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A better way to live

The view of protected hay fields at Tryon Farm (, a conservation community in Michigan City, IN that set aside 120 of the 170 acres as open space.

"Friendly settlements of simple houses surrounded by big stretches of woods, dunes and open prairie - this is the dream," Says Eve Noonan, developer of Tryon Farm.

Enjoy a healthy walk in the woods or take the dog for a walk along the many nature trails at Tryon Farm.

Deer call Tryon Farm home.

One of the many protected meadows and forests at Tryon Farm.

Protected barn and farm fields at Tryon Farm. How many subdivisions do you see that are named after features that NO longer exist? Conservation subdivisions are named after features that they protect.

A home at Tryon Farm nestled in the woods

Tryon Farm photos courtesy Tryon Farm and photographer John Hines

Home at Cedar Valley Ridge (, a conservation community near Leelanau County, Michigan consisting of 35 lots on 177 acres, permanently protecting 133-acres as a nature preserve with six miles of groomed trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and appreciating nature.

"Under existing zoning, 56 lots could have been developed. Initial plans proposed by the engineering firm called for spreading the lots over the entire development, which would have meant basically destroying the exceptionally beautiful wooded hills that give the property such a remarkable uniqueness.Instead, I limited the number of lots and set aside over 75% of the property in a preserve that protects the most beautiful aspects of the forest, the best wildlife habitat, and the ecologically sensitive areas such as the creek and habitat for protected wildflower species.

The lots range in size from 1.25 acres to 2.18 acres. Restrictions on the lots are typical for a quality development with the additional restriction that no more than 25% of the areas of any lot can be cleared. Other restrictions ensure that the woodland character of the neighborhood is not compromised, and that the integrity of the nature preserve is protected. I worked closely with local officials to create ordinances that would encourage this kind of development elsewhere in the area." Dan Paulson, developer/owner.

Trail system at Cedar Valley Ridge.

Cedar Valley Ridge photos courtesy Dan Paulson

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