03 July 2011

10 Acres w/Dome Home In Spectacular Setting: Only $74,000

Rio Grande River Valley Near Taos

Images via Zillow

Somewhere within 20 miles of Taos, New Mexico, sits a tiny 320 sq ft dome with a lovely view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Also nearby is the scenic Rio Grande River Gorge. Skies over the dome are almost always clear -- deep blue in the daytime and incredibly starry at night. The dome sits on 10 acres of land, all for $74,000. But you will need to get used to living off the grid.
“There’s quite a few people who are interested in building dome homes,” explained listing agent John Kejr of Dreamcatcher Real Estate. “There are a probably a couple of dozen different companies that have [the kits].”

Dennis Johnson of Natural Space Domes in Minnesota sells kits for building a dome home — either the entire pre-fabricated kit with framework and sheeting and interior panels or a basic kit, which just includes the metal connection brackets.

While a small dome home kit, like the one in Taos, costs somewhere under $5,000, three, four and five-bedroom plus homes can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000, and Johnson claims they’re relatively easy to build and someone without a lot of construction experience can build one.

“The dome is a connect-the-dots kind of thing, a very easy system,” he said. “It’s like a giant Tinkertoy set.”

...The home is near the Rio Grande river and has “spectacular views” of the mountains, Kejr said, but be prepared to use an all-wheel drive vehicle to access the property during heavy rainstorms due to muddy conditions. _Zillow

Hmmm. Remote location, off-grid, difficult to access in wet or wintry weather? Generally fine weather. Beautiful view of the Sangre de Cristos and relatively near access to the river gorge and to prime winter skiing?

Who could ask for a better location for surviving the next apocalypse?

Previously published at Al Fin Potpourri

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Blogger Bob said...

Looks just like a Navajo hogan, doesn't it, Al Fin?

Sunday, 03 July, 2011  
Blogger kurt9 said...

I heard these domes tend to leak easily.

Sunday, 03 July, 2011  
Blogger neil craig said...

Is a desert the optimum place to await the breakdown of civilisation?

Monday, 04 July, 2011  
Blogger al fin said...

That area of the Rio Grande valley is not known for its torrential rainfall, at least most of the year. It may suffer from a bit of smoke haze currently due to the wildfires.

Monolithic domes are more expensive, but will not leak. They will withstand earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfire, hurricanes, and are resistant to EMP!

Monday, 04 July, 2011  
Blogger al fin said...

Neil: Deserts are quite variable in terms of landscape and capacity to support life.

You will want a natural water supply and the ability to grow enough food for yourself and your dome-mates. There are many clever ways to hold and use rainwater. Underground aquifers often flow within access of dryland surface. In this case, there is the Rio Grande which might be tapped for irrigation under some circumstances.

Sunny skies help crops grow as long as they are watered and fed.

Monday, 04 July, 2011  

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