I posed the following questions to Darlene Yarbrough, a real estate agent in Crestone, Colorado to get her response: Our readers are interested in low cost land with minimal code restrictions for building earthbag houses. Could you point to areas near Crestone where this is feasible, and the approximate cost per acre. And could you briefly discuss the option of buying land with an existing trailer house and septic, and then possibly building outbuildings later. I’d like to show the benefits of working with a realtor/real estate agent who knows the area.
“Our land is primarily in a development called The Baca Grande. Off-grid lots run from $5,000 – $15,000. Well and septic are needed. Half of the development has lots in a water district and must hook up. I don’t really have low cost land without covenants. However, there is no engineering approval required in the Baca to build an earthbag dwelling. The only inspections are the plumbing, electrical and then the Property Owner’s association wants to see that it gets completed within 18 months and they will extend. The off-grid land is inexpensive in my viewpoint as you can 1.5-3 acres for $5,000-9,000. There is no building code.
We don’t have trailers with septics here much. I do know of manufactured homes existing with septics. We are under Covenants and Restrictions of a HOA. Only building inspections are electrical and plumbing and the architectural and environmental committee of the HOA. So, it is more liberal, but there some rules.
I don’t have land outside of this development available to discuss except sometimes for larger tracts which run $100,000 and up. There’s also a mobile home park on the water district system (no septics).”
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