Looking for a place to stay in your new tiny home? Check out our awesome list of the top 15 tiny house communities in America.
Due to the small size and low costs of their dwellings, tiny houses communities are growing in popularity all across the US. A tiny home provides a great option for downsizing or even an affordable starting point for those people trying to buy their first home.
In the past, the tiny house movement was limited by state zoning laws which generally prohibited really small residential buildings. But now the movement is flourishing with communities springing up all over America. They’re being constructed as primary-residence solutions for the chronically homeless as well as for the burgeoning class of comfortable homeowners looking for a low-cost, affordable secondary property.
To give you the low-down on this emerging trend, we’ve listed 15 of the top tiny house communities.
Habitats Tiny Homes is a custom building company that’s currently developing the first, master-planned tiny house community. This little community, around ten miles out from San Diego, has about 50 tiny houses all equipped with their own backyards for each environment-friendly tiny house resident. Each house boasts energy-saving features, such as water reclamation and solar power generation. The intention of the building company, is to reduce the community’s carbon footprint as far as humanly possible. This community is truly a bucolic delight with its own farmers market and fantastic urban garden.
Known as the “Wine Country,” this locale is now going to be home to a small tiny house community. Under the auspices of an RV park, this village is being developed by homebuilder, Jay Shafer, who in 2009 authored the The Small House Book. To feature private storage units and community gardens, this area looks set to be a good example of tiny house communities.
3. Near Sequoia National Park
Lemon Cove Village is a tiny house community based in the Sierra Nevada (near Sequoia National Park), officially accommodating RVs but providing sites for tiny houses (as well as utilities) at a price point of around $450 to $595 per month. They’ve also thought about the logistics of the construction process, and kindly offer a reduction in the cost of rent while your home is being built.
Their amenities are impressive for a rural location such as this one: a community garden, dog-walking park, and a laundromat. Also, as for the tiny homes themselves, if construction’s not your bag, they also have a number of prefabricated small houses for sale.
If Georgia’s tiny house community is on your mind (and it should be with its organic farm and 4-acre community garden to grow your own crops) then why not think about moving to Green Bridge Farm?
This is a blossoming community in leafy Effingham County, the sixth-fastest growing mid-size county in the US, and a small plot can be leased for $300 per month, or, if you prefer to buy something bigger, a one-acre residential lot can be bought for as low as $30,000.
This area is near the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge so this location is perfect for those tiny house aficionados wanting to live in close proximity to wildlife and nature.
The sleepy town of Spur in West Texas was the very first in the whole of the US to permit tiny houses. Its city council was first in passing a resolution (in July 2014) permitting homes smaller than 500 square feet, finally saying “howdy” to the tiny house dream, proclaiming Spur the “nations’ first tiny house-friendly town.”
They do have some rules though for prospective tiny house developers: They say no to earth homes, straw-bale homes, or anything made with clay or mud. So no “yurts” or “natural” homes in Texas then. All the houses are also required to have a solid foundation and a flushing toilet connected to the state utilities.
The Orlando Lakefront in Florida was built in the 1950s and had been in decline up until recently, when it was merely an old RV park. But with the zoning laws and insurance requiring tiny houses to match up to RV classifications, this place has found a new lease of life, hosting a flourishing tiny house community. At present, around 13 tiny homes are situated at the Orlando Lakefront, but there’s more than enough space for more. With monthly rates ranging from $350 to $550, it’s a wonder why the 40 tiny house shaped spaces simply haven’t been snapped up yet.
This one’s for the alpaca-lovers. Airstream Village, situated in Las Vegas and boasting the unique pioneering credentials of being Nevada’s first tiny community, is home to the internet entrepreneur and CEO of the Zappos online shoe and clothing shop, Tony Hsieh.
Tony’s alpacas, named Marley and Triton, can often be found wandering around the locale, mingling with residents of the other 30 dwellings. The homes are a combination of Airstream trailers and Tumbleweed Houses by the eponymous Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. The monthly rent ($1,200) includes community Wi-Fi and essential utilities.
Right at the “heart of the Rockies” is Salida’s rental tiny home community. On offer, right in the center of Chaffee County, are over 200 dwellings, making it the largest tiny house community in the US. Not every house is really that tiny either, as their homes vary widely in dimensions from 260-760 square feet.
Another tiny home community project is situated in Walsenburg, where micro homes are sold at figures starting from $60,000. Their 33 tiny houses range in size, not quite as widely as in Salida, but still with some remarkable variance, from 260-670 square feet.
This community is located right next to the national landmark of the Spanish Peaks, one of Colorado’s Seven Wonders. There’s also the 9-hole Walsenburg Golf Course which is open all year.
The two disparate Colorado projects are being managed by a company based in La Junta: Sprout Tiny Homes. Both of the tiny home communities feature a pleasing amount of green areas, as well as space for retail outlets and amenities such as a fitness center for residents.
9. Whispering Aspen Village
Less than an hour away from the Breckenridge ski resort, this tiny house community comprises EcoCabins designed to be either a first home or a second home for dedicated skiers. A tiny house, and accompanying land, can be purchased from $100,000.
With the homes sizing on average at about 400 square feet, but with the lots starting at 5,000 square feet, this community provides a fantastic domestic offering for those looking for a lot of open space.
These small-scale estates, located in Acme, Michigan, are possible from the productive partnership of two companies, Wheelhaus and Traverse Bay RV Resort. Again, this is another successful story of a former RV park making the most of the diverse tiny house movement, and the results are beautiful dwellings with porches and traditionally rustic interiors set against truly cutting-edge appliances.
Those inhabitants who’d like a home with historical styling could do a lot worse that the Tudor-effect tiny 300 square foot houses under construction in Detroit. There’s a reason Detroit was called the “City of Design” by UNESCO in 2015. These are able to be rented by those on a low-income and can be purchased by long-term (7 years minimum) tenants. Being in commuting distance to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a significant bonus for those aspiring tiny house jet-setters.
Portland, Oregon is one of a number of tiny house-friendly urban areas. The vast majority of state regulations make strict prohibitions on tiny houses, limiting their existence by forbidding the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in backyards for instance.
But here, being able to put backyards to use, the homebuilder Orange Splot has built a couple of ADUs measuring ~530 square feet and with all the bells and whistles of full-scale homes like a bathroom, loft, and porch area. They’re both situated on the same client’s backyard and are consequently named, somewhat whimsically, “Ruth’s Garden Cottages.”
These Portland, Oregon ADU homes (affectionately referred to as a “mother-in-law” flat, are a great example of extra-small communities, although residents still have to share Ruth’s kitchen.
This is just one instance of an ADU-based tiny house community. There is a great deal more out there.
A bucolic idyll—an adults-only spot in the countryside. The Sanctuary Minnesota Village is a small community, owned by the Campbell family, which provides tiny house residents a 6-month minimum lease for a beautiful location to park up their tiny home on wheels.
This place is great if you happen not to like the majority of domestic animals (these people are a very quiet minority) as the only pets permitted are cats. Also, as it’s adults-only, there’ll be no noise or fuss from kids playing outside. This makes it perfect as a retirement spot as there’s nothing worse than being interrupted by noise from animals or children when you’re trying to relax. A limited number of houses are available to be rented if you happen to not have your own tiny house.
14. St. Paul
Prefer a more permanent foundation? This 36-unit strong community of permanent foundation tiny homes have houses varying from 300-1,200 square feet, the entire conglomeration situated on massive 1.5-acre lots.
The ecologically minded community promotes sustainability with a host of carbon footprint-reducing features. Their aim is to have their homes’ footprint down by 93% in relation to the average American’s home.
This is not your ultra-low price affordable-for-all tiny home. The St. Paul community has a different outlook on the tiny home movement. Mean prices range around $100,000. It is, however, suited for those who are really trying to make a difference to how much their lives are impacting the environment, providing the perfect opportunity to dial down the extent of your carbon footprint and cut the guilt we should all feel about the ecological damage people are doing to the world around us.
The homebuilder, LuxTiny, has constructed a pioneering tiny house community within the picturesque White Mountains of Arizona, continuous with the Colorado Plateau which also runs along Utah and New Mexico.
Perfect for pedestrians—every resident has access to walking space covering a grand expanse of over 19,000 square feet.
Prices for the plots are $360 at most, and homes can be rented from $800 per month or bought outright from $64,900. These beautiful homes are surrounded by unmatched scenery.
Tiny House Communities
Residing in a tiny house community has a great number of advantages— much lower cost of living, and a significantly smaller outlay in terms of the cost of paying taxes and repair work. There’s also a much smaller required initial cost vis a vis buying the house, meaning no worries about mortgages or bank loans; renting expenses are similarly reduced. Living in a tiny house also means less money needs to be spent on heating because of both the reduced number of rooms to heat and the generally energy-saving, eco-friendly designs of the houses themselves.
Many of the tiny house communities listed and discussed here also have the added benefit of having large backyards and/or outdoor areas, so you can spend more time enjoying nature and sunshine instead of being stuck indoors.
Tiny houses are very promising as second properties or for retirement purposes. Owing to their much lower cost and the smaller tax contributions residents have to pay, tiny homes are being taken up by those wishing to have a picturesque retreat in the countryside or for new retirees looking for somewhere quiet to spend their autumn years in relative comfort and a stable sociable environment.
Many of these communities have communally shared facilities which adds a much needed social focus to the increasingly isolated norms of modern life. Shared gardens allow you to grow your own produce and really attain self-sufficiency in a way that is just not possible in the typical home.
In a tiny home community, you’ll be situated alongside like-minded people who have a similar interest in living a simpler life. A tiny house community provides you with the opportunity of really being in a social community.
Check back soon to read more about the tiny house lifestyle.