'Seeking a seriously eco-conscious individual or a couple to share a very unique home & lifestyle. 'Urge you to read this entire post carefully before responding.
I'm an IT-type, taking some time off to work on some personal projects and decide what's next. 'Been around Boulder for a long while. You can snoop my
to learn more about what i'm into, if you like. I'm male, 57.
The home is technically not "off-grid" but people seem to always describe it that way, and it does have similar characteristics. Located in a beautiful, peaceful, sunward-facing, canyon setting (off the base of Lee Hill in NW Boulder, barely into the foothills), it employs passive and active solar thermal. Grid-tied solar PV-electric system (w/ whole-house battery backup) that produces a net supply to the grid. Rooftop water harvesting system. Composting toilet. And a greywater recycling system.
The house is a partial strawbale structure. Has a loft for guests. Spacious deck area. Terraced garden beds. "Multi-species" bird coop. Detached sleeping "Shedroom". A fledgling orchard is in progress, a solarium/greenhouse is in the works, and more coldframes are in the cards too. 'All employing permaculture practices. Excellent broadband internet with WiFi. Some limited storage space. Wonderful views.
The home tends to be warm & comfortable in the winter, rather than marginally or wholly cold &/or exorbitantly expensive* like you can probably otherwise expect elsewhere. Likewise, tends to be cool & comfortable in the summer, practicing "passive AC".
* Of course that situation is only going to get worse, moving forward.
Gender balance is always a good thing, and we could have that right-off if a woman or a couple were to join the household. If we take on a 2nd guy now, then we would explicitly thereafter seek a single woman as a 3rd housemate. We could possibly do 4 humans by later taking on a couple. Running with just 3, would be more prudent. In my experience so far, it seems easier find guys than gals. Thus, there's a bias to finding a couple or a woman first, vs a second fellow. Ultimately though, having another guy around is a good thing when some burly effort is required ...or perhaps there's a woman possessing substantial burliness.
Strongly preferring car-free soul(s) since A) routine motoring is unsustainable (duh!) and your car-free status would unambiguously indicate your genuine commitment, which may otherwise be difficult to gauge in advance, and B) there's a seldom-used fossil fuel burner here already, and we'd like to avoid having the place look like a parking lot. That said, a cooperative car-sharing option is negotiable (TBD). Close enough to town & a mellow grade make it entirely bike commutable, if a bit of a hike. It's 1.75 miles to the intersection of Broadway & Lee Hill, in NW Boulder where the Skip & 204 bus routes reach. Fairly easy hitching / car-pooling to-n-fro.
Take note: If you're not already well-practiced at getting around w/o driving, it probably wouldn't work-out for you, unless you have hearty resolve.
Newsflash: The fossil fuel burner is gone! Now have an electric car that could be shared... negotiable & TBD.
Sorry, we are specifically not looking for any more pets ... we have some already that provide eggs, abundant entertainment, & fertilizer, and often roam freely w/o fear of fangs, etc.. Also have a beautiful 11 yr old, female Malamute. Not interested in trying to manage anything else/more.
Please don't even inquire about bringing another pet... we've been there, tried that, ...'just not interested.
Also not able to share the home with smokers... not just "smoking", but smokers & the smells that linger.
This is about engaged participation in sustainable & cooperative living, and not merely renting a room. Master gardener?... your "hired"! Otherwise need to be willing to dig-in & learn with us. We're also doing a CSA share with a local farm. Looking to frequently share meals, knowledge, insights, discoveries, stories, music, typical chores, atypical chores, projects, and much that is life... live it like you mean it!
While we're talking about chores, understand that they're not trivial, and are non-optional ... we endeavour to share the workload ~equitably.
All long-term housemates as well as short term guests need to be able to honor the
House Rules & Conventions
Please go read that PDF doc' thoroughly. 'Important details there.
Rent may be as little as $500 - $550 for an individual, or $800 for a couple (firm). Utilities are included. More by pre-agreement if utilizing a motor vehicle, and it would be significant if used often: Think "stiff & escalating carbon offsetting". Go read that link before responding. 'Expect that's why we tend to get so few inquiries... most people's routine still includes driving, unfortunately.
Some significant but limited opportunities for work-trade depending on a variety of factors (one definitely shouldn't count on it to make the monthly rent... 'too many variables).
Availability is ~flexible.
We also do some short-term rentals via Craig's "Vacation Rentals" and "Sublets & Temporary" sections, as well as AirBnB. 'Helps fill the void until the right long-term housemate(s) come along.
We're patient & determined. Please don't try to rush us into some sort of quick action, as that's just not our style in this matter.
Prospective housemates come in on a "prospective basis" for the first couple of weeks, and moreover pay an up-charge (short-termer rates) that's refunded incrementally over the next 6 months, but otherwise partially forfeited if they don't stay that long.
Prospects are expected to sign a written agreement & pay your first two weeks in advance, plus the next month's rent after that.
A security deposit is required up-front as well.
'Appreciate sincere inquiries from folks who've carefully considered outlined criteria. When you write, please include enough pertinent info about yourself so that we can readily distinguish you from 'bots, else we simply will not respond. Thanks. Please write to this address directly:
'Looking forward to meeting you... you're rare!
Lot's of photos here.