Listing of the Week: Off-Grid Living Amidst the Volcanic Badlands of Eastern Oregon

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Ever aspired to the off-grid lifestyle? This custom log home on 40 acres could well be the spot for fulfilling those dreams of self-sufficiency and an unplugged reconnection with the land. Tucked away in the Owyhee River Canyon near Nyssa, Oregon, this recreational haven would make a great permanent residence or serve equally well as a vacation rental, fly-fishing guide headquarters or B&B retreat.

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The quiet and secluded location is within a quarter-mile of the Owyhee River, which winds through the property. Located in southeastern Oregon just over an hour’s drive from Boise, Idaho, the single-level log home includes top-of-the-line features throughout and boasts an open main living space with high ceilings, wood-wrapped doors and large hand-scribed log beams. Abundant windows throughout showcase the surrounding views of the Owyhee River and the canyon’s high-desert landscape. The property is fully set up to function off grid, with solar-power system and diesel generator in place along with improvements in place to conserve energy consumption throughout the year.

Read more: Guide to Quality Living on Off-Grid Ranches

In an area of ancient volcanic buttes that rise sharply above farmland irrigated by waterways feeding into the Snake River, this remote and rustic area is known for wildlife and outdoor recreation including hiking, hunting, fishing, camping and more. Lake Owyhee State Park, several miles south of this off-grid property, is a scenic 53-mile-long desert canyon reservoir offering camping, boating and fishing.

Located in the southeastern corner of Oregon, over 90 percent of Malheur County is rangeland, with the Bureau of Land Management controlling almost three-quarters of this land. With an economy that is dependent on agriculture, and tourism to a lesser degree, the most intensive farming occurs in the northeastern part of the county in what is known regionally as “Treasure Valley” (a nickname given to the fertile area fed by the Snake River and its various tributaries, including the Owyhee River and irrigation through the Owyhee River dam).


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