Cute as a button Tiny House for sale on 20 Acres of mixed wood and pasture land within a community of land-based homesteads. Beautiful rural NE Missouri, close to the college town of Kirksville, MO
For more information, contact Beth Campbell:
Join a growing homesteading movement in the style and comfort of your very own tiny house! This uniquely beautiful home offers a perfect blend of community and privacy. Excellent for an individual, a couple, or a starter home for building your own place! It could easily convert to an office, studio, or guest quarters later down the road.
I built this home from scratch in the summer of 2011, when I bought a raw but gorgeous piece of land and needed a place to live. I’m a builder by trade so I had the skills, but certainly relied on (more than a little) help from my friends to pull it off by winter. I’ve put oodles of loving care into crafting the house and designing the landscape on which it sits.
I invited some friends to move onto the acreage with me, and a community was born! We have conceptualized it as a “community land trust,” where each homestead “stewards” it’s own piece of property, yet additional acreage is held in common.
Aside from the land trust acreage, many small homesteads dot the landscape along the rural gravel road where the house sits, and the neighborhood is a testament to the joys and hard work of the many enthusiastic and visionary families living there.
Life unexpectedly pulled me to Portland, OR, in 2015 where I now live, but the house suited me well for the four years I lived there. I have frequented the property since moving, and house sitters have been caring for it and the property in my absence. I’m excited to pass along this property to the new steward(s) of the land and see what the next chapter may bring to the cute little house!
About the Tiny House:
- 120 sq. ft. main floor
- 50 sq. ft. sleeping loft with ample headspace
- Interior dimensions 7’ x17’
- Exterior dimensions 8’ x 18’
- West facing 6’ x 8’ covered porch
- Sunny and bright
- Super functional layout, nicely proportioned
- Built on a trailer in 2011 (though not as portable as some tiny houses on wheels)
- Features energy efficient exterior insulation and tight construction
- Double paned windows
- Two closets and built-in bookshelves
- Wired for electricity, just add solar panels
- Not currently plumbed, though nearby water service could be hooked up
- Heated by wood stove
- Bonus 300 sq. ft. storage and utility shed
- View more photos here.
About the land:
- Clear, cool swimming and fishing pond (part of the acreage held in common)
- Rolling pastures dotted with cedar trees
- Mixed hardwood forest
- Established and producing varieties of edible cultivars–apples, grapes, blueberries, juneberries, and mulberries
- Small gardens with ample space to expand
- Walking paths to the neighbors’
- Boasts a diverse mix of edible wild and native plants
- Acreage is about 50/50 mixed woods and pasture
- Plenty of sun exposure, with trees for wind protection and shade as well
- Year round water
- Within ¼ mile of a small creek
- Barred owls, whippoorwills, tree frogs and mooing cows: the local symphony!
Specifics on the sale:
- All 20 acres for sale are part of the land trust, meaning the land is owned collectively
- Each homestead “stewards” their own private piece of the total acreage. In this case, half the sale is for private use and the other half is part of the shared acreage.
- This model allows the purchaser to pay for 20 acres, but have access to 40 total. In other words, 10 acres are for individual use and 30 are shared in common.
- You may be able to further divide the acreage at a later point, creating two homesteads where there is currently one. There is a natural topography and tree break that divides the 10 acres.
Who we are looking for:
- Folks interested in simple living, community involvement, and sharing the joys of a rural lifestyle.
- Families, couples, and individuals of all types that dream of a rural, handcrafted lifestyle amidst a community of fellow dedicated homesteaders
- Community members interested in off the grid living
- Folks who are excited to co-create and live within the Community Land Trust model
About the intentional community:
- Based on a homesteading model: each property has ample land for gardening, grazing, and orchards, etc. while sharing additional acreage collectively
- Swimming ponds, open fields, and mixed hardwood forests set the stage
- Conceptualized as rural land trust and similar in structure to a nearby community called Red Earth Farms
- Opportunity to contribute to the organization and implementation of the land trust
- Each homestead is encouraged to develop its own land use plan, and has the freedom to steward the land with great flexibility and creativity
- Though we are seeking parties who are interested in community-based lifestyle, the community is based on an independent homestead model that allows for individual decision making and a high level of autonomy.
- Most all of the homesteads in the neighborhood are off the grid, either providing their own wind and solar energy or living electricity-free.
About the neighborhood:
- A collection of homesteads and educational centers along the same gravel road, established in 2007
- Attracts folks interested in simplicity, DIY lifestyle, homesteading, sustainability, cooperation, cottage industries, and living with zest!
- Families with kids share childcare, meals, and antics
- Opportunities to homeschool with other families
- Amish and local Missourian neighbors add diversity and character
About the area:
- The area boasts mixed forests, pastures, rolling hills, delightful ponds, and gravel roads complete with Amish buggies.
- Five miles from the quaint, rural small town of La Plata
- Fifteen miles from college town of Kirksville, which offers university-affiliated arts culture as well as many resources for outfitting your homestead
- The university city of Columbia, MO is a 90-minute drive– close enough to reacquaint yourself with civilization
- The cities of St. Louis (3 hours), Kansas City (2.5 hours), and Chicago (5 hours) all serve as transportation hubs
- La Plata is on the Amtrak train line that runs between Chicago and L.A. (Southwest Chief)