My wife and I are retiring soon and will be travelling around the BC coast looking for just the right property for 1 or 2 years. We only need a couple acres for food production but more land is needed for a wood supply and greater chance of workable wind, water and solar power installation. So.. many more acres are needed simply  to increase the chances of a place for a windmill, have creek/river flowing .. or open area for solar. We are happy to have the greater distance from others.. but still.. a larger expense for what will be less than another couple acres actually utilized.

I am wondering if there is anyone else considering the BC coast that might be interested in purchasing a larger land area for the same reasons.. and the possibility of co-purchasing land (homesteading on opposite sides) to reduce the cost but still have the privacy and ownership. For growing, we are looking to stay in a fairly temperate range .. mid Vancouver island (east side) or mainland in same latitudes. We are also considering mid central BC. We would share the common land and collaborate in some ways, but not looking for a ‘cohabitation’ per say.. or a support mechanism.. pretty much separate homesteads with a common land area for wood/solar/wind/water power generation shared for common cost saving in land.

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5 Responses to “Going off grid on BC coast soon… possible land share?”

  1. JeffDoncaster

    We actually stayed on Lasqueti for 10 days last summer to check it out .. it really fit the bill in someways but not in enough in others for us to decide it was place to be. Depends on the island.. my wife became a little leery of no car ferry and rough seas.. so it would depend on the island. something like Texada is too touristy.. same with Salt Spring.. Quadra is a bit better but too expensive. Most single small islands (10-20 acres) we looked at were a million plus.. too much for us.. as in one of my other comments.. I am looking at $200K for something that needs a lot development to max $400 completely turnkey off grid.. and ~1500 square feet building on 10-30 acres

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  2. Kathy

    I am a 32 year old and I recently sold my house in the city and barely got out with anything. I have only $12,000 to invest. My spouse and I desire to set up a self-sustaining community that represents a lot of what you have outlined above. We desire to live separately but work together to create something out of the land, and to set up water generators for renewable power, build roads, etc. Split the big costs but maintain the privacy of having ones own homestead.

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    • JeffDoncaster

      HI Kathy.. in my other post I said that ‘ we are looking at $200K for something that needs a lot development to max $400 completely turnkey off grid.. and ~1500 square feet building on 10-30 acres’ .. I am more thinking, with prices and properties I am seeing, we would be sharing 30 acres so probably more like a 50-150 k share. Stay tuned though.. my wife and I have discussed some ideas of a shared community (definitely not a commune) on land we buy but lease or sell smaller parcels with conditions of joint participation in infrastructure (utilities/water/etc.)

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  3. parallexmike

    Would you consider an island? There are several for sale in that area, and big enough for two or three properties.

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    • JeffDoncaster

      Mike.. my reply ended up not under your post and I can’t figure out how to move it.. please look in the main post.

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