Our first visitor. September, 2014
Establishing a residential and creative environment is a multi-staged process.
The main components are acquiring and developing a home-site,
and attracting enthusiastic and compatible partners.
The land is located on 48 acres in the Sierra Foothills, California,
just a few miles from the small victorian town of Nevada City,
with equal distance to neighboring Grass Valley.
This property is partially cleared and has the original ranch house on it
that's been renovated to be used as our "Art Barn", a private studio and workshop space.
The "Caretaker's Cabin", "Alpine Cabin", "Wolf Creek Cabin",
"Crossroads Cabin", "Oak Tree Cabin"
and the "Common House" have been completed.
As of spring 2020, the construction of our "Grotto",
a private indoor spa and massage sanctuary, has begun.
According to the Nevada County General Plan,
properties with residential-agricultural zoning such as this one
may carry two main houses and a guest house.
Our property consists of three lots.
Electricity and internet comes to the property, we have two wells,
and an awesome solar power array.
During power emergencies, the Common House is serviced by
an automatic propane generator.
Ongoing, we're cultivating an organic garden, revitalizing the pond,
clearing trails, and now trying our hand at keeping chickens.
There is plenty of open land for gardens, livestock, a horse corral, etc.
Much of the land is left in its natural state
for us to enjoy the meandering hiking trails, the creek and the pond.
The people who are most compatible here at Ingenium
have a natural propensity towards mindfulness, generosity of spirit,
creativity, connection and personal growth.
To learn details about the process of joining us as a resident,
please read through the
pages, here on this website.
"Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine,
and at last, you create what you will"
~ George Bernard Shaw
All new adventures begin with inspiration and imagination.
The pictures below are to get you thinking about the
various possibilities that your new home may take.
Our "Lot C" is available
for seasoned members of Ingenium, who are so inclined,
to design and build their own dwellings.
While keeping in mind that all construction
will need to adhere to the Nevada County building codes,
it is interesting to note that there are currently
a number of structures in our area
that have been built by alternative means.
Here are a few unique ideas from around the world: