Earthaven's Neighborhoods

Earthaven has twelve planned neighborhoods of from two to eight homesites each. Some neighborhoods have developed sites and homes; others are in the early stages of development. The layout of Earthaven’s neighborhoods is illustrated on these maps. Below are brief descriptions of each neighborhood.

Gateway

Gently south-facing slopes near the entrance to Earthaven, with common agricultural land and nearby leasable agricultural fields, intended for farmers, growers, and raisers of livestock. Gateway’s Pod is an LLC that includes the residential area and farm. 

Persimmon Grove

Persimmon Grove (formerly Forest Garden). South-facing slopes in a mixed-use business-residential neighborhood on the road leading to the center of the village, about a five-minute walk away. Two agricultural fields. Four homesites developed; three homes/businesses so far. Persimmon Grove’s Pod is a Housing Cooperative.

Hut Hamlet

The Hut Hamlet has south-facing slopes in the center of the village not far from the Council Hall. Two agricultural fields. Currently about ten small huts and one three-household residence, plus a central kitchen/dining room and shower facilities. The Hut Hamlet also has an electric power cooperative. The Hut Hamlet’s Pod is a Housing Cooperative.

Hickory Knob

Adjacent to the village center, Hickory Knob holds the White Owl Lodge and the Trading Post. Hickory Knob is owned by an individual.

Village Terraces

A family-friendly cohousing neighborhood on a flat terrace on a gentle north slope (with solar access) near the center of the village. Common agricultural land. Residents focus on good communication skills, organic farming, and health. The first two buildings have shared common space, individual apartments, and a business. Seeking more individuals and families for the neighborhood’s next multi-household building. Village Terrace’s Pod is a Housing Cooperative.

Hickory Knob Compact Neighborhood

Three smaller sites on gently north-facing slopes (with solar access) near the center of the village between Hickory Knob and Village Terraces. No common agricultural land. The Hickory Knob Compact Neighborhood is part of the Hut Hamlet Pod.

Dancing Shiva

Still higher-elevation south-facing slopes west of Lower Rosy Branch neighborhood, about a ten-minute walk from the center of the village. Wonderful views, exceptionally sunny. Common agricultural land. Dancing Shiva’s Pod is an LLC that leases the Parcel to a religious community.

Medicine Wheel

Higher elevation south-facing slopes near the center of the village, with great views and flat common agricultural land and a campground near the road. Home of the Medicine Wheel House, a cooperative residence offering lodging to apprentices and work exchangers as well as classroom space. Medicine Wheel’s Pod is a 501(c)3 nonprofit monastery.

Hawk Holler

Eight quiet, secluded homesteading sites, 10-minute walk from the village. Varied terrain, good solar orientation. Starforest Road accesses all sites and common agricultural land. Springs, creeks, and hiking are nearby. Current infrastructure includes a duplex and a tiny house. A great place to build your home and work together to build the neighborhood! Hawk Holler’s Pod is a Housing Cooperative.

Lower Rosy Branch

Higher-elevation south-facing slopes west from the center of the village on Sun Catcher Road, about a seven-minute walk from the center of the village. Common agricultural land. One home so far. Lower Rosy Branch’s Pod is an LLC.

Bellavia Gardens

A WiFi-free neighborhood located on a broad flat terrace, perched above Little Cedar Creek, a short walking distance to the village center. Four developed homesites, including one co-housing building with three apartments and a common bathhouse. Shared common areas include a polyculture fruit orchard, a central farm garden, and a cookout area. A teaching kitchen and demonstration gardens are under development. Residents’ interests include organic gardening, natural health, and social connection. Several homesites available as well as lodging for work exchangers and apprentices. Bella Via Gardens’ Pod is a Housing Cooperative.

Upper Rosy Branch and Piney Knob

Upper Rosy Branch has higher-elevation warm and sunny south-facing slopes at the western edge of Earthaven’s property. Quiet, nice views. Road built to edge of neighborhood (can be extended).  Piney Knob has south-facing slopes, some with distant mountain views, south of the Rosy Branch neighborhoods across Rosy Branch Creek. Upper Rosy Branch and Piney Knob both have common agricultural land and each is about a 15-minute walk from the village center. Upper Rosy Branch has two homes so far; Piney Knob has one. Their Pod is a Housing Cooperative.

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