought, where would you go looking around? Where have you traveled through and thought "I could live a way out over there"?