I want to make a "friends compound". Myself and a couple friends (plus our spouses) go in on a large plot of land (like 60+ acres). We build houses for ourselves and all live in the same area. We hang out all the time, help each other out, raise our children all together, etc. Like a massive family with all my closest friends! Has anyone ever heard of this? Has anyone done this? Thoughts?

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I think this is called a cult. I’m in!

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You're describing a commune, and people (that is, us dirty hippies) have been doing it for a long time. Aka an "intentional community" or, in some instances, a cult.

You have more fun as a follower, but make more money as a leader.

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Thanks, Creed

I love this idea as something to consider in retirement. Not necessarily 60 acres in the middle of nowhere, but making an intentional decision with a group of friends to live on the same street or close by and be each other’s support systems through the years.

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I am definitely interested in doing something like this! All jokes aside, one of my concerns is the risk of a kind of group think or just overly separating yourselves from everyone else. Not intentionally, just slowly. So if I ever do it I’d like to try and find a way to consciously avoid that. But I think overall it’s a beautiful idea to have deeper community, and it’s something most of us are missing.

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Cult cult cult we goated👀

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My gfs family owns 4 houses - all next door neighbors. It’s not a huge space of land/secluded from others, but it allows them to see each other all the time, cook dinner for each other, and help out with errands. Pretty cool.

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This is my own personal hell 😂. I live in the city away from all family. There is no way I would want to see them daily. But, it’s nice to know other people actually like this.

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They have non-cult versions of this. I forget what they are called tho. Google around a bit and I'm sure you'll find some leads

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Believe it's called a commune

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So... A commune?

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So from what I see it's called a commune, and definitely not a cult. More like what A1 posted. We all make really good money and could each have some nice houses and maybe a communal area with a pool and bar for us to chill at. We also want to run cattle and horses on the land

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I think you forgot a 😉 after that "definitely not a cult"

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I grew up in nowhere Wisconsin and had a friend that lived on one of those- her parents, aunts and uncles had 10 acres (I think?) and there was a private road, lake, trails, etc and then they had 4 or 5 houses that were all immediate family.

I have 3 younger sisters and would totally do something like that

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Dont some high rise coop properties have something similar in that you have to be voted in after meeting the other residents? Still, friends change and how do you fill the hole when one person wants to sell? Could be done, but complicated easements would have to be worked out.

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Buncha squares.

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Sounds like a commune

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Speaking of cult I read an article recently about Heaven’s Gate cult. disturbing but also interesting so many people got brainwashed.

If you think Heavens Gate was wild, wait til you start chasing the QAnon rabbit hole and see that degree of delusional brainwashing.

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A group of several 20 somethings actually bought a large home down the street from mine and have a setup kind of like this. It looks fun honestly!

Not sure why people are thinking cult here. I have the same dream OP, but more like a big estate with family where everyone's house (husband, wife, kids) along with my parents is within walking distance of one another

You’re gonna want a lot more than 60 acres. Try like 600

This is definitely being done in different cultures where each household has a house in a big compound and they raise all the kids together

Not 60 acre though lol 😆

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