Finding a New Place to Call Home

We moved to our current home almost five years ago. We never intended for this to be our ‘forever home’.  We chose the location based strictly on work opportunities.  It was always our plan to live here during our working years but to retire to a quiet little town elsewhere in Wyoming.

Finding a New Place to Call Home

Since that time things changed for us. We began to look at things differently. Our world view changed.

We began to discuss what we would like to have in a new property. Originally we planned to stay near the town we currently live near mainly because my husband works in that town. But the more we discussed it the more we realized one of the things we wanted to change was his job.

Moving to a new location and changing his work situation sounded like a good plan.  We began with a very broad idea of what we were looking for in our new property. The list was pretty basic;

1. Stay in Wyoming

2. Have somewhere between five and 40 acres.

3. Be near recreation activities (hiking, hunting, fishing, etc).

4. Have a water source such as a river, lake, or similar nearby.

5.  The property would not be part of an HOA with CC & R’s and the county would not have a ton of ‘rules’ and require permits and inspections excessively.

6. If at all possible, move to a place less windy than our current place.

Finding a New Place to Call Home

If you are looking for your own homestead, I encourage you to make a list of things you would like in your new place. You might want to have more details on your list. I’ve seen other peoples homestead dream places that included things like a pond and a stand of trees. Or you might be looking for a community of like minded individuals in which to build your homestead.

Whatever your list, know in advance what you can be flexible with and what you can’t.  We’re pretty happy with the property we found but it’s not perfect. The first day we went there after we actually owned the land the wind was blowing crazy bad. It was also hot and miserable. Those few hours we were there I thought we made a HUGE mistake.  Less wind was something on our list and it was as bad as we get at home. And it was blowing from the wrong direction (which is actually why it was so bad)!  Now I’m glad the wind was blowing on that day. Knowing that while the wind usually comes from one way but is a booger coming from the other direction was helpful. We can plan for a wind break to help with the odd direction.

Finding a New Place to Call Home

Would you like to know how our list turned out?

1. We did purchase property in Wyoming.

2. We have 20 acres.

3.  We are about ten minutes from national forest which has hiking,  hunting and fishing opportunities. We are 1/4 of a mile from a hunting walk in area (hunters access). Our land borders BLM (more hunting access). We are about five minutes from a good sized river for fishing and waterfowl hunting.  There are also many ATV trails and other things nearby and we are 30 minutes from skiing. We are also quite near Yellowstone (I haven’t decided if this is a plus or minus).

4. While we do not have a water source on our property, there is a creek very nearby and a reservoir not far plus the river about 5 minutes away.

5. We did have a fright in our purchase process thinking our property was in an HOA but it turned out that it was never formed so it doesn’t exist. The county is pretty good about building. There are no building codes and the permit process is very simple. The only thing inspected is the septic system.

6. Yeah, well. This is Wyoming so I should expect the wind.  It does help keep the bugs down. 😉

Looking for your dream property? What things are on your property shopping list?


This post originally appeared on a previous blog. I’ve updated it to share here.

Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at


  1. Vickie

    Hello Millie! I blogged with you last summer about rainwater collection and irrigation. I was wondering how everything is going with your new homestead. Have you been up there much? I know you have built a small cabin and are planning to build your home there soon. We are in the process of getting our home in the valley sold so we can move up to our future homestead. Like you, we will live up there in temporary housing (our travel trailer) while we build our home. I would love to keep up with your process!

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      Hi Vickie!

      Are you ready to move as soon as your home sells? So exciting! I was thinking of you the other day and how I should contact you about your set up for watering trees when you’re not up there. I know you tried to explain it to me but I think I need more details. I’m a slow learning on so many things.

      We haven’t been up since the first weekend in November. The weather was pretty iffy over the winter for the drive. We’re taking a 4 day weekend over Easter to go up. We’ll actually stay with Joe’s folks (they live 45 minutes or so from our new property) since it’s still too cold to stay in our shack. It’s definitely a shack, not a cabin. ;)We do have some BIG plans in the works for this summer and I hope that a few more details will iron out and then I can share. Exciting stuff!

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