Tom has long had a vision, a dream, to develop his own sustainable property and live off the land. After spending years searching for the right property and working with many different land sellers, Tommy finally found the right property. Check out his journey and lessons learned along the way.
Tom, or “Tommy J” has always had a passion for nature and animals, especially dogs. He has spent most of his career as a caretaker for animals and helping others as he has always been a handy guy. He was passionate about what he did, but he found himself longing to get closer to nature and build something of his own. As new ideas started to pour in, he became an avid journalist. “I always have two or three small pocket-sized journals with me at all times,” says Tom. “Any time I get an idea or see something I might be able to use, I immediately stop what I am doing and write it down. Then each night, I review and organize my notes for the day.” It was in these notes where Tom developed his vision of owning and developing his own property to live off the land.
He wasn’t sure where to start, so he did what most of us do now a days and went to Google. He started researching different types of structures he could build, how to cultivate a sustainable garden, zoning restrictions, off grid living options, and how to find affordable land. He had no idea where he would end up, but he was determined to make his dream a reality.
In 2013 Tom bought his first property in Cochise County, AZ from a private land seller. He was attracted to the area because he thought it would be a great place to build his first “tiny home.” However, after starting to develop his plan and looking into the zoning code in more detail, he discovered that his property was not zoned to allow for tiny homes and the zoning was too restrictive for what he wanted to do. So he went back to the drawing board and started to explore other areas. He eventually found a property in Kern County, CA and put down a deposit, but several issues came up with the seller, and he backed away from the deal. At this point, a lot of people may have given up, but not Tom. He knew that all these experiences would lead him to the perfect property, he just needed to stay persistent.
Then in 2019, Tom found Land Elevated and started looking at some of the properties available with no zoning restrictions. That is where he came across the two lots in Ashley County, AR. “At first glance, I thought it was too good to be true. The properties are on a stream, it was remote but still just outside of a couple small towns, and with no zoning restrictions. It was exactly what I had been looking for all this time.” Tom purchased his properties and is starting to develop his perfect off-grid oasis with plenty of room for his sustainable garden, chickens, and dogs. What Tom liked most about working with Land Elevated was that it was easy to get a hold of someone, the team was easy to talk to, and he could always get answers to all his questions. He’s now in the final stages of preparation and looking forward to building his new home and turning his dream of a simple, off-grid life into a reality.