The post below was about some of us trying to start a new home in Santa Cruz, California, with a fruit-and-veggie and yogi/healer vibe. I'm still into that idea especially after April/May 2013, but we're now considering Asheville, North Carolina, as an option too (similar vibe as Santa Cruz but much cheaper rent - $275-500/month per room). Just wrote a post on the Asheville idea here:
Please contact me ASAP if interested in the Santa Cruz or Asheville home idea! Hoping to move our first group in January or February 2013. One or more of the rooms may come available then for you after March 2013.
Here's my original post:
SANTA CRUZ HOME DETAILS
Some fellow fruit-loving friends and I are talking about starting a new home here in Santa Cruz, California, in 2013 a.s.a.p. I'm thinking a total of probably 3-5 people, maybe more. So far there are 7 or 8 of us maybe interested, but most are just "maybes" or "probably nots/can'ts." Hopefully under $600/month per person, but may have to be more like $750.
Santa Cruz is a very special, very friendly, progressive, hippie-sorta town by both beach and redwood forests 2 or 3 hours from San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland. Lots of happy ions and vibes here. Beautiful hiking and relaxing beach both within easy bike ride or car ride. Easy to live here without a car... practically everyone has a bike and there are buses and walking paths too. Since I don't have a car, we'd live in an especially bikeable section of Santa Cruz, pretty near the beach and downtown.
It's not as hectic and concretey as say San Francisco, but not so small that there aren't plenty of things to do. Perfect size, in my opinion.
Stuff to do in Santa Cruz:
Ecstatic dances, kirtans, big farmer's markets, natural food stores, fruit trees to forage, restaurants (easy to find vegan options), bike co-op, rockclimbing gym, meetup groups for any interest (biking, hiking, Buddhism, whatever you want), beach volleyball, dog beach, yoga studios, dance studios, basketball courts, skateboarding park, community gardens, rollerskating rink, massage schools, acupuncture schools, affordable community college, not-as-affordable-yet-great university (University of Santa Cruz), bars/nightclubs/venues, movie theaters, holistic healers, etc., etc., are all here. There's an important history of surfing here too, so you can easily get into surfing or at least watch surf competitions too.
If you want more options you can just drive over the hill to Silicon Valley or a bit further to San Fran/Oakland/Berkeley. California has so many music festivals through the year too, and there are amazing places to drive to within the state like Big Sur, Harbin Hot Springs, Yosemite, etc. Hawaii isn't too too far away.
Some of those things are things I do so you'd be welcome to tag along with me if you wanted. We could be friends or just acquaintances...
Weather is Mediterranean climate mild. Nice warm, comfy spring/summer/fall and rain (no snow) in fall/winter.
So yep, it's a great place (I've lived here about a year and a half). It'd be fun to live with people who are into eating low-fat raw vegan (we could buy bulk fruit, forage and garden together!) and just generally are into health, like being outside and not super into drugs or alcohol, into exercise, tidy, communicative, pretty positive mindset. Santa Cruz is a great city for interests like that - very nature-loving, spiritual, liberal, crunchy place, near where most of the United States' fruits and veggies come from!
One of my friends likes the idea of a 100% raw kitchen, but others are into the idea of cooked food being okay, so still sorting out those details. We could have some potlucks, healing workshops, etc., in the house maybe? But I'm not looking for 24/7 party atmosphere really... enough privacy/downtime would be cool too... definitely friendly, chill, relaxed, warm, low-drama, comfy, awesome home, with friends and loved ones totally welcome. (And hopefully foster dogs and couchsurfers!)
Also, at least one of us would do massages/Reiki in a massage room or area in the house. If you're a bodyworker or energyworker you could use it too.
Ok, that's more than enough details for now I guess... please comment or private message me a.s.a.p. if you're interested please :)
Rent is 350 plus utilities. There will probably be one room open from now through June... not sure if that's very long term though haha
That is so insanely wonderfully cheap. Pretty sure I remember seeing a fruitarian house in Austin on bnb or whatever that rent-your-room-out website is that Ashton Kutcher likes :) Fun synchronicity here... I'm actually gonna be in Austin for the first time Jan. 16-Feb. 6 to visit a friend!! So we can meet :) In the meantime I'd love to chat on the phone and will send you my # now.
UPDATE: I'm strongly considering 3-5 months in Arcata, California, now. Seems to have practically all the perks of Santa Cruz (including California massage laws), just a bit smaller (so even more bike-friendly) and way cheaper rent. I can also get ride there from here in Santa Cruz, saving me flight cost. Will still consider similar little cheap-rent bikeable hippie town (Austin, Ashland, Asheville, etc.) for 3-5 months as a back-up plan. Then probably want to spend summer living here in Santa Cruz.
Could be into Asheville in the future. (Still in Austin for now though, has been great so far.)
I live in ashland right now and would consider getting a place with some like minded individuals. I currently am renting a studio for $525 but if a few people go in on a house it can be cheap. I also have a good place to get fruit for decent prices :)
That sounds awesome! I work in the city so Santa Cruz is a little far for me.
I am open to all of this! Whether it be Santa Cruz, Ashland, Ashville, had not really looked into Austin :) This sounds soo perfect
The Santa Cruz house (or wherever it ends up being) sounds like a great idea. After my epic 9 month trip through central america, I need to think about where I want to live next. California would be on the top of my list of places to try and live. I have never been to Santa Cruz, but will be in CA for the month of October. I am going to be taking a bus from Frisco down to Santa Barbara...I could stop by SC for a day or two and check it out I suppose...