Owning land is the ultimate American dream. If you’re ready to strike out on your own and live off the land, a hobby farm might be the perfect starting point.
The precise definition of a hobby farm varies, but by general consensus, it is a farm of 50 acres or less, used for small-scale farming. It’s also used primarily for pleasure, rather than by big agribusiness.
As urban dwellers consider a place to spread out, either for their primary residence or as an investment property, interest in hobby farming is on the rise.
These farms come in a variety of styles and offer varying amenities. Most hobby farms have some key similarities with their larger counterparts.
Of course, there’s the land, and a barn or outbuilding, as well as a central “farmhouse.” The style of the home depends on an owner’s whims and personal tastes—not everyone loves modern farmhouse style.
From just a few acres to almost 50 acres, we’ve found seven hobby farms to help ease you in to the homesteading lifestyle.
This farm, or more than 48 acres, is located in the heart of Chester County’s horse country in Pennsylvania. In addition to the historic (circa 1700s) stone home, the property features an iconic red barn and 28 tillable acres that are already certified organic.
The home itself has been completely renovated with modern conveniences, while maintaining most of its historic country charm. There are wood stoves throughout, as well as built-in cabinetry, hardwood floors, and a unique stone backsplash in the kitchen, which mimics the stonework on the exterior of the home.
Conveniently located between the King of Prussia District in Merion Township and Pennsylvania’s state capital, Harrisburg, the home is just minutes from major roadways—but not too close to hear the traffic.
This little Texas gem is hidden in Sam Houston National Forest, which promises solitude without fear of future development. The home’s style is an interesting mix of a log cabin and a farm home.
There’s a rustic vibe, but the home is stocked with modern comforts, such as a home theater, gym, and gourmet kitchen. There’s also an in-ground pool with a waterfall, outdoor kitchen area, and two outdoor bathrooms.
The home overlooks 17 fully fenced acres. Even with its upscale amenities, this is a working farm with animal pens, a large garden, orchard, an aviary. and much more.
If you are looking for an elegant farmhouse without a ton of acreage, this 4.5-acre home in Illinois would make a wonderful starter hobby farm. Only minutes from downtown Elburn, this home offers panoramic countryside views anywhere on the property.
Featuring a restored barn, eight garage spaces, a generator for the whole house, a guest home, and over 5,500 square feet, this home is perfect for those wanting to experience farm life without being too far from city life.
The exterior of this hobby farm is impressive, but the real treat is indoors. Featuring a stunning custom post and beam-style design, high ceilings make this over 6,000-square-foot home feel airy and open, despite the heavy beams and wood throughout.
The home was originally built in the early 1900s and has been beautifully renovated with modern conveniences, while retaining many of its original features. The property has plenty of storage buildings to hold farm equipment and more than 4 acres for planting whatever your heart desires.
If you can’t decide between a cozy log cabin and a hobby farm, you’re in luck! This Michigan home features a 3,860-square-foot log cabin on nearly 5 acres of land along with several outbuildings, as well as a 29-stall horse stable.
There’s plenty of room to roam with horses or other livestock and plant a large garden. It’s just the right size to get away from the hustle and bustle of suburban life, without committing to a large plot of land.
Don’t let the snow-filled landscape deter you from this luxe-modern Minnesota farmhouse. Measuring in at over 4,000 square feet, the home features a gentle palette of whites and soft grays, with Magnolia-esque decor straight out of Joanna Gaines’s stylebook.
Enjoy seasonal views from the sunroom, or warm up by a crackling fire from the brick fireplace in the family room. This property isn’t just about the fabulous home. The house sits on 8.5 acres of pristine farmland and features a huge pole shed with horse stables.
Located in United States’ heartland, this is a dreamworthy hobby farm. Right in the middle of farm country, this gem has 8.3 acres to grow crops, ride horses, or to drive around on four-wheelers.
Built in 2002, the home was designed in a neo-farmhouse style, with cathedral ceilings and plenty of windows that let in natural sunlight. Take in the sunrise and sunset from the unobstructed views throughout the property.