For sale: off the grid rural properties
If your looking for off the grid rural properties its important to do your research before you buy. The first decision you need to make is do you look to buy an existing off the grid rural property or do you look for a blank canvass and develop it from scratch. There are pros and con’s on both options and obviously the budget you have available will be an integral component to shaping the outcome.
Buying an existing off the grid rural property
The beauty of buying an existing property is that most of the hard work has been done. The vendor will know the strengths and weakness of the house the land and the region and adapted to them overtime. Understanding the seasonal challenges of living off the grid and making adjustments around power, water supply, heating, waste etc can be the difference between success and failure.
With existing infrastructure in place you also have an understanding of what if any future capital expenditure is required to maintain the lifestyle. If you decide to buy an existing property and have short listed the region and have a clear budget then its just a mater of remaining patient until you find the right property.
Specialist rural website’s such as farmbuy.com provide the ideal place to start your journey.
Building an off the grid rural property
If you decide to build your dream property it can be a challenging but also incredibly rewarding experience. The research required needs to be detailed and extensive with almost every factor needs to be accessed.
Living off the grid means living in a self sufficient manner without public utilities. This is not only electrical power it includes water supply, gas, heating and sanitation.
Clearly the local climate plays a significant impact on the selection process. Having enough rainfall water throughout the year is vital. Understanding the seasonal sunlight hours and wind are essential for providing a consistent power supply. The size and aspect of the land are also key factors to the decision making process. Does the aspect provide the opportunity to capture the maximum sunlight hours? Is there a dam or the potential to build one? Is there a well, stream or spring on the property?
Understanding what you can and can’t do to the property is important. This link will help you understand the many pitfalls of buying a bush block and building your off the grid dream.
The recent advances in the technology have made a considerable impact to off the grid living. Solar Power energy storage and domestic wind turbines are two areas of significant improvement in recent years. The Government website yourhome.gov.au provides some excellent information to start your research. This site also provides valuable information on sanitation options such as septic tanks, dry toilets and composting toilets etc.
NYMBOIDA – NSW
1000 acres(approx) is on offer with approximately 30% cleared and the rest natural bushland. Rainfall is not an issue in this area with the seasonal endless creek passing through and approx 5 dams on offer. Fencing is quite minimal throughout the property. This property was logged around 20 years ago and regrowth is starting to mature nicely. Several home sites on offer (STCA) with magnificent views! No power available, but the owner has detailed information and prices on solar plants.
SLOPING MAIN- TAS
50 Acres. Surrounded by unmatched natural beauty and magnificent coastal views. You can relax on your own generous parcel of land of approximately 50 acres. Each allotment has gently sloping land with a 1 hectare building envelope and potential for dam sites. Plenty of room to build in complete privacy (stca).
STOCKYARD CREEK – NSW
Nestled among approximately 100 acres (40ha) of beautiful Australian bushland, is this renovated and extremely spacious four bedroom home large enough for even the biggest of families. Since purchasing, the home has undergone improvements and renovations in every part of the dwelling. A stand alone solar system allows for completely off-grid living.
MAREEBA – QLD
Have you ever wanted to go bush and leave all your urban cares behind? This 152 freehold acre property offers you just that opportunity. With approximately 30 acres cleared, this land is level to hilly including mountainside which you can climb for awesome views. A one bedroom transportable is located on the property for your weekend getaways and there are two dams plus a 2 meg irrigation water licence for plenty of water.