While the task of finding a home for your tiny home may seem silly, it’s also an important part of the process. We will take a look at some of the best tiny home communities in the US.
The average cost of a residential home in the United States is $200,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the cost of a tiny home can range anywhere from $25,000-$110,000.
For those of you who haven’t heard of tiny houses, here’s what you need to know. Tiny houses are typically no more than 500 square feet and can be built either on a trailer or on a foundation. People love them because they’re cost-effective, and encourage the homeowner to focus more on the things that really matter in life (family, friends, hobbies–you get the picture).
Now, before you head off to buy yourself a tiny home, it’s important to read the fine print. It isn’t necessarily easy to find a place to put your tiny house. In fact, there are a number of laws regarding tinys that need to be considered before downsizing. While the task of finding a home for your tiny home may seem silly, it’s also an important part of the process. Let’s take a look at some of the best places in the U.S. where you can build your tiny home.
1. Spur, Texas
Known throughout the tiny community as the “first tiny house friendly town in America,” tiny homeowners here are allowed to build any type of tiny they choose. While most counties state a minimum square footage, Spur allows you to build as small as you like!
2. Fresno, California
Fresno is the first city in the country to approve tiny houses on wheels in residential neighborhoods. While there are still building codes you’ll need to adhere to, this city is certainly on its way to becoming a hotspot for tiny houses. The close proximity of Yosemite National Park is also a huge plus!
3. Green Bridge Farm, Effingham County, Georgia
Known as one of the more popular tiny house communities in the fifty states, this organic farm allows residents to live in organic farmlands surrounded by nature. A plot of land for a tiny house on foundations at Green Bridge Farm comes with an approximately $50k price tag.
4. Union Mills, North Carolina
This is another tiny-friendly location that doesn’t have a size limit. With beautiful mountain views and the beach only a day trip away, Union Mills could be an ideal place to call home.
5. Pima County, Arizona
Pima County allows tiny houses built on foundations in any zones that allow “detached single-family dwellings.” The county has taken huge steps forward in supporting the tiny community by waiving certain building codes to accommodate tiny houses. Additionally, the dry, Arizona climate is a great location for a tiny home because there is a lower risk for mold. (Tiny homes are particularly vulnerable when it comes to mold because of the production of vapor from cooking and showering).
Although not fully accepted everywhere, tiny houses are well on their way to becoming the future in affordable housing options. Whether you’re a digital nomad, a family of two living in Bloomington apartments, or newlyweds looking to become first time homeowners; tiny living is a lifestyle that can be adapted to suit your needs.