Big news from the Bumbleshack!! After several months of searching, we found an awesome piece of land to put our tiny house on! But it is so much more than just a piece of land!! It is totally unrestricted, amid pastoral beauty, at 3700 feet elevation on the side of a beautiful mountain, just under 2 acres with almost 200 feet of rushing creek, an abundant spring for our drinking water, mature (HUGE) fruit producing apple trees, grape vines and a 100 year old 720 square foot house that we plan to renovate.
The property faces southeast and seems to be perfect for solar, lots of sun. I searched many different sites including landandfarm.com and landwatch.com, and I ended up finding this by owner on Craigslist! LOOOOVE Craigslist! This property was $55,900, owner financed with $8,000 down…a little more than we planned on spending, but we got absolutely everything on our wish list so it was well worth it to us.
The property has some interesting history too. The same families, the Messers and the Suttons, have owned the majority of the mountain for many, many years…and still do. Our neighbors, a Messer who married a Sutton, have lived on their property for more than 50 years, and the wife’s uncle used to own our property. The woman who lives across the road from us grew up in our house, and all of the neighboring properties are still owned by family members. Ever hear of the famous moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton? His old homestead is about a half mile down the mountain from us, and our neighbor is one of his relatives. There is an old still on the side of the road on the drive up to our place. Our neighbor has photos of our house from back in the day that she is going to dig up for us. I’d love to interview the remaining family members about their lives living on that mountain and create a coffee table book.
Our next door neighbors are a super sweet older couple (the Messer/Sutton couple), and she is excited to have girls living next door. She had all boys and apparently no female grandchildren either. The first time she met Hazy, she had her up on her lap and told her she wants her to run back and forth between our two houses and bake cookies with her all the time, even though she is a diabetic :-). Her husband has a beautiful vegetable garden and butterfly gardens, and he grows vines that he uses to make baskets that he sells in the fall. He is going to make Hazy a rod for fishing speckled trout from the creek.
We have a ton of work ahead of us! The property is completely overgrown (update: we have cleared about half of it at this point, and we have a nice spot picked out near the creek for the tiny house). I don’t think it had been mowed in at least 3 or 4 years, and we were only able to see a small portion of the creek before we bought it. The house needs to be completely renovated, including lifting the foundation in one place and new exterior siding. It has been pieced together over the years. Luckily, the house is water and animal proof, despite the years of being abandoned. It hasn’t been lived in since the 80’s. There is an adorable front porch, a metal roof, a stone fireplace that is completely intact, a cellar with windows and a door (I think they used it for storing canned food because there are small shelves along the walls), and it has 4 large rooms, plus one tiny room in the back…one is the living room, one is the kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and we think the back room was the bath/outhouse. There is no kitchen or bath right now…it has all been removed. It had electricity at one point but doesn’t now. We think they may have used the creek as their water source, although we have found pipes coming from the spring so they may have used that also.
The first thing we need to do is buy a large ladder and extension poles for fruit picking! The apple trees are ready to be picked, and we think they are honeycrisp apples, YUM! Time to set up a road side fruit stand! We couldn’t be more excited about our new venture…check out the slide show below and share in our excitement 🙂