Peter Ellis wrote:I can tell you that my wife and I have recently been through a search covering the Grand Rapids area and bought twenty acres of wooded land in Fennville. It's further out than you want to be - more on the 45 - 60 minute range. The western coast is known for fruit production, soils run acid and blueberries do very well. The Van-Kal Permaculture group on Facebook is a good bunch of people. Some show up over here from time to time.
There are some very good deals to be had in real estate in the area. Lively seasonal activity along the lake shore, with places like South Haven and Saugatuck. Good restaurants, active art community.
Ray Moses wrote: I concur with what Peter Sayes I'm in the south east part of the state however I have a cousin and wife who live in Fennville that is definitely the area of the state where you can grow the largest variety of plant types if you get close to Kent County Grand Rapids area property values will be a lot higher and they'll be less tight land available for a look at it. Remember in Michigan we have a really large interstate highway network you don't have to live that close to a major city to get there in a short time if I was you I'd look a little bit to the south of Ken county area
Peter Ellis wrote:We worked with a realtor to find our property. Actually, we tried to work with several realtors, but only one came through for us. If you would like, I would gladly give you her contact information. We were extremely pleased with her.
Katy Rose wrote:Welcome back to the mitten! We're in the southeast (Ypsilanti area). There is a pretty good scene here of people interested in permaculture and homesteading. Land is expensive if you get close to Ann Arbor, but if you head further north/west it's not as pricey. Much less snow down in this corner than there is out west or up north, so that's another thing to consider if you're husband's not into tons of snow. We love it here!