It’s Not All Doomsday Prep: 6 Off-the-Grid Homes on the Market – News

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Off-the-grid living may conjure up images of underground bunkers, survivalists, military-grade weaponry, and frantic doomsday prep. But relax: There’s an infinitely kinder, gentler side of getting away from it all, too. Let’s focus on that side, shall we? Think less end-of-the-world paranoia, more glorious green getaways.
We found a handful of these rustic retreats that offer escape—and whether you do indeed buy one in anticipation of an apocalypse or merely to forsake city living is entirely up to you.
The off-the-grid lifestyle generally means functioning literally off the electrical grid, or any public utility like power, water, or sewage. Instead, homes function with battery power, solar power, generators, candlelight, wells, vegetable gardens—you get the idea.
But getting away from most of civilization doesn’t mean entirely roughing it. A few of the homes we found offer many of the features of a standard vacation property, from airy architecture to amenities including open layouts and gourmet kitchens. What you might sacrifice in comfort or size is generally made up by stunning surroundings.
Disconnect and check out these cool back-to-the-land properties available for sale.
Price: $799,000
Powerful pluses: Built in 2009, this luxury lakefront retreat is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home made entirely from recycled and sustainable materials. Its small-yet-smart design even caught the eye of Dwell magazine. The multiuse space includes fold-out glass doors that open to the outdoors, and computer-controlled photovoltaic power. Stay there yourself, or rent it out. An oasis in the woods is an easy sell.
Price: $599,900
Powerful pluses: According to the video promoting this home, this is “off-grid in style.” The contemporary construction on 35 acres boasts solar power and a backup generator. Cooking is done on a wood-burning cooktop, and wood-burning stoves warm the home in colder months. The property comes furnished and also includes a greenhouse and chicken coop.
Price: $62,500
Powerful pluses: Unplug and unwind in this cozy cabin in the mountains. This rustic retreat has no electricity, just a generator. Instead of being connected with your devices, you can sit outside, watch the clouds go by, enjoy the views, and experience the actual world around you. Built in 2003, the home sits on 5 acres and has one bedroom and one bathroom.
Price: $95,000
Powerful pluses: Think of this camping cabin as your starter home for a trial period away from the grid. The purchase price nets you 9.5 acres of land in the New Mexico mountains—and the option to build bigger someday. For now, the little home comes with solar panels, a sleeping loft, propane fridge, and range. A separate bathhouse has a composting toilet and shower with on-demand water heater.
Price: $1,475,000
Powerful pluses: A secluded 80 acres await you at this three-bedroom, two-bathroom property. The ranch includes a main house with pool and spa, guesthouse, caretaker’s apartment, two wells, a generator, solar power, and windmill. Grounds include mature oaks, ponds, and barns. This pricey entree into green living is close to Lake Morena and the beach, and surrounded by forest on three sides.
Price: $755,000
Powerful pluses: This 2,400-square-foot, solar-powered house comes with 122 acres for horses, hiking, and ATVs. The metal exterior is energy-efficient, as well as durable, and the interior offers an open layout. The parklike grounds are just 15 minutes from town, and the listing comes with a tractor, generators, and furnishings.
Claudine Zap covers celebrity real estate, housing trends, and unique home stories. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, New York Post, and SFGATE.
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