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East Tennessee Bears

East Tennessee Homesteading

Démarré par DragonBear dans East Tennessee Bears il y a 5 mois

I asked this on another discussion but thought i would get more exposure with a new discussion. My wife and I want to move to East Tennesse and start a home stead. We are looking for suggestions of communities that are homestead friendly. Locations that are close to moderately sized cities because we will likely still need to be working, at least in the beginning. 

We are also looking for income sources on a homestead. logging was one thing that came to mind but this requires a large acreage of land. we are looking in the range from 2-10 acres. If we went big like 100 acres to log we would likely end up with debt so that is probably out of the question. 

Hello! We found land to start a Homestead in the area between Knoxville and Chattanooga. I don't know how Homestead friendly it is, but there are plenty of farms around here and the people are wonderful.
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I was born in Chatt, raised in Knox. Knoxville is getting pretty popular in general. The best moves I think would be either very east or west knox. South towards maryville is nice and if youre anywhere west of the city you'll get closer to the lakes. I grew up west Knoxville. But melancholy Bear is also crushing for sure in that area. Land gets pretty cheap just outside city limits near 75 and 40 south/west respectively
il y a 4 mois

awsome thanks for the input. we are looking in the knoxville, tri city, and chattanooga region mostly. sounds like melancholy is out in the country more. we have not determined how rural we want to get. 30-60 minute drive from a metro area is what we are looking for. my skills are CAD based with construction so right now it looks like we will be relying on that for a living until the homestead is really established. which is find i like what i do, just rying to figure out how to blend it with self sustainablility. 

Zach i have heard rumors a major drug problems in Knox can you confirm?

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I would say as much as any other university town, the further away you are from north or east knox the better if memory serves. I live in Nashville now but so much family is there I visit often.

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yea most of my job opportunities are in nashville but we want to be in a smaller city where a 30 minute drive gets you to a small town where you can have land. definitely  considering just trying to live off the land on cheap land with a double wide until we can afford to build our own. 
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Loudon, McMinn and Polk Counties are good choices. Lots of beautiful and fertile land and low taxes. But as much land as you can comfortably afford in cash. I have an acre and a garden; it’s awesome! Come on with it and let’s hang when you get here!
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Not ‘but’

Fat-fingered, autocorrect nonsense...

You get it. 

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@RuggedPossum  thanks for the input. im still trying to balance work/income and homesteading. my skills are very computer based so unless i found a remote gig i would need to be close to a city. Also struggling with finding the land with a house for a decent price. TN taxes are low but property value is high. We have 3 kids and  hope for more so tiny home or camping out till we build a house doesn't seem like a viable option. So im working on saving for as big of a down payment as possible so my mortgage is minimal. we will check out those counties when we visit the end of this month
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We are digging around the tri city ar this weekend and Knoxville  next week to scope out the area.  We would bre interested in a bear meet up if anyone else is.  585-545-1300
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@Melancholy_Bear  what made you choose sweetwater? we drove through there when we were visiting. its a nice small town. not to far from the big lake and the mountains. we really like marryville but think it will be expensive

shout out to @RuggedPossum   he met up with us. showed us a great spot to view the mountians and even brought us pastries. much apreciated.  hope i can repay the kindness in the future

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@DragonBear  Awesome to hear about your meet-up! I trust I will meet both you and @RuggedPossum  some day. I hope to gather a bunch of bears on our land one day for a picnic and bonfire.

We didn't pick Sweetwater, per se. We knew we liked east Tennessee around Knoxville in general. We liked Chattanooga also. We happened to find our land on Zillow for sale that met our needs. We made an offer (before coronu) and it worked out. That's how we ended up being near Sweetwater. It was the Lord's providence more than anything. 

We drove through Maryville also. We hear good things about it. We drove out to Walland too, very mountainous. Out by Pigeon Forge seemed too busy and touristy for us.

p.s. We aren't living there yet, otherwise we would have definitely been up for getting together.

p.s.s. If you guys are up for using the app, Signal, for secure private messaging, we could start our east TN group on it now if you want. Our central TX bear group is using it and it keeps us all in touch pretty well. Our policy for vetting people on it is that we have to meet new bears in person first before adding them on Signal. You guys haven't met me yet, but you've met each other.

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A special shoutout to two great Bears: @melancholy-bear  and @DragonBear

I am anticipating the day when we shall all gather with our progeny, feast upon salted dead animals, draw long draughts from weighty tankards, and exchange tales and wisdom while being warmed by a fire created of our own work and desire! Keep the faith and remain strong, my brothers, for there is much work ahead of us in this beautiful and abundant land! 

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your a bit of a poet huh @RuggedPossum

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