Now Looking for People to Join our Eco-Haven in the Ozarks
Since the 1920s there have been multiple waves of migration into American cities from the countryside and multiple migrations back to the country. This ebbing and flowing has been primarily a reaction to economic conditions. Once again America is in an economic tailspin. It is likely that it will be decades before our national economy is steady and dependable. During these years more urban Americans will be seeking rural homes, some for survival, some for lifestyle change, some for environmental conditions, including greater control over necessities. This time around, more may stay in the country. In 2019, the Pew Research Center finds that citizens see America in decline on many fronts. High prices and over-crowding are conditions that are worsening and, perhaps, never-ending.
Here at RURALIZE we have a rural bias. From backgrounds both rural and urban, we find country living to be superior. And we like to help others create and enjoy this superior lifestyle. If you would like to learn rural ways you are in the right place here. RURALIZE aims to help those who want to be more in charge of their lives: growing food, creating safe and sustainable homesteads, getting closer to the earth that nurtures us all. Here, you are with friends. Pull up a chair. And by all means, enjoy the journey.
WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY WITHIN OUR 130 ACRES, NESTLED IN A FORESTED VALLEY OF THE OZARKS. 4 PLOTS OF 5-10 ACRES ARE FOR SALE TO COUPLES OF SIMILAR VALUES. IT IS NOW THE TIME TO BRING HEARTWOOD HAMLET TO LIFE.
Hamlet is defined as a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village. It originally comes from the word for home, which as we know, means to settle, dwell, be home.
This is exactly what we’re looking for within our hamlet, to invite gentle, values-compatible neighbors to share our eco-sensitive lifestyle. Currently we have 4 offerings within the hamlet- read on to learn more.
At Heartwood, we have natural beauty, peace, quiet, serenity, security and freedom. There are no enforced building codes; homes and outbuildings may be unique designs built from wood from the forest, stones from everywhere and sand, gravel and clay found on the property.
Increasingly in our modern times, people are looking for alternative, sustainable ways to live that bring fulfillment, enjoyment and closer earth connection. Young people, especially, in search of this land-based dream can sometimes be stopped by the up front prices of land or home ownership. This is one reason we’ve created Heartwood Hamlet, to make land stewardship more accessible for young people.
Within our 130 acres located 20 minutes from the small town of Dora, Missouri, we have 3 5-10 acre building sites available. Each of these has stream frontage along the 3/4 mile stretch of Hurricane Creek which runs through the property and is a year round stream fed by multiple springs. We also have a site with an existing A-Frame cabin with 10 acres available that has running water and electricity. See below for more details.
The watershed is over 2,800 acres, most of which is uninhabited and natural. Ours is the only home in the hollow, besides the A-Frame. The property is primarily wooded with various oaks, shortleaf pine, eastern red cedar, sycamore and hickory.
As established homesteaders, we know how hard it can be to get started, so we offer various opportunities that we can share.
Along with foraging and selective logging on the 130 acres, we also offer use of our sawmill, planer (with training) and other tools, and use of existing high tunnel & greenhouse. We also have an area where more garden beds can be made.
The A-Frame cabin is a partially finished building for sale with 10 mostly wooded acres. It is 24′ long, 20′ wide and has a 24′ high roof.
The A-Frame is situated more than 200 feet from the original homestead site where we live, and has privacy as it is surrounded by trees. The A-Frame is a lease-to-buy option ($5,000 down with $800/month rent- some of that goes toward purchase price) or is for sale for $30,000.
Electricity & running water
New appliances (stove, refrigerator, water heater, bathtub/shower)
New doors & windows
Recently spray foamed with high quality insulation
Finish building interior including boards to cover spray foam insulation. We have most of the pine paneling (which was milled on site) ready for this purpose.
Floor coverings needed in living room & upstairs (currently plywood).
Upstairs vanity & toilet in addition to downstairs toilet in laundry room.
As you can see, there is not much left to finish off this building which has a living/dining room, kitchen, laundry room with toilet, bathtub/shower, utility sink, washer/dryer and water heater. Upstairs there is a bedroom, balcony and bathroom including toilet and vanity.
With some finishing touches, this house is a perfect homesteader’s dream and will get you off to a good start!
THESE BUILDING SITES ALL CONTAIN FRONTAGE ON HURRICANE CREEK AND ARE 5-10 ACRE PLOTS AT $1,500/ACRE. THEY ALL OFFER EXCELLENT BUILDING SITES AND ROAD ACCESS.
Hurricane Creek is a year-round stream fed by many springs and a large watershed of forested hillsides. It runs clean and clear and is the source of all our water. Drinking water is purified by a Big Berkey filter.
The sites and sizes have been chosen to maximize privacy and personal expression.
Parcel A has a homesite just above a low waterfall so we think of this place as Watersong. A few trees may have to be removed to make the house clearing and a road will have to be developed. The house would ideally be built into the south-facing hillside for maximum energy efficiency. A small watercress spring could be developed for household water. Across the stream and west is a finger field of about eight acres that has springs on its south side.
Parcel B is the most challenging building site but offers maximum opportunity for unique design. Large rocks, abundant sight and sounds of the stream and a seasonal spring are primary features. The spring ran continuously for twenty years, stopped during a drought of many years ago, but has been since flowing again. I envision a structure wrapping around the hillside just above the stream, to maximize the views and sunlight. This parcel is closest to our house and sharing our garden is a realistic scenario.
Parcel C has the most level land, has a fine stand of pine trees, a great view of the bluff, offers several house sites in the trees or right at the stream. The house could be in the pines and face north for the view or be near the stream road and face south for maximum energy efficiency. Part of the land was a cleared field many years ago and a small field could fairly easily be created.
Heartwood is in Ozark County, Missouri, smack dab in the middle of the Ozarks. Springfield, Missouri is two hours northwest; West Plains, Missouri is one hour east; Branson, Missouri is two hours west; Mountain Home, Arkansas is one hour south.
Our driveway is a County maintained County Road and one of the house sites can be made accessible off of this road. Other house sites are nestled in the valley and have access paths or roads to them.
We are looking for responsible, non-smoking couples to share our homestead life in Hurricane Hollow with us. We are offering these parcels within our larger acreage for sale and seek like-minded couples to share our eco-haven with us.
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.