Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Pictured Above: Acony Bell Tiny Home Home Community in Mills River, NC. Photo Courtesy of Acony Bell.
Top Five Locations for a Tiny Home
Have you thought about moving into a tiny home? Tiny homes have gained a lot of popularity with the cost of housing on the rise and the desire to live a simpler lifestyle. The average size of a tiny house is around 400 square feet, and they can be put on wheels or a solid foundation. The biggest challenge to buying or building your small home is finding the perfect location. You'll need to do your due diligence to research the zoning laws and weather patterns to find your ideal living environment. Here are the top five destinations to consider for your transition into living small.
1. Brevard, North Carolina
North Carolina has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. The backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains will be your new landscape in your tiny house in Brevard. Brevard offers lots of outdoor activities, including kayaking, hiking, biking, and live music. There's a good mix of people living in Brevard, whether you are a retiree or a young professional. Keep in mind that small homes in Brevard are required to be built on a solid foundation.
2. Fresno, California
Investing in a tiny home in California is not a bad idea, considering it's one of the most expensive states in the country. Fresno is a pioneer in the world of tiny housing by being one of the first to adopt zoning laws for them. You can use the small home as a rental property or extra space for the family. Activities range from live music to wildlife exhibits to keep you entertained. Tiny houses in Fresno must have at least 100 square feet of living space on the first floor, as well as have clearly defined living areas.
3. Spur, Texas
Spur is a gem for tiny houses in west Texas. Spur has flexible zoning laws, and it is an excellent location for entrepreneurs on the rise. The declining population allows small home builders to build with limited guidelines and restrictions. There's plenty of activities to keep outdoor enthusiasts entertained in Spur. Swimming, golfing, parks, and outdoor volleyball are just some of the perks of living in Spur. You'll need to burn the extra calories from the fantastic restaurant venues offering everything from breakfast burritos to chocolate milkshakes.
4. Rockledge, Florida
The Sunshine State could be your next destination for your small home excursion. Within minutes of Cocoa Beach, Rockledge has a lot to offer its residents with very minimal limitations. Tiny homes with concrete foundations and ones with wheels are both allowed within the city limits. Families must be at least 170 square feet with a minimum width of 8.5 feet and registered with the local DMV. Rockledge is the oldest city in Brevard County, FL, and there are lots to do. The Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge are just some of the activities to keep you occupied on Saturday afternoon.
5. Durango, Colorado
Durango is at the epicenter of the tiny house movement. Standard housing options are a challenge because of limited supply and astronomical demand, which makes investing in small living more feasible. Durango allows for small homes on a solid foundation to be placed in the backyards of single-family homes. There's plenty of winter sports to keep you entertained in Durango. You'll enjoy a cup of hot cocoa in your tiny home after a long day of skiing and snowboarding. After a day at the slopes, you can enjoy some craft beer at a local brewery or some ice cream at the local parlor.
Tiny homes offer several advantages to traditional families, no matter where you decide to settle. A smaller space is easier to maintain since there is less space to clean and appliances to repair. You'll be able to use more of your time towards your favorite holidays and relationships. Tiny homes are also less of a financial burden, and most people can afford to forgo the traditional mortgage. Small homes can recenter your life to focus on what truly matters. Eliminating elaborate electronics, expansive wardrobes, and other excess materialistic junk can enrich your life.
Guest Article Submitted by Mikayla St. Clair