On our last trip, we decided to look at a property that is less than a half mile from ours that has been for sale for some time, and were flabbergasted by what we saw. If you read the historic page for Dragonbelly Farm or all the updates I wrote for years, you will see that I always wanted to do a retreat center…..but since so much time has passed, it did not seem like that was any longer possible. There are certainly the possibilities of doing that on that property with accommodations on DBF….without having to build the infrastructure. It will be important for us to be able to provide some housing possibilities if we want to run a retreat center, and that means continuing with the plan for cabins and campsites on the 30 acre parcel at Dragonbelly. There are of course addition B&B and motel rooms in the area and in Pt. Townsend which is about 15 miles away. When we sell our 4 unit building in San Mateo, we could have the funds to purchase this property, but to do all this, we need a team. Our team will need folks interested in viniculture and gardening at Beaver Springs, either as renters or as owners. Perhaps there are young farmers who have the agricultural background, but perhaps did not feel they had the financial resources to purchase the property who might be interested in partnering with us. Obviously, we need some musicians involved with the project, too. I am thinking about some artists as well. Some of the outbuildings could be set up for studios and for teaching projects.
We would hope we could find at least one additional owner who would want to occupy the home, as I don’t think you can have an ADU unless you have an owner in residence. We are also open to investors. To facilitate sharing about the property I see the lodge page here
Part of the reason it has been difficult for him to sell his property is that it is not zoned commercial, so although there are amazing culinary facilities, you can’t have a restaurant. He has a permit for a home business to rent out meeting space. That means that though you can’t be open to the public as a restaurant, you rent the hall to private people and organizations, whether for retreats, meetings, weddings, reunions, concerts, etc., as well as using the commercial kitchen to make products for sale….perhaps those acres of blackberries can be made into more than smoothies for our wonderful caretaker.