Living Off The Grid In NorCal (Video)


I’m about ready to pack up and move to the woods so this looks like peace on earth to me. This guy is an architect, innovator, builder, conservationist, horticulturist, ecologist, environmentalist, sculptor, carpenter, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, mathematician, scientist, tree specialist, geneticist, father, husband all rolled into one. Most of all, he’s a dreamer……such a genius. Charles Bello is a living legend.

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5 days (with help from a couple family members). Total cost was $2,800. Learn more of his story in the video above.