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  1. Hi, how much is the cost for selling a well if I buy property with the storage tanks I saw on the video? This part may make it too expensive. We are really interested seniors. What is the retirement home for? When we get too old to keep doing agriculture? What are the agriculture requirements please and the retirement home costs? This is such an awesome place and kids are protected from all the trash in schools. I am sure the state would get involved with their education or threaten the community. Must be a religious school. Hopefully Christian and not a specific religion. This type of community is already built and has been there 70 plus years. Multiple Christian population preferences I will have to look for the name but it is Eskdale Utah. They raise and do professional husbandry of cattle. And they would know a ton about growing a community. They even have a plane for medical emergencies. I have a ton of questions about costs of annul expenses. I guess electricity lines, sanitation that I assume is septic, water lines and the well. How much is an annual cost and what does it include please? Also, a cemetery may be a need. For undesignated land? Just thinking. Accidents happen. Pretty sure no state examiner report needed if person has seen doctor in 30 days but not sure for young accidental deaths in the community. Bike trail could be a danger and the agility place. Just thinking. How much total is the least expensive cost of land 2 acre, with electrical, septic, water with storage, everything but the home built please. Trying to figure out if we could do this. Does someone there build very simple non expensive homes? Thank you, I cannot find this info. Someone in the community will have this total and the annual community costs. Not a lot of money and then we have to all a condo and find a place to live with 3 kitties until all could be done. I guess storage could be built to store belongings until home built and occupied? Oh so many questions. Somebody must know these figures for 2024 or at least later 2023 but that could be way off. Thank you. Catherine

    1. Catherine, I’ll try to answer all your questions, though you may want to check out our Frequently Asked Questions pages over on AcademyOSR.com.

      Q: how much is the cost for selling a well if I buy property with the storage tanks I saw on the video?
      A: This is like a housing co-op in that when you join you become a co-owner of the entire 1,245 acres. Shares in the co-op are currently going for $30k (pre-owned) to $35k for a 2.0 to 2.4 acre lot.
      None of the pre-owned lots have storage tanks. They run around $2,000. Our founder buys them wholesale and add 10%.

      Q: What is the retirement home for? When we get too old to keep doing agriculture?
      A: Yes.

      Q: What are the agriculture requirements please and the retirement home costs?
      A1: Since we’re organized under Utah law as an agricultural co-op, all our residents must be “agricultural producers”, in other words, everyone needs to be producing some ag product or service.
      A2: The retirement center isn’t built yet. That old saying applies, “If it is to be, it is up to [us].” Our members haven’t got around to building it yet, though my sister did research everything involved.

      Q: How much is an annual cost and what does it include please?
      A: We just started having an annual road maintenance fee. I think it’s 300-something dollars. There are no other annual charges from the co-op.

      Q: I guess electricity lines, sanitation that I assume is septic, water lines and the well.
      A: Yes, everyone needs a septic system, a water well and storage tank, and a solar power system (there is no power grid for at least 20 miles).

      Q: Also, a cemetery may be a need. For undesignated land? Just thinking. Accidents happen. Pretty sure no state examiner report needed if person has seen doctor in 30 days but not sure for young accidental deaths in the community.
      A: Our members just dedicated some acreage for a cemetery. Hasn’t been needed yet!

      Q: How much total is the least expensive cost of land 2 acre, with electrical, septic, water with storage, everything but the home built please.
      A: We don’t build out the land for you, but it typically takes around $100,000 to get a share and to put in a solar system, septic system, water well and storage, and a greenhouse.

      Q: Does someone there build very simple non expensive homes?
      A: Yes, two of our residents are starting to build “turn-key homesteads” here. First one should be done in late September just in time for our Homesteading Festival.

      Q: I guess storage could be built to store belongings until home built and occupied?
      A: Sure. Many purchased 40′ shipping containers (including me) and use those for storage.

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