For Sale: Condo with Chicken Coop


This copper house at Tryon Farm will eventually turn a greenish color.

Here is an interesting trend: Developers are selling homes built around working farms. According to the Wall Street Journal: "Catering to Americans' desire to live "green," developers around the country are creating communities on or adjoining farms, pitching views of sorghum fields, grazing livestock, and local -- very local -- food, such as eggs residents collect from the property's henhouse. The communities, however, aren't necessarily in the boondocks. Some are in suburbs or near cities."

Of course it takes a bit of green to get into these communities; they start at US$ 200K and go to a million plus. Some call it conservation and balanced growth, "catering to people's increased interest in environmental sustainability and desire for locally grown food." We would have some concerns that it is a new model for extreme low-density unserviceable suburbia, a fake farm in the burbs where one owner says "Where else can you can farm and still get take-out Chinese?"


A Barn House at Tryon Farm has a garage underneath, and a screened porch on an upper level.

There can be other surprises for people who are not used to being around agriculture. Nicole Jain Capizzi is manager of the learning farm at Prairie Crossing, where kids participate in educational activities such as feeding chickens and harvesting vegetables. She says that the first thing newcomers to the henhouse remark upon is the strong smell.

When kids see the chickens, she says, "they are amazed to find out that's where chicken nuggets come from."

Indeed, living at Prairie Crossing has made 6-year-old Ethan Bond a less finicky eater. His mother, Jennifer Bond, says the exposure to agriculture got vegetable-averse Ethan to eat lettuce and carrots, as well as hard-boiled eggs. ::Wall Street Journal