Tiny house communities across the nation that will convince you to downsize

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  • Published on March 8, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

Tiny homes are becoming a popular way for people to cut their budget and still enjoy the amenities of a home.

Rent is rising and the market for home buyers is looking just as bleak. Nationwide, people are looking for ways to cut expenses. Whether the need to cut their budget is a result of the pandemic or reassessing priorities, downsizing has become a reality for most.

Tiny homes are becoming popular for people who still want the amenities of an average-sized house at half the price. CNBC’s “Make It” spoke with Precious Price about her conversion to the tiny home lifestyle. The marketing professional purchased a three-bedroom, 1,400-square-feet house in Atlanta for $196,000. Price had plans to rent out the extra rooms through Airbnb, but the pandemic put a damper on that.

“No one wanted to share a house with a stranger in the early days of the pandemic,” Price said.

Price decided to utilize her large backyard and build a tiny home. The whole project cost her $35,000. She completed the 296-square-foot home and began living in it. Price built and furnished the tiny house so she wouldn’t miss a larger home. Her living room comes with a work area and seating area. She also has a full kitchen and bathroom, and a loft area that features a queen-sized mattress.

At the amount Price rents her larger property for, she has been able to cover expenses for both homes and make a monthly profit of $1,200. Price isn’t the first to lessen their financial burden by moving into a tiny home. There are actually entire communities of tiny houses around the world. Here are some that may influence you to take a walk on the small side.

Escalante Village (Durango, Colorado)

Here is your chance to live in 400 square feet (or less) at a 6,512-foot elevation. The village offers access to trail networks and a river path, but is within walking and biking distance from shopping, nightlife, and downtown Durango.

River Ridge Escape (Menlo, Georgia)

A unique tiny home city! This area consists of different neighborhoods, including Cloudland Escape, Little River Escape, Mentone Mountain Escape, River Side Escape, and Silver Hill Escape. Depending on the community, you can buy plots or lease, and each option includes a variety of amenities and cool features.

Palm Canyon Mobile Club (Palm Springs, California)

Just a few minutes from downtown Palm Springs, the sold-out Palm Canyon Mobile Club has “fab prefab homes” between 600 and 1,100 square feet (which is larger than most tiny homes). The homes are designed with modern floor plans and high-end luxury amenities inside and in common areas.

Tiny Tranquility (Waldport, Oregon)

Seemingly endless Oregon forests are the mountain backdrop of the Tiny Tranquility community — on one side. The other side is bordered by the beach. It was developed exclusively for tiny homes and vintage RVs and comes with on-site amenities such as a greenhouse, common areas, outdoor activity areas, and a dog park.