Digital Permaculture goes world wide !
We are selling cabins in the mountains overlooking the ocean on Cebu island in the Philippines. You get a cabin and a share in the growing eco-community we are building out here. The first one is on the market for $9000.
Contact David Avatara if interested firstname.lastname@example.org
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Digital Permaculture 1.0
Who is a good fit for this project:
This project is a good fit for you if you work online, can take long vacations or are worried about a collapse of America due to (insert favorite problem here). I used to design computer chips, but I have always wanted to build sustainable housing. So I decided to change careers and become a builder. I want to specialize in building affordable, beautiful, sustainable eco-villages. I prefer to work with conventional building systems and I engineer effective solutions for the local climate and resources. I do not believe in earthships, cob houses or most of the ancient building styles. They are no longer mainstream because they are not as good as more modern systems. I’m also an artist. I spent a few years building free form geodesic art for many festivals and I want to eventually mix in an art component to the project, but right now I am focused on more basic endeavors like food and sanitation.
If you plan on living here full time you need some form of income which will allow you to earn a little bit of money while living here. A good number is around $300 per month for a single and about $500 per month for a couple. There are things that you will need to buy, like dental care and health care. Right now we don’t have much food production operational. The project is just starting. So you will want to buy your own food. Most food is really cheap around here and usually organic. It’s more agrarian and low tech here. More healthy. They don’t dose their meat with antibiotics and hormones, then freeze it and ship it halfway around the earth. They make it the old fashion way. I feel a lot healthier living out here because there food supply is much simpler and not so processed and full of crap.
You have to be able to purchase into the project at full cash value. There will be no loans. I’m keeping the prices affordable but this project is for the people who have the discipline and determination to be able to come up with the cash. I cannot invite people into the project who have the potential to become liabilities in the future. If you don’t have the discipline, intelligence, work ethic, etc. to come up with the buy in price you could become a liability in the future.
This project is a good fit for you if you want a turnkey dwelling. Specialization and trades are a huge contributing factor to our shared prosperity. You probably don’t knit your own socks. You probably don’t etch your own computer chips. Let a professional build your house. You’ll get much better value. It takes a lot of effort to learn to navigate the business and political spheres out here. It takes a lot of effort to become a good builder. I can spread this cost over multiple cabins and offer you a much better product than you could build yourself. If we all try to build our own houses it’s going to result in a chaotic mess of half finished projects. I’m offering turnkey only. You focus on what you are good at. Work a few more hours at your job. Save up some money. You can’t compete with the local labor force anyway. A skilled filipino carpenter will work twice as hard as you for about $2 per hour or less. You can’t compete so don’t try.
The Philippines are amazing about 10 months out of the year. It does get hot during the summer. If you have a decent job in America which would allow you to take long vacations, this project would be a good fit for you. You get a free 30 day visa when you land in the Philippines. Visa extensions are not too expensive. You can buy a used motorbike for $500 and store it on our land. In general, everything is cheap here. All the locals love foreigners too. It’s like being a celebrity. Most people speak some or a lot of english. All the textbooks and schooling is done in English. So most educated people speak English. It’s very easy to get around.
This project isn’t for everyone. If you think it’s a good fit for you and you meet the criteria above, come try it out. I am willing to rent you a house for one month for 5% of the sales price. At the end of the month, you can apply your rent to the purchase of the share or if you are not happy with the project, we part ways. The rent is non-refundable. Only transferable to a purchase. I want to grow a vibrant community and it is in my interests that you are satisfied and happy with the purchase.
Land and Location:
The property is located on 3.5 hectares in the mountains above a small town on the western coast of Cebu island. 3.5 hectares is about 8 acres. I like living up in the mountains because it is cooler during the summer. The temperature here is almost very nice year around. Because it’s an island, it never gets too cold. It can get a bit hot sometimes. I would compare it to Southern California, except really humid. Maybe a bit hotter than Hawaii, but I’ve never been to Hawaii so I don’t know. It’s pretty nice here for 10 months out of the year. In the big cities or down by the coast, it can get a lot hotter so I like the mountains.
Another specific advantage of this location is bats, lots of bats. Mosquitos are a big pain in the butt. I got lucky because there seems to be a ton of bats where I live and not too many mosquitos. At night we light a coil of incense that keeps the rest of them away. If I go out of the house and work in the brush, there are lots of mosquitos, but I can just wear bug repellant. I’m hopping in a few years people will eradicate mosquitos using a gene drive or maybe we can get automated laser bug zappers (look up the photonic fence). Until then, we are just going to cultivate the local bat population. We are going to be building bat houses in fruit trees we are planting. The bats will fertilize the trees. It’s a win/win all around.
The land is hilly and rocky. The rock is a very soft limestone. I got a jackhammer today. I anticipate it will go through it like butter. I have a big piece of rebar that I can use now to chip away at the stone and it’s pretty easy to form. I think it would be awesome to carve paths and stairways in the stone using the jack hammer. I’m drooling over the possibilities of LED lit stairways made of chipped stone. There are all sorts of creative possibilities. Eventually, maybe we can get some heavy equipment and really have some fun, but for now I think a jack hammer will open up a lot of possibilities for carving our infrastructure into the mountain. Because the weather is nice all year out here, it’s possible to have a mixture of indoor and outdoor infrastructure. Things like building a shower onto a fruit tree sounds like an awesome idea. The possibilities are endless.
The land is located at 10.728978, 123.851511. Oddly enough, Google must have mapped my road this summer because you can see the entrance to my driveway on Google street view. Lol! Here is a link that shows the driveway. It’s the rough path up the hill. Those are mostly mahogany trees. My first house is mostly framed with all local mahogany that came right off the land. The driveway still needs a bit of work, but that’s what the jackhammers are for.
The Town and The Locals:
Filipinos are mostly warm and friendly. They all say hello as I drive by. They call out ‘Hey Joe!’ all the time. My name isn’t Joe, but it’s local slang for American or something. I think it comes from WWII when the GI Joe’s liberated the island. Or maybe a TV show. I’m not totally sure. Life is really relaxing here. There isn’t much to do. There is a local spring where everyone goes swimming. You can also snorkel along the coast. The sunsets are amazing.
If you are single, man or woman, the locals will all go crazy for you. Expect to have an unreasonable amount of attention. You won’t know what to do at first.
Currently there is not a good water source on the land. We are connected to city water, but it does not flow the entire year. We have water delivered to a 275 gallon tote next to our house. It is enough to last us over a month. It costs about $12 to have a local fill it. They strap a bunch of 5 gallon containers to their motorbike and ferry water from down in the city. We are talking to the local village about our options for getting a more secure water source. We also might drill a well. We anticipate we could drill a well for about $5000. This might be built into the future phases of this project. A portion of the money from each cabin goes to future expansions and improvements and water is very high on that list of thing we need. However, for the time being, it’s quite cheap and easy to just get my tank filled up.
Currently I am growing trees from seeds and cuttings. I am hoping this summer that a friend of mine will be joining the project. He’s is really amazing at growing things and gardening. He runs a tree maintenance business in Phoenix and is very active in urban farming and farmers markets. I’m going to start experimenting with aquaponics and chickens soon. It’s been slow setting things up. Things move slow out here. We are on filipino time.
I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m going to build a cabin, then sell it, then build another, then sell it and so on. Improving the designs and improving the land as I go. Currently I have my current cabin up for offer. It’s a 384 sq ft cabin. It’s about 1 ½ stories. It’s 16 ft by 16 ft on the ground floor with an 8 ft by 16 ft loft. It’s mahogany framing. Most of the wood came from the actual land. It was pretty cool. Two guys came out with a huge chainsaw and chopped and rough cut the timber. Carpenters made the house with mostly hand tools and one electric planer. The local craftsman are really awesome. The loft is made of bamboo and mahogany. It’s a mahogany staircase. There are five glass windows and a solid mahogany door.
The roof is made of nipa. It’s a local plant. However, it leaked really bad. So we put galvanized steel sheets under it. It’s a good mix. The nipa keeps the house cool. The steel stops the leaks. You’ll have to replace the roof every four years or so, but it’s only about $100 for a new roof. There is a long screen window on the loft that looks out over the ocean. The sunsets are amazing.
The asking price is $9000. You get the cabin plus a share in the project and access to the rest of the land. You don’t get all the land, just a share. I plan on eventually having a large community up here, but I’m figuring out things as I go. Somewhere around 12 cabins is probable a good size. You can try before you buy and you can also resell your cabin and share in the project. You can add onto your cabin a bit, but you can’t start building extra cabins. You can’t quadruple the size of your cabin and invite your whole family to come live with you. Etc.Be reasonable. You can build whatever artwork and communal spaces you want. Outdoor pools. Pizza ovens. Whatever, as long as the community wants it and it isn’t too huge.