Grow and raise your own food on this carefully designed homestead with off-grid power, built in 2009. On a dirt road with a private feel, it is also intentionally situated to allow participation in a wonderful local community of organic farmers and like-minded people. The open-concept, compact, south-facing house uses its orientation to the fullest with plenty of south glazing for sun-tempered indoor winter temperatures. The cordwood house has 18″ thick walls and is built of natural materials including local wood, and lime-putty mortar (similar to what the Romans used). The standing-seam roof includes two and a half-foot roof overhangs keep out rain and the summer sun, but allow the winter sun to heat and light the interior. Heat and winter hot water are provided by a super-efficient and clean-burning Masonry Heater (aka Russian Fireplace) which heats the house with two cords of wood a year, while summer hot water is provided by a small, efficient propane unit. There is a backup direct-vent propane heater (no electricity needed) for shoulder seasons.

The 900sf house includes an open-concept kitchen/dining/living area on the sunny south side, as well as an office/extra room. An entry/mud space provides plenty of room for coats and boots, off of which is a utility room. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. The energy-efficient windows are equipped with custom insulated shades for winter warmth as well as summer coolness.

In front of the house is a large fenced kitchen garden. Perennial food plants around the property include highbush blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries, grapes, asparagus, plum, walnut, apple, and pine-nut trees, among others.

The property is roughly 10 acres, surrounded by a large land-holding of 200 acres. Approximately five to six acres of pasture are enclosed by hard (stock-panel) fencing, for what was previously a goat dairy and more recently has pastured sheep and poultry. Outbuildings include a barn with goat-milking parlor, chicken coop, shop/garage, woodshed, hay shed, garden shed, storage shed, and summer outhouse for visiting guests. The grid-tied, fully winterized bunkhouse would be perfect for farm apprentices or Air BnB. Approximately 4 acres of mixed woods backs the pastures. There is a 350-gallon rainwater collection system for crops and livestock.

The house runs entirely on DC electricity supplied by a solar electric system with two 205-watt PV panels, four deep-cycle batteries, charge controller, inverter, power monitor and circuit panels for both AC and DC. Installed lighting is strictly DC. There is a DC water pump to pressurize the water system and a DC refrigerator. The kitchen includes a stainless steel Bison hand pump for backup/alternative water pumping. Water is supplied by a 120′ drilled well. The graywater system includes an EnviroSeptic leach field.

This is a beautiful, unique property in a very special place and community. For information contact Ashley Messner at 508-612-0584.

Survival Features
Fenced or Gated
Barn, Fenced Pasture, Fields, Garden
Well or Spring
Off-Grid, Solar/Hydro/Wind
Cell, Internet, Phone
Year Round Road
Large Properties, Undeveloped Land
Home Features
2 bedrooms
1 baths


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