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Would you buy a house in a master plan community that surrounded a farm?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 19, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Instead of living in a master plan community that surrounded a golf course, how about a farm instead?

You could walk and get your raw dairy and fresh eggs. It sounds like a good idea to me.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 02:20 PM

This is good to hear, thanks Abaestuo for posting.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on January 27, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Yes. I want to live in a place like that. Minus the polygamy, that will lead to bloodshed.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 04:02 AM

See, this is why going Paleo makes my high school nickname of Hobbit more fitting. We could all have our hobbit-caves, and our big cobblestone market with large trees, and the farm. And lots of gardens, too.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 03:49 AM

Sure DM, it will be in the mix for you.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on November 19, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I hear you, Firestorm. I live 10 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 19, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Of course it would be an organic farm!!!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 PM

A hippie commune surrounding a farm? I'd still pass being surrounded by hippies. Despite being one for all intensive purposes! :P

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 PM

A hippie commune surrounding a farm? I'd still pass being surrounded by hippies. :P

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:11 PM

Having lived in rural areas most of my life, I know the kind of people you mean: the ones who move out to the country for the scenery, buy a small plot on a corner just big enough for a huge house and a yard that'll justify a riding lawn mower, and then complain about the dust and smells. But to be fair, that's not what he's talking about here. He's talking about people who *want* to live next to this farm, and are probably invested in it in some sense, so they know what they're getting into. It's a farm with a community built around it, not a house stuck in between a bunch of farms.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on November 19, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Which is great of you can find it. I live near a mega city, though... And having planned communities that take the local community food needs into account sounds awesome.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on November 19, 2011
at 08:25 AM

Add polygamy to the mix and I'm in.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:05 PM

No offense, but we farmers don't want to be surrounded by "cityfolk" who have no knowledge of agriculture. We don't need armchair farmers telling us management practices, that the manure pile is too smelly, etc... We don't need idiots that don't know what to do when a cow/horse gets out of the pasture (it happens, and the sick bastards usually run down the livestock in their minivans.)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 PM

A hippie commune surrounding a farm? I'd still pass being surrounded by hippies. :P

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:11 PM

Having lived in rural areas most of my life, I know the kind of people you mean: the ones who move out to the country for the scenery, buy a small plot on a corner just big enough for a huge house and a yard that'll justify a riding lawn mower, and then complain about the dust and smells. But to be fair, that's not what he's talking about here. He's talking about people who *want* to live next to this farm, and are probably invested in it in some sense, so they know what they're getting into. It's a farm with a community built around it, not a house stuck in between a bunch of farms.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 PM

A hippie commune surrounding a farm? I'd still pass being surrounded by hippies. Despite being one for all intensive purposes! :P

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305b4e1f6fc246729979d09082cbb2a3

on January 27, 2012
at 07:06 AM

And here I thought that Landscape Architecture class I took as an elective last quarter would never get put to use.

There's actually suburb in Illinois called Riverside that was one of the, if not the first planned suburbias. It followed the local river and featured plots of lands that were rounded rather than rectangular to have more access to the local scenery. Although Olmsted, the same designer that created Central Park, intended this project to be drawing more of its resources from the outside farm land, the people who commissioned it from him rejected that idea and almost half of the original plan (featured below) was discarded. So, the intention was to have a farming community around the city with a Farmer's Market in the center, but I believe most of the land outside is still unused.

Anyways, there is hope for future Urban Farming Communities! I'm currently going to UC Davis (we're surrounded by cows, agriculture, and college kids), and many of our professors have discussed how people are incorporating gardening and farming designs into apartment and condominium buildings in major cities! Expect Seattle and New York to be some of the first to feature it.

So, instead of building an urban farming community out in the country side.. what if we built it up as a full buildings in cities? Would you live there?

would-you-buy-a-house-in-a-master-plan-community-that-surrounded-a-farm?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 02:20 PM

This is good to hear, thanks Abaestuo for posting.

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94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on November 19, 2011
at 07:59 AM

Great idea! With a cobblestone market for buying everything in the centre.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 04:02 AM

See, this is why going Paleo makes my high school nickname of Hobbit more fitting. We could all have our hobbit-caves, and our big cobblestone market with large trees, and the farm. And lots of gardens, too.

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2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 19, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Make it a community of mini-farms around a central farmers market and I'm in...the beef cattle, the dairy, the goat farmer, the greenhouse grower, apple orchard, strawberry farmer, blueberry farm, tomato grower. Then sell surrounding land to educated consumers who want to live nearby. Win. Win. The trick is to keep it affordable.

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25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on November 19, 2011
at 08:56 AM

When I lived in Holland, this was a frequent sight...

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on November 19, 2011
at 01:51 PM

That's an interesting idea, but it would really depend. I grew up in an outlying suburb that had lots of farms and woods, and that was a really great place to spend my childhood. That being said, I wouldn't want to expose my kids to all the chemicals and pollutants involved in farming, and it can affect the water table if it's well-water, so it would absolutely have to be an organic farm.

I'm also not a huge fan of new construction and "master plan communities." I like the character of my circa 1885 house in my little walkable town. I'd be more inclined to buy an older house in a small, walkable town that had a farm or farms on its outskirts.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on November 19, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I hear you, Firestorm. I live 10 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 19, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Of course it would be an organic farm!!!

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on November 19, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Which is great of you can find it. I live near a mega city, though... And having planned communities that take the local community food needs into account sounds awesome.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 19, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Sure....lets face it golf sucks anyhow :P (or i suck at it). Throw in a lake to canoe about on and I'll throw a down payment in.

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on November 19, 2011
at 02:20 PM

I'd Love that. Plus the benefits of expanding the local food shed!

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on March 28, 2012
at 11:32 PM

basically if everyone grew vegetables instead of grass.....or forage for animals instead of grass.....goats and chickens...i mean really, most people living in average sized cities have enough room to grow SOMETHING edible on their own property

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(7223)

on November 19, 2011
at 11:55 AM

Probably not. I don't think it's a bad idea and I can totally see the appeal, but I just don't like living in rural areas.

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