If you’ve ever glanced at the post tags on this blog, you may have noticed the word agriburbia. It’s often defined as a green alternative to typical urban sprawl, where new housing is built around agricultural lots devoted to food production.
The idea is that open land is saved from intense development, and residents get to grow their own food and/or buy from (very) local farmers. The New York Times just ran an article about it today, citing various “agrihoods” around the country, and I can’t deny they’re inspiring. But I have to wonder if that same concept couldn’t be applied to existing neighborhoods instead, and used as a tool for revitalization?
When I say agriburbia, I’m usually describing suburban properties that are ideal for small-scale farming. And more often than not, they’re in North County.
We happen to have some amazing soil up here – historically rich soil! – not to mention hundreds of beautiful, well-built houses on acreage. That’s probably why a steady stream of suburban homesteaders is heading north and scooping up affordable gems like this sweet new listing in Bellefontaine Neighbors.
This 1968 brick beauty sits on one acre on a private dead-end street that most people don’t even know exists. Yes, it’s in the Riverview Gardens school district, but 10433 Toelle Lane offers 4 bedrooms & 2 baths in 1908 square feet, and was listed yesterday by Dave Tedoni, RE/MAX, for just $125,000.
Also brand new to the market is 10429 Toelle, right next door…
This 1953 Cape Cod is available for the first time in 44 years and comes with a one-acre yard plus 3 bedrooms & 2 baths in 1687 square feet. It was listed yesterday by Randy Birkemeier, Grassmuck Realty, for $110,000!
Will these properties appeal to everyone? Of course not. But for those with a pioneering spirit and a desire to work the land and build their own little “agriburbia” paradise, these NoCo treasures could be just what the farmer ordered!
If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you either of these properties, give me a call. This is also a great time for sellers, so I’d be happy to run some numbers for you!