If you live in the Asheville area, are available to move into a new housing situation next month, and are interested in communal living as an exercise in saving money, saving energy and exploring new ways of community that are really just old ways, keep reading…
This weekend I am visiting a family in Barnardsville that is undertaking a 12-month sojourn in Chile starting in January, and who needs someone to rent their 4-bedroom house while they’re gone. I’ve run my commune idea by the family, and they are interested in talking to me about trying a test-run of communal living for one year (this would let me try rural living and communal living without even selling my house!).
If things continue to interest me and work out, I’m hoping to find a minimum of three nonsmoking, drug-free housemates to share the 4-bedroom home for a year.
The house is $1250 a month (without utilities), with a well and some heating help from solar panels. It’s on 160 shared, rural acres with fruit trees and cross-country skiiing trails. Barnardsville is beautiful, and a 25-minute commute to Asheville. There’s even a piano.
The house is fully furnished and the owners prefer to keep it that way, but seem to be willing to work with the renters.
If you’re interested in learning more about this idea, send me an email (click on the “About Jennifer” page). It’s too soon for me to be making anyone an offer, but if I decide to go for it I’ll post more details fast, because I’ll need to make the Beck family an offer by Christmas.
Please feel free to share this blog post. Anyone seriously considering being part of this experiment needs to be nonsmoking and drug free, plus have two references and proof of employment.
I don’t think dogs are allowed — not my rules, but the Becks’. Cats and kids are OK.
Piano players and fellow knitters are encouraged to apply.
(Don, all this would mean for you — if anything even happens, which is not yet certain– is that you’d get the house to yourself. I would seriously consider renting the house to you for a year, furnished and at a reduced rate, because I know you are honest and reliable, plus you have cute kids.)