Intentional Communities: The Alternative Subdivision

Richard Smith and his wife had their lives changed forever when they discovered Homesteading Ridge, an intentional community of like-minded people that focus the construction of their neighborhood around a self-sustaining lifestyle.

| July/August 1979

When my wife and I tell folks that our new home gives us easy access to fresh eggs . . . broilers . . . fryers . . . beefsteak (at 90 cents a pound! ) . . . goats' milk . . . enough fresh vegetables to last a full season . . . nice neighbors . . . privacy . . . miles of riding trails . . . and all the peace and tranquility that nature can provide, the listeners always assume that we've found ourselves a quiet country paradise. But the truth of the matter is, we live in a subdivision!

I'll admit, however, that Homestead Ridge — located 15 minutes east of downtown Tallahassee, Florida (and the same short drive from either of two shopping centers) — is unlike any other such development I've seen.

Stumbling Upon an Intentional Community

My wife and I spent months searching for a place where we could get out from under the high prices, sirens in the night, hot asphalt, and smog of city life . . . but still not be absolutely isolated.

Then — quite by accident — we discovered Homestead Ridge . . . a settlement made up of two-and-a-half-acre plots and complete with wide streets (they're unpaved, but well-maintained), a community-owned water system with no chemicals added, and neighbors who are near enough at hand for company, but not too close for comfort!

Better yet, the only critters we were told we couldn't raise in the unique development were hogs, and — as it turns out — most of the residents don't even agree with that restriction. (With modern techniques and a little attention to basic sanitation, swine needn't be as odorous as many unfounded fables would have us believe.)

Well, we were convinced. We bought the property and took advantage of the "mutual" water system. At $4.50 per month (half the cost of city water), we couldn't justify installing a $1,500 well . . . although many folks have chosen to bore shallow "water holes" for irrigation purposes.

Richard Bassi
6/1/2014 9:12:08 PM

Keep me posted.... Thanks

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