Extreme Real Estate: A Yurt of Your Own

  • A Yurt of Your Own

    Although often associated with hippie communes and yoga retreats in the woods, the traditional yurt has been used for hundreds of years by nomadic peoples on the steppes of Central Asia. The circular and portable, tent-like dwellings are built with a light wood frame wrapped with heavy felt and can typically be set up or taken down and stored for transport in less than an hour.
    A Yurt of Your Own
  • A Yurt of Your Own

    Modern adaptations of the yurt, otherwise known as a ger, are typically built on semi-permanent wooden platforms and often utilize hi-tech materials to withstand extreme weather conditions.
    A Yurt of Your Own
  • A Yurt of Your Own

    Although most modern yurts are not designed or built to be portable, the tent and the supporting structure can usually be disassembled and removed without much if any trace or harm to the environment and later reassembled in another location. Yurts can be as simple as a large open space with no power or water used for storage or–yes–yoga to a fully operational retreat with indoor plumbing usable for year round and/or full time living.
    It Yurts So Good in Idaho
  • It Yurts So Good in Idaho

    In Idaho’s Kootenai County, about 10 miles north of Coeur d’Alene, sits the tiny town of Athol where a rural, gravel road leads to a wooded, 5-acre residential parcel with a fully functional year-round yurt residence on the market with an asking price of $109,900.
    It Yurts So Good in Idaho
  • It Yurts So Good in Idaho

    The yurt is powered up and includes a wood stove for heating, several windows, a fully operational kitchen, and a bathroom with a stacked washer and dryer. Water is supplied to the yurt by a holding tank with pump and several outbuildings include a guest studio, shop–both with power–and a storage shed. The property is also wired with telephone and cell service as well as broadband access.
    It Yurts So Good in Idaho
  • It Yurts So Good in Idaho

    For additional information on this property, contact Josh and Judy Delucchi (208-255-3439) at Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Realty in Sandpoint, ID.
    Yurt It Yourself
  • Yurt It Yourself

    There are many companies that cater to yurt craving consumers. One of the largest is Colorado Yurt Company, which offers yurts in all sizes, configurations and price ranges. A basic 16’ yurt starts at $5,395 and a 30’ version starts at $9,385. Numerable options include operable windows, stovepipe outlets, a water collecting cistern system, awnings, roof and wall insulation, and snow and wind load packages.
    Yurt It Yourself
  • Yurt It Yourself

    Although it seems almost unbelievable, a plot of land can be purchased in the U.S. for under $10k. In the historical town of Weippe, ID where explorers Lewis and Clark hand their first convivial pow-wow with the Nez Perce Indians, a residential lot with city water and sewer is priced at $9,000, and in miniscule Malfa, VA a small residential lot is carries asking price of just $6,000.
    Yurt It Yourself
  • Yurt It Yourself

    Given that a fully kitted out, 30-foot diameter yurt from Colorado Yurt Company runs between $20-25k, a reasonable facsimile of the proverbial American dream can, remarkably, still be had for well under $35k. Visit the Colorado Yurt Company website or call 800-288-3190 for more information. Bargain hunting yurt buyers will find Ebay and Craigslist repositories of used yurts for sale at bargain basement prices including a 20’ yurt in San Pedro, Calif. offered at $4,000.
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