A visit to Emerald Village

A member of our group learned about this community, and it seemed like a great place to visit.  As part of our research, getting a chance to see other communities makes us think of what we would want to have in a community.  In addition, we get a realistic perspective on the amount of work, the planning process required, and other challenges. 

Right away, I could imagine taking care of chickens and goats, planting fruit trees, and walking the peaceful grounds.  The outdoor kitchen is a fabulous idea, giving a sense of welcome to everyone who joins shared meals.  We listened carefully to stories about unexpected problems that can occur, and what it takes to maintain a large property.  It spurred a very good discussion about different types of properties and features.   

The residents were so generous with their time.  Visit the Emerald Village website to learn more about their site.

They have great resources and videos on their page for Activated Villages, which helps groups looking at properties know what to do to prepare.  View the helpful workshop videos which provide information on real estate and types of housing loans.  They recommend getting together with your group and doing a vision exercise to write out what each person is picturing for the community, then organize the themes as a way to start your discussion.  Figure out how the group will discuss individual finances and assess income.  This sounds like a part of the discussion that would need special handling!  The group should talk with a business lawyer, CPA, or financial planner.  

I particularly love their positive message that this is possible, we just need to get creative to create the lives we envision.  “Real estate is the easy part. Getting people together is the hard part.”