How to Ride the Slide: Suburban Homesteading

19 thoughts on “How to Ride the Slide: Suburban Homesteading”

  1. Just wanted to say, years later, that the first paragraph of this post is a gem that helps keep me sane as I worry about the future. Thank you.

  2. Feel free to delete this — it’s just to let you know of a small typo:
    “I paid $50 for second hand General Electric steal 1954 cabinets” — should be *steel* cabinets I think? Even though at $50 they were also a “steal.”

  3. I found your blog, and this article, the same week my husband and I made an offer on a small ranch house on one acre in rural Indiana. Our goals and yours are remarkably similar. That being said, I have tried to find a wood stove similar to the one you put in your little house. I have not been successful. Would you mind sharing what make and model you installed?

  4. As an almost life-long Sonoma resident I can say that you smartly pulled off a miracle here. Congratulations! Hard work pays off.

  5. Good work here, I wanted to comment on your passive cooling on the western side. It seems you are on track to replacing the awnings with vines. From my experience this is a great move, the west side of my trailer has hops vines growing up it, and the transpiration of green leaves are like a living, self regenerating, tea brew-able swamp cooler. When the weather gets cold they automatically start letting in more sun.

    1. Yep. That’s the plan. To be specific, my tenants requested something that makes flowers and smells nice and doesn’t make a mess. I want fruit. So I’m going with a split strategy. Flowering deciduous vines will be trained horizontally up top, but easy to reach and tend fruit vines will grow close to the ground between the vertical posts.

  6. Once again, great post! I think that in the middle of all the doom and gloom it’s incredibly helpful to see concrete examples of what individuals can do if they’re smart with the resources available to them. You’re at the stage where I hope to be in a couple of years. For now, we have purchased agricultural land in a tourist destination close to two major cities. We have taken advantage of family farming expertise, and we grow/raise most of our food. Looking forward to more in this series!

  7. A little known fact is that there are self directed IRAs that allow you to purchase rental properties. I attended the Incremental Developer Alliance and realized that building a new infill building was too big of a lift for me with my current day job, but rehabbing a small property in a upcoming older walkable neighborhood might be feasible with some of my 401K savings. This would be true diversification, instead of the usual financial advice of stocks and bonds.

    I would be interested in some posts on what you look for in a property, find contractors, good tenants, manage repairs to properties when you are traveling, etc.

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