In 2010 a family of four sold their charming little condo in the increasingly fashionable neighborhood of University Heights. With the money they bought a stripped out house in East San Diego previously owned by human smugglers. Their goal was a radical change in lifestyle that would allow DIY Makerism, self reliance, alternative technology, permaculture, and urban homesteading into their lives in ways their HOA would have never allowed. The ideas that lead them to take this plunge came from the steampunk movement as it was during a brief shining period when art and philosophy seemed at least as important as brass, and great essays, speeches, and letters were written. These days they don't worry so much about what people call "steampunk." They call what they're doing the Greyshade Estate.
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Friday, May 6, 2011
We're famous! Okay not really
Our little homestead and blog was featured as part of the cover story of this week's Citybeat. The article is entitled Steampunks by the Sea and is a pretty good represention of the diversity of the local community which is no easy thing to capture. Its kind of funny that we have been so busy with the move that a newspaper talks about our chickens before we've even had a chance to blog about them. By the way, we have chickens now! I'll post more about them when I find the USB cable for my camera. I wish I had said a bit more about confluence of Urban Homesteading and Steampunk that inspires us but hey it probably wouldn't have made it in the article anyway.