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City of the Sun Tiny House Community near Columbus, NM

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City of the Sun, an intentional community of 200 acres North of the village of Columbus NM on the Mexican border is soliciting new members. COS was established almost 40 years ago. The land is arid desert surrounded by several small mountain ranges. The economy in the area is fairly depressed so prospective members are encouraged to have independent incomes such as retirement or skills that can be applied via internet etc..

Each member is entitled to up to 2 large lots. Most of the structures are owner built and include numerous tiny houses. Alternative building techniques have always been encouraged and there are quite a few structures made out of papercrete and adobe.

For those interested, please contact me at “lifewithbob101@yahoo.com”

City of the Sun Tiny House Community near Columbus, NM

Paul's Blue

Bath House & Bird House

Casita A

Col. Mid Outbuilding

Col. North Side w_sculpture

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  • Rick Pain November 20, 2015, 11:18 am

    Ideally my minds eye sees my tiny in beautiful remote locations !
    But then again, for city dwelling as an alternative to renting yes please !

  • Deadrock November 20, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Couldn’t find a link anywhere to information about this community specifically.

    Questions I would want to ask:
    1. Do you buy or lease the land your TH sits on? If leased, will the monthly rates go up? What services do you get for your money?
    2. How close are the nearest amenities? Does being in a “depressed” economic area = crime ridden community? A population of 1,628 won’t offer much….
    3. Are your neighbors truly like minded individuals (small footprint, eco-conscious, etc.) or just people who need to live cheap and under the radar?
    4. Internet/garbage pickup/mail services available?
    5. Pet friendly community?

    Wish we could read a little more about what’s on offer here before exposing ourselves and our contact information to a sales pitch….

    • Pam November 20, 2015, 4:49 pm

      Yes I have the same sort of questions as Deadrock, please more info!

    • mary November 20, 2015, 5:21 pm

      Founded in 1972, City of the Sun is located on 157 acres in Luna County, New Mexico, adjacent to the to Village of Columbus. Columbus is located on Highway 11, thirty miles south of Deming (off I-10), and three miles north of Palomas, Mexico. Our goal is to live and work in mutual cooperation; to explore methods of gardening and horticulture in the desert. Our spiritual beliefs vary, all paths welcome. We have Sufi, Pagan, Christian, Native American, to name a few. We often offer workshops in the fall about making bokashi and using effective microorganisms. We have a designated off-grid area for alternative housing, solar energy, and composting. We have one irrigation well. Some residents use solar water distillers. Due to lack of jobs in the area, residents must be self-sufficient or very creative.

      We have a small sleeping room for short term rental for prospective visitors or guests. Some members have space available to rent, and we have 3 low-tech RV sites. Our focus is on gardening using terra pretta concepts of bio-char, bokashi, effective microorganisms (EM) raising chickens and other critters, and developing a cachement system for water. To live in our area, one must be self-supporting (on-line businesses?). Few jobs are available, mostly farm labor and other low-income labor.

    • John November 20, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Visitors accepted: Yes
      They have a small sleeping room for short term rental for prospective visitors or guests. Some members have space available to rent, and they have 3 low-tech RV sites.
      Prospective members are invited to visit or rent for a time to see if the community is right for them. They then present their membership application and payment plan for the development fee of $1500.00 at a regularly scheduled membership meeting, and answer any questions. The development fee allows a member to select a home site and given a certificate for lifetime use of the property. A ballot is then sent out to all members (we have some non-resident members) and the next month the count is taken – if approved the member is welcomed to the community!

    • Alex November 21, 2015, 12:22 am

      Great questions, Deadrock, thank you!

    • Bob February 14, 2016, 10:19 am

      For your membership fee ($1,700.) you are entitled to a a lot for the rest of your life. There are $30 a month maintenance fee (it just went up $5. this month – 1st time in at least 12 years). Nearest amenities….depends on your definition of amenities….. we have a bath house, laundry, community kitchen and dining room. There is a post office , bank, grocery store, dollar store, hardware store, school, several churches, and several tire stores in the village We have Internet service but you have to take your own garbage to the dump (1/2 mile away). Very pet friendly. My neighbor across the street has Goats, chickens, ducks, cats, and dogs, No, my neighbors are never like minded. We have a very hard time agreeing on anything but somehow it keeps on moving. Mostly it’s a cheap place to live….some have more imagination than others….. we had a crime wave a few years ago but they put the mayor, police chief, and several trustees in prison.

  • Canyon Man November 20, 2015, 6:14 pm

    In some low population areas of New Mexico and Arizona you will find locations that are accepting of Tiny Houses. Many rural areas have been open to people converting pre-built storage buildings or containers into livable abode’s. If you do not need a lot of money then one of these places might fit your desire. Many do not have running water available, some do not have electricity available. Great for those wanting to live off the grid.
    Be specific in your land search, check with County Building Department of each county before making your purchase. Do not simply believe the land seller. I do not know of areas, in any metropolitan area of either state, that would allow a tiny house. I am not saying there are none, I simply do not know of any.

    • John November 20, 2015, 7:08 pm

      TX generally doesn’t have zoning ordinances, even in metro areas, so you can build most anything you want. There are a few other areas, but very few.

    • Alex November 21, 2015, 12:21 am

      Great tips, thanks for sharing! I totally agree. Don’t simply believe the person who’s selling to you. Do your due diligence before making a major decision.

    • Snitch November 22, 2015, 6:57 am

      Canyon Man:
      Hello,Greetings from ABQ New Mexico! I am a Native New Mexican, (born here) and I currently reside in Albuquerque in my THOW at an RV/Mobile Home Park.

      Since my Tiny is classified as an RV by it’s title, I had no problem moving to my present location. I have a great set up, I only pay for electricity, and to fill up my propane tanks occasionally. Free H2O and WiFi.

      Just thought I’d let you in on my situation. Have a great Turkey Day!

  • Phillip Thompson November 20, 2015, 8:09 pm

    I really like the idea. It’s not for everyone, but that’s what I like about it. Nice.

  • Deadrock November 21, 2015, 1:49 am

    Isn’t New Hampshire the “Live Free or Die” state? I’d’ve thought tiny housers would be welcomed there, if anywhere. No gov’t breathing down your neck. Fundraising middle schoolers can practically sell guns and raw milk door to door, but what are the housing regs, I wonder?

    Before any NH residents light their torches and sharpen their pitchforks, I was just kidding. I gather a number of fellow THT subscribers don’t share my sense of humor. But still, I wonder if it’s any easier to go tiny there….

  • Former resident October 13, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Do not be fooled by these pics.yes those are the new bathouse and family rental room. But what they don’t show are all the other falling trashed out structures. Wild loose dogs that bite and run wild. Drug selling spots. And crooked staff. Board meetings are ran by drunks dope heads. Or should I say in a communist manner lead by one woman that thinks she runs Columbus mm. Please go look before you fall into th1960 lsd based 1960 fantasy.

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