Off-grid home in rural napa county
My husband (Terry) and I have recently retired and would like to spend time with new grandchildren in various states. We are initially looking for short term care for our home and animals, but could see long term trips in the future!
I am a retired Occupational Therapist and worked in schools supporting students who needed a "boost" to find their way with academic work. Terry worked as a geotechnical (civil) engineer. We both love living on this land and feel a great responsibility to care for the land and animals as though we are all connected (sounds mushy but I can't think of a better way to say it). We like to leave a fairly small footprint and compost, drive high milage vehicles and do our best to grow our own food. It's kind of fun living this way. The one thing missing in our lives is a sense of community, which can be tricky living so far from town.
Our Home & Location
Our home is a small but comfortable, 2 bedroom/2 bath (outdoor bed is extra). We are off-grid and have a good solar system which allows nearly normal living (limited blow-drying!). We have a well stocked kitchen, full size fridge and gas stove, all in great shape. Heat is propane and keeps the house comfy even in coldest winter. indoor beds include one single, one full.
Most beautiful views of hills and Lake Berryessa, with lake access a steep 10 minute walk or short 2 mile drive. Croquet, ping pong and tether ball for fun. Wifi supports netflix, etc. We are 45 minutes to St. Helena (nearest large town) and 25 minutes to Angwin (teeny town with grocery store and gas). We get great cell for verizon and AT&T, some roaming for other providers. To find us on a map, we are on the northwest side of lake berryessa, near where pope canyon road meets knoxville road.
Bicycles and kayaks available for use....
For someone who loves nature, walks, lake fun...this is paradise. If you have to go into town frequently the drive can get old (it is a beautiful drive!). We are surrounded by government property on 3 sides (BLM, Bureau of Reclamation) and have walking trails in all directions. Locked driveway gate.
We have many outbuildings including a large barn, sheds, sweetwater bungalow and goat stalls. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our pets need morning and evening feeding/water as a minimum. They greatly appreciate walks (morning and evening are their favorites) which are super fun for humans but not necessary on a daily basis. Because we are off grid and have our own well, some monitoring of water and power is needed, which requires checking a guage inside the house for solar charging, and may require walking up a hill (5 min) to check water levels in tanks, depending on time of year.
We are located away from civilization, and although we have all the modern conveniences (and a very capable guard dog), this location requires comfort with nature (camping or backpacking experience greatly prepares). It is super safe here but friends who visit from the city (who are not comfortable in nature) take some time to FEEL safe. It is an incredible site for the right fit, and could be challenging for one not accustomed to a more rugged environment....
please ask if you're unsure :-) + More info
September 2018 | Elle