Rising prices and increasing access to information about sustainable living are driving more and more people to start researching off-grid properties for sale. Their desire to live off the grid makes sense, as reducing dependence on city systems is a fantastic way to save money on utility bills and live a more simple, sustainable life on your own land.
Where to Live Off-Grid in Colorado
Location is one of the most critical considerations when looking at off-grid properties for sale. First, you need to find a county with zoning laws that allow living off-grid. More broadly, to live off your land, the climate must provide enough weather for alternative energy sources, water for drinking and irrigation, sunlight for growing crops, and comfortable temperatures for raising livestock.
When it comes to living off-grid in Colorado, Western Colorado is a prime location, offering abundant agricultural acres, an ideal climate for growing crops, dry air, abundant sunshine, and plenty of waterways. Many of the top-producing agricultural counties in Colorado are on the Western Slope.
What You Want in Off-Grid Properties For Sale
Before you retain a real estate broker to help you find off-grid properties for sale, you should check in with yourself about how off-grid you want to be. For example, some people just want to live a more sustainable, renewable lifestyle, so a house with solar electricity that’s otherwise still on the grid will suffice. Other people want to live fully off-grid, so they will need a property with alternative electricity and heating sources, spring-fed drinking water, an outhouse or composting toilet, and water rights for irrigating crops and sustaining animals.
In Colorado, you must be cognizant of laws, covenants, and regulations that dictate what off-grid systems you can establish on your land. These include:
- Zoning laws, like permitted use and minimum lot size, explain whether you can build a residence or use your land for agricultural purposes.
- Covenants, conditions, and restrictions – which are written in the property deed – protect the surrounding environment.
- The Colorado 35-Acre Law states that land on less than 35 acres must meet certain sewage and infrastructure requirements.
If you plan to live on your off-grid property, you probably want to find alternative sources of electricity, water, and sewage. Luckily, natural resources are rife in Colorado with plenty of streams and 300 days of sunshine annually.
At the time of writing this blog post, we have several off-grid mountain lots for sale at the base of the Grand Mesa in the Oak Creek Reserve subdivision.
Start Your Search for an Off-Grid Property in Colorado Today
Nature, agriculture, and a zest for sustainability run deep through Western Colorado, so you’ve chosen the perfect place to settle. Consider how off-grid you want to live, what restrictions may stand in your way, and what alternative energy sources you plan to use. Then, you’re ready to meet with a real estate broker to start hunting.