6 Tiny Home Communities Inspiring Minimal And Collective Living
Inspiring Tiny Home Neighborhoods In The USA
Tiny homes and minimal living have taken hold in the USA over the past few years. Low cost of living, simplicity, and the freedom to travel have inspired both homeowners and renters to opt for smaller dwelling spaces. In response to the movement, pop-up neighborhoods have begun to form across the country offering permanent residents, curious vacationers, and even those in need of housing, a place to park and do life with like-minded people.
Fully developed communities are a relatively new concept, but here are a few of our favorite properties setting a wonderful example.
Location | Lyons, Colorado
Trying to decide if tiny living is for you? Or maybe you want a temporary tiny home experience for your next Rocky Mountain getaway? WeeCasa, located in the breathtaking mountains of Colorado, is tiny living for short-stays and vacations. With 22 tiny homes (casas) for nightly rental, WeeCasa offers vacationers a smarter and more sustainable way to travel. Each casa is different in both size and amenities—the largest sleeps five—and all homes are equipped with essentials for a comfortable stay. If you want to experience tiny living for a few nights, WeeCasa is a wonderful place to visit. Large parties are also welcome to book the grounds for gatherings and events for a truly communal experience.
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Location | Portland, Oregon
Another rental option for those wanting to try but not buy a tiny home is Caravan in the vibrant Alberta Arts District of Portland, Oregon. All six tiny homes, ranging in size from 120-170 square feet, are constructed by local builders and decorated with Portland art, as well as fair-trade, sustainable products. Using the homes to create a circle, Caravan cultivates a wonderful gathering space for music, games, and conversation. Guests can even roast vegan marshmallows over the fire pit.
Just passing through? Open houses, tours, and community events happen on various dates; ticket information can be found on the Caravan website.
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Community First! Village
Location | Austin, Texas
A unique and inspiring movement, Community First! Village is a collection of 140 micro homes, 100 RVs, and 20 canvas-sided cottages offering affordable, permanent housing and supportive community to the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Tiny homes on the 27-acre grounds are designed by talented architects from around the world and furnishings are obtained through generous donors. Property amenities include a medical facility, walking trails and gardens, outdoor movie theater, community market, wireless internet, bed & breakfast for visiting guests, and convenient access to the Capital Metro bus stop. Moreover, it’s a place for those who are hurting to heal and rediscover hope in a dignified way with the support of the community. Tours of the property are offered on select Sundays throughout the month.
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Cedar Springs Tiny Village
Location | Cedar Springs, Ohio
“Simple Living on the Lake” is the motto for Ohio’s new and first full-fledged tiny home village. The community celebrated its grand opening in August and offers Modern Tiny Living customers up to 30 lots – some water-front – to park their house for good. Walking paths, community gardens, a recycling program, mature trees, and close proximately to the Natural Springs Resort are just some of the many perks to living on this lake-front property.
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Orlando Lakefront At College Park
Location | Orlando, Florida
A revitalization of the 1950’s trailer park, Orlando Lakefront at College Park offers permanent parking space for tiny homeowners, as well as short and long-term rentals on Lake Fairview – just outside Orlando, Florida. Sunny, sustainable, and community-focused, this property is dedicated to maintaining the original spirit that first started the tiny house movement: simple living. Residents can spend their days out on the water, visit downtown Orlando (a short 7-minute drive), or simply relax and mingle with like-minded neighbors.
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Lake Walk Community
Location | Greer, South Carolina
Lower cost of living, higher quality of life, and more time to live; these are the benefits of going tiny, according to Lake Walk Community. Situated just outside Greenville, South Carolina, the lake-side property has 43 sites on 15 acres for tiny house owners looking to park in the woods. Nature trails, mountain views, communal gardening, and a community center with a fire pit are all some of the perks for residents. And for visitors, Airbnb listings of specific units offer the loveliest tiny-home vacation.
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Kayti Christian (she/her) is a Senior Editor at The Good Trade. She has a Master’s in Nonfiction Writing from the University of London and is the creator of Feelings Not Aside, a newsletter for enneagram 4s and other sensitive-identifying people. Outside of writing, she loves hiking, reading memoir, and the Oxford comma.