For the Love of Yurts?

I know I’ve been pretty quiet over the last week or so. Not in blog posts necessarily, but in talking about our farm life. Ever since I posted about where we want to be in ten years, it really got me thinking about what I’m doing to make that happen. Or what I’m not doing? It has been my experience that if you want something to happen, you can’t just sit idly by and wait. You have to get out there and grab that damn bull by the horns. Excuse my French.

So what did I do? I started looking for a way to buy land. I already know we can’t afford a house and certainly not a house on acreage, so I looked up what 2-10 acres costs in our county. I was pleasantly surprised to see that 2-ish acres runs about $10,000 and many of the vacant lot owners are open to “owner financing” (aka. “rent to own”). That made me feel much better. Now we know we can afford land. What about a house?

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Enter the mighty yurt. We looked at “tiny houses” online and figured for a couple thousand dollars less, we could afford twice the square-footage by purchasing a modern yurt. I even went as far as to request brochures and color samples from yurt companies across the country. Considering the location, pricing, and reputation that Pacific Yurts has, we will be purchasing from them… in the future. We still aren’t sure how or when this is all going to work out.

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Despite what some may envision when given the word “yurt” to think about, they seem quite spacious and beautiful. Yurts can even feature a regular bathroom, kitchen, and loft! We have found ourselves gawking at the ads in Mother Earth News for quite some time and Blue Yurt Farm‘s blog only recently. All the same, I think a yurt will suit us.

In the meantime, we will be operating our current “farm” as usual and keeping an eye out for house appliances… let’s see where this adventure takes us.

15 thoughts on “For the Love of Yurts?

  1. Lots of yurts around here in the Sierras, with many having a wood burning stove in the center of the yurt, and solar panels to supply all the energy they need for appliances which unlike the kitchen appliances in the photo are energy star rated and smaller.

  2. Cool 😀 That yurt is really cute! Our entire house is 525sqft and is very doable for me and hubby, but getting just a bit snug now we have our two boys (2 & 4 years old) and all their toys, lol! (read- the toys take up too much room, lol!) We’re still making it work just fine for now until we save for an expansion. A lot of people think were insane with such a small house but it works for us 😀 Plus outdoor yard space for the boys in good weather always helps.

    • I think the house we currently rent is 800 square feet? ish? The yurt we are looking at is the 24′ Pacific Yurt and is 452 square feet. So we will be down sizing, but if we build a little insulated “bath house” right outside the back door with a bathtub and toilet, then we will have all the inside of the yurt for the kitchen, small bedroom, living room, and loft. It’s all about space management I guess, but the three of us have lived in a 320 square foot apartment for awhile so it won’t be a big deal. Plus we practicaly LIVE outside.

  3. I loved your post about the yurts. Anyway my brother is looking to buy some land too, & I was wondering what area you live in where you can buy land for around 10K & get owner financing ? The real estate market is begining to recover from what I hear, so it’s the perfect time to buy now.

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    • We live in Tuolumne county, but are finding decent prices in our neighboring county of Calaveras. Of course, the more land you buy, the cheaper it is. I don’t know how well the market is recovering, but a lot of 2 bedrooms on no-land-what-so-ever around here are still at about $200-300k… so who knows what’s going on there. The good prices are for vacant land (no hookups) way way way way out in the middle of nowhere, which incidentally, is right were we want to be.

  4. Awesome!! 🙂 Now that we’ve been in one, I could never be without a yurt in my life. That big plexiglass dome, and being able to hear everything, has made us so aware of the seasons changing. We even notice the sun shifting! Crazy.

    So let’s see. Cheapest option. Used wood stove, probably running electric (but ooh, solar!), composting toilet? And, while we ended up going wild ‘n crazy with our deck…the platform and yurt can be put directly on the ground.

    If you do limited hookups, you might even be able to swing RENTING the land. That’s what we do, and what some friends do (Dirt Rich Farmers on FB). I know that’s not optimum, owning is so much better, but if it gets you where you want to be sooner, it’s a good option!

    Plenty of rural land owners want to use their land, but no longer live there. Or in our situation they had a spare back 20 acres that already had electric/septic. A yurt is perfect in that situation!

    Exciting!! 🙂

  5. Craigslist is a great place to look for anything really building materials counters etc. My kids would destroy a yurt they are just rough and tumble boys I am afraid they would knock my whole house down. They look pretty awesome though! Are they warm? Does the company set it up or just delver? So many yurt questions!

  6. Those look pretty cool! We are also looking for more land. We currently own our home but our yard is only 1/3 acre and I am aching for more land to start an organic farm. Land prices in our area (New England) are extremely high. We would love to have 5 to 10 acres with a house on it so I could eventually add a barn, greenhouses, high tunnels and a roadside stand.

    I am in the middle of reading “Farms with a Future – Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business” which offer some pretty creative ideas to rent or buy land to farm on.

    • I’ll have to look that one up Rob. Man, I think I’ve got farmstand fever too… Of course we all want as many acres as we can get, but since we have learned to do a lot with a little, I am sure we can manage with as small as 2 acres. 5 acres is ideal and still within our budget.

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