I get calls all the time from people saying they are looking for a community of “like-minded people”. It seems that has become a cliche’. Like most buzz words, it’s worth digging a little deeper to find out what it means to the person using it. A wise man said, “the map is not the territory”.
The Village is all about making a place to live where people share similar, bedrock values especially caring about and being able to depend on their neighbors. That takes a lot of work. It means I have to explore their map of reality below the surface cliche’s. Fortunately, by the time most people call me they are pre-screened. They have found us by searching on some important key words. They know they want a self-sufficient lifestyle and they want community. They aren’t very interested in a superficial country club lifestyle where everybody wants to flaunt their wealth. Most of the time, they are busy professionals, intelligent, successful folks with solid values who want to simplify. They have usually read my blog, so the field has already been narrowed to a select few with a pretty good fit – compatible values. But even then, I’m not shy about telling people who wouldn’t fit that they might be happier with a different kind of community. Why? Because I live here and I’m building the kind of place where I want to live for the rest of my life. Great relationships with people are more important than money. People are more important than things.
In hard times especially, people need to draw together. Trusting relationships are everything. This message seems to be resonating with people more and more as the economy looks ever more shaky and the government looks ever more out of control. At a time when most luxury resort type communities haven’t sold anything for a year and are going bust, we are growing rapidly.
If you call or visit, there is no high pressure sales pitch. Even before we show you around, we like to sit and chat for a while – explore your “map”, your values, your goals and aspirations. Before you fall in love with the land we want to know that you will love the kind of people who are here.
We offer a private website where villagers, prospective villagers, contractors, and even neighbors from outside our “non-exclusive” development can get to know one another and share their views, ask each other candid questions and make sure this is where they want to be. I have even offered to set up conference calls between prospective and current villagers to explore the fit. It’s a slow process and it risks killing sales, but I think it’s worth it. After all, making a move like this is a big change for most people. There’s more to a happy life than a nice secluded house nestled in nature’s beauty. You’re not buying dirt and trees, you’re hoping to buy a happy life. We do everything we can to assure that will happen for our Villagers … and for ourselves.