What Are the Benefits of a Tiny Home Community?

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Like traditional neighborhoods, tiny home communities feature amenities like restaurants, dog parks, markets, and gardens. Curious about the advantages of living in a tiny home community? Read on.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

If you're already doing your best to live green, imagine a community where your neighbors have a similar mindset, dedicated to protecting their world as well. Tiny homes consume less electricity to heat and cool.

Less energy consumption means fewer emissions from power plants. One home's reduction in energy emissions may not sound like much, but an entire community contributing to this goal can make a significant impact.

On the fence? Try it out before making a commitment with a brief stay in a tiny home community. Tiny House Block on the outskirts of San Diego offers nightly bookings as well as a three-month lease.

Less is More

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We all like our toys, but after the initial excitement of the latest and greatest whatsit wears off, it turns into clutter collecting dust. If a little organizing is all you need, then check out our tips on getting your kitchen, garage, or bedroom shipshape. But if what you're looking for is more of a mindset and lifestyle change, downsizing to a tiny home might bring the satisfaction you've been craving.

Removing all those extras from your life can give you the freedom to explore and do more, such as the tiny home communities that facilitate a tiny life on wheels. Some are former RV parks like Orlando Lakefront in Orlando, FL, or RV friendly like the Lemon Cove RV Park in the California Sierras. Smaller homes = greater access to a variety of locales.

More Can be Even Better

Just because you live in a tiny home doesn't mean you have to sacrifice luxury and style. Wheelhaus in Michigan offers high quality craftsmanship and insists you can be "Living Large with Less." Their models often feature more windows to connect with the outdoors, with high ceilings to give you the sense of more space.

As a builder of these micro mansions (by tiny home standards), their models are suitable for RV parks, tiny home communities, or as a guest space on your property. Each one is RV certified, and exceeds the health and safety building codes required of California Tiny Homes.

Or Take the Granny Flat

Also referred to as a mother-in-law, this Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a different approach to the previously mentioned communities. These units have taken off in Portland, OR, adding more living space for cramped families, or else used to help generate additional income for property owners.

This creates lots of shared space among residents, with some even offering kitchen use inside the main dwelling. If you've got the space and don't mind sharing, consider providing some much needed housing for your fellow humans.

Own the Land

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Just because you want a tiny home doesn't mean you want a tiny piece of property. A little bit of space between you and your nearest neighbor is ideal for those who want peace and quiet, along with proximity to modern conveniences that make life so much easier.

Places like Green Bridge Farm in Georgia have 1.5 acre lots for you to create your piece of paradise, but of the nine lots initially put up for sale, none remain after being snatched up. Perhaps other entrepreneurs will be looking into creating a similar sort of community for those who value privacy and outdoor space.

Low-Income Option

Saving money and getting out of debt are good reasons to consider a tiny home, but with skyrocketing home prices, the opportunity to own a home can be out of reach for many people.

Good thing service agencies like Cass Community Social Service in Detroit, MI are building 25 tiny residences for low-income qualifiers. These will be offered to students, seniors, and the formerly houseless to diversify the neighborhoods, and for these residents who live in the home for at least seven years, homeownership then becomes a possibility.

Or Just Get Away

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Many tiny home communities are in scenic locales, like Luxtiny in the White Mountains of Arizona or Whispering Aspen Village outside Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado. These locations offer their homes as primary residences or vacation homes.

With a true community focus, Luxtiny offers 3,500 square foot lots with a community garden and residential path to explore the mountain grandeur, while Whispering Aspen has year-round activities to occupy their vibrant community of residents, renters, and vacationers.

Tiny home living involves more than just physically occupying a small space. It's a lifestyle requiring a new state of mind to properly prepare for this change. Thankfully tiny home communities offer many of the traditional amenities of a typical planned community, so if you decide to join one there'll be no FOMO for you!