Acmeville Tract Homes: 2,500 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath, $250,000 ($2,000/month for 30 years, 20% down, plus insurance, title and closing fees, taxes, cookie cutter fee, and homeowner association fee). Your choice of three shades of beige and pastel vinyl siding.
Hitherwood Hills Ecovillage: your choice of 100 homes (30 unique designs by Owen Geiger) made with natural materials from 450 to 1,000 sq. ft. at $20/sq. ft. ($9,000 to $20,000 as part of a group DIY build), passive solar, superinsulated homes complete with renewable energy, high speed wireless Internet and fiber optic cabling, community kitchen and meeting hall with free nightly events, library, fitness center and shared laundry machines, coop membership, carpooling (20 minute drive to town), fully equipped workshop, nature paths through protected open space, access to adjoining 10 million acre national forest, 600 sq. ft. allotment in organic garden and greenhouse, 1,000 sq. ft. allotment in organic orchard, free fishing and swimming in private lake, no taxes or homeowner association fees.
Image 1 source: My House Analysis
Image 2 source: The Fifth Estate