In early 2016 I started a project to create a permanent home for the community in which I live. I began this because I want to actually own my home, having the freedom and security that comes with that. I also have a strong preference for communal living, which makes the whole proposition rather more complex than buying a two-bed flat in Zone 4 London.
I quickly came to the conclusion that doing this in the UK would be difficult, and there were other benefits from building in another county.
We focussed our search on Portugal, visiting for a couple of weeks in the spring (research), and a further 6 weeks in the summer (buying). I've now personally seen around 25 properties of all shapes and sizes and have a rather visceral understanding of the size of 1 hectare.
However, after a lot of work I am overjoyed to announce we have signed the deed to a beautiful 3.5ha piece of land near Fundao, Central Portugal.
We’ll be on-site for a couple of weeks in January 2017, then probably again in March. Expect more updates, but until then here is our announcement video...
 More on this later
 We saw a 10 hectare property. When the boundaries were pointed out to us I felt much like Simba having an “Everything the light touches” moment.