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Sustainable Tiny House Towns: Wheeled And Fixed

by: Sharai Hoekema
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Tiny houses. Once, we considered them to be a nuisance, a hindrance. ‘Ah no, let’s go to your place, my house is seriously tiny!’ Entire generations spent their lives making enough money to buy a bigger home. The size of your home used to be an indicator of how well you were doing in life.

Sustainable Tiny House Towns: Wheeled And Fixed

That is until some people came along and decided to make living small their new priority. The hype definitely caught on, judging by the number of tv-shows focusing on ‘tiny living’ and the creation of unique tiny homes, the one even smaller than the other. As it turns out, living in a 12 square meter home is the new 120 square meter.

It is not just easier to find space in crowded areas, it is also greener - a much lower footprint! - and offers great opportunities for avant-garde architecture. Whether you are using a traditional RV and gutting it from the inside out, or opting for prefabricated factory homes or perhaps futuristic pods (Google ‘Nestron’ to find more about those), the options are endless. 

As more and more tiny homes become available and they start catering to a wider audience, it was only a matter of time before people started forming communities. In those communities, minimalist living has become the norm - while common areas are available for socializing and entertainment purposes. Tiny house towns, so to speak.

As legislation is still pending and rules and taxes not yet determined, there are not as many sustainable tiny house towns as there could be. This number will, however, grow significantly in the next few years. Time to look at a few of the most prominent examples.


                                                     Spectacular Tiny Houses Outside of Zion National Park - Utah


Spur, Texas, United States

Located in the north of Texas, Spur is a tiny town with only slightly more than 1,000 residents. Its rural location has proven ideal for tiny house owners, who feel like they can get closer to nature again by joining this very first tiny home community. The town has found a way of optimizing both services to tiny house owners as well as fostering their sense of freedom and self-sufficiency. Land for the tiny house can easily be bought, with only some minimal aesthetic requirements - like having the house featuring wood or metal framing, proper electrical work, and flush toilets. In return, you can make use of all the town’s services, including fiber-optics.

woman, blue shirt, tiny house, blue roof, grass
Denise Rosner, 62 years old, who is originally from the Bronx borough of New York City and was the second tiny house dweller to arrive in Spur, where she lives in a 440-square-foot, traditional-looking home.

Terrace, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia has often been hailed as a pristine piece of nature. It is hardly surprising that the tiny house movement made its way to Terrace, where the so-called Bluegrass Meadows Micro Village lies in the middle of a remote forest, in-between mountains.

map BlueGrass Meadows, Terrace, British Columbia, Canada

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As there were hardly any affordable rentals in the area, tiny houses proved to be the ideal solution - offering fully furnished accommodation from $700 per month. Alternatively, people can buy or rent an empty plot of land to put their own tiny home on and have it connected to water, power, sewage, recycling, internet, and snow removal services. Besides, residents can freely use the BBQ and fire pit area, communal garden, recreation area, and cabin with laundry facilities.

Tiny House, plants, terrace, 2 green chairs

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Especially in Las Vegas, where big, bigger, biggest seems to be the unofficial motto, one would be surprised to find a tiny house town. Airstream Village is alive and kicking, though. The community-sense of this collection of rentable tiny houses (either an Airstream trailer or a Tumbleweed cabin) is heightened by the shared amenities, including swimming pools, art installations, a stage, and the two communal alpacas Marley and Triton - who have been responsible for having the town nicknamed ‘Llamapolis’.

areal, people, tiny houses, TV screan, grass

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San Diego, California, United States

Many people dream of living in or near San Diego. It has pretty much the best of what west coast living has to offer: a great climate, pristine beaches, and a high standard of living. If you want this experience without feeling the pressure of living in an urban area, the Tiny House Block just outside the city might be for you. It has made it its mission to stay devoid of technology, instead of focussing on creating interpersonal connections and natural living. It has many hiking trails in its vicinity, a cool, old-school tavern and restaurant, and sweet simple houses without access to TV and the internet.

Blue tiny house, plants, veranda
Tiny house hosted by Chris And Jean

Kurkku Fields, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Speaking of sustainable living. This has become a true art form at the Kurkku Fields in Japan, where the tiny house town is located on the plot of an organic vegetable farm, including a free-range chicken range, an indoor dining room serving fresh, self-grown produce, a solar farm, and art installations. Although people can only rent the houses for a short stay, it should be enough to give you a taste of what truly sustainable living looks like.

tiny house, 2 wheels, wood

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Fairplay, Colorado, United States

Another favorite travel spot for short-stay tiny house living can be found in the mountains of the United States, near the touristic hotspot of Aspen. The Whispering Aspen Village lies smack dead in the middle of the Mosquito Mountain Range, a true heaven for skiers and snowboarders. Within this village, there are more than 20 cabins, alongside a fleet of RV’s and tiny houses on wheels. Whenever you stay here, the communal facilities are yours to enjoy, including a clubhouse and recreation area. All in the typical, rustic style that is so typical for winter sports towns. 

landscape, trees, bushes, tiny houses

Tiny House Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Not quite ready for tiny house living, or do you want your own tiny house to be exactly up to your specs? Know that you are always welcome to visit the Tiny House Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It is run by architect Jan-Willem van der Male, who has made it his mission to teach people to design and build their own tiny house. The popularity of tiny houses is skyrocketing in this country, making his venture very successful. “It is in our mentality to calculate what we need and what we spend, and tiny house living derives from the idea that you just use what you need, and nothing more,” van der Male says.

Green Tiny house, terrace, 2 chairs

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The prices are very reasonable as well, he claims, something that is very important to the notoriously money-sensible Dutchmen. A tiny house could cost anywhere between €50.000 and €100.000, much less than an average house. Especially with the rising house and land prices, this is a steal for people who find themselves struggling to purchase a ‘real’ house.

Tiny House Movement: Minimalist, Ecological And Economical Values

Tiny living may not be for everyone, though. Everyone who is living - or has lived - in one of those downsized dwellings will agree with that. It is not just about being cheaper, or about using less space. It requires a strong mindset that focuses on finding something that is minimalist, ecological, and economical at the same time. Your independence, both economical and literal, comes at a price - and that may be rather unpleasant if you can’t heat your shower as the solar panels just gave out or if you have to work from home with 3 kids running around your 24 square meter home.

White tiny house, grass
Tiny house, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

It is exactly those downsides that have made the tiny house movement so hotly debated in a political setting. In order to build a home, you have to adhere to certain standards, as set by the government. This may have to do with style, but also with size and safety. Even for constructing the home, you need to follow a set of rules. Thankfully, more and more people are realizing that tiny house living is not just a fad but something that could be great for the environment as well; and cities are increasingly making space available for tiny house living.

Tiny Houses And COVID-19

As for so many things, COVID-19 may prove a blessing in disguise for the tiny house communities. At a first glance, you might think that tiny living is decidedly unpleasant during times of quarantine and lockdown. However, most tiny house owners claim that it is actually not so bad at all: tiny houses often rely on the availability of a great outdoor space for house-bound kids to enjoy during the day. Additionally, within a tiny house community, you tend to get a lot closer to your neighbors. This makes scheduling your day a bit easier, knowing that one neighbor can take your kids for the day so you can get your work done.

tiny house, glass, wood, trees

Also, as Netflix-usage has skyrocketed as well, more people are getting curious about the concept and watching more series showing tiny house living. As they become more worried about our economical and ecological future, this may just be the push that they need to get their own tiny house - as it is both cheaper and better for the environment. The understanding that we can’t keep going is there, and the knowledge that tiny houses might be a more sustainable option is irrefutable. Time to go tiny.

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Tiny houses. Once, we considered them to be a nuisance, a hindrance. ‘Ah no, let’s go to your place, my house is seriously tiny!’ Entire generations spent their lives making enough money to buy a bigger home. The size of your home used to be an indicator of how well you were doing in life. Sustainable Tiny House Towns: Wheeled And Fixed That is until some people came along and decided to make living small their new priority. The hype definitely caught on, judging by the number of tv-shows focusing on ‘tiny living’ and the creation of unique tiny homes, the one even smaller than the other. As it turns out, living in a 12 square meter home is the new 120 square meter. It is not just easier to find space in crowded areas, it is also greener - a much lower footprint! - and offers great opportunities for avant-garde architecture. Whether you are using a traditional RV and gutting it from the inside out, or opting for prefabricated factory homes or perhaps futuristic pods (Google ‘Nestron’ to find more about those), the options are endless.   As more and more tiny homes become available and they start catering to a wider audience, it was only a matter of time before people started forming communities. In those communities, minimalist living has become the norm - while common areas are available for socializing and entertainment purposes. Tiny house towns, so to speak. As legislation is still pending and rules and taxes not yet determined, there are not as many sustainable tiny house towns as there could be. This number will, however, grow significantly in the next few years. Time to look at a few of the most prominent examples. {youtube}                                                      Spectacular Tiny Houses Outside of Zion National Park - Utah Spur, Texas, United States Located in the north of Texas, Spur is a tiny town with only slightly more than 1,000 residents. Its rural location has proven ideal for tiny house owners, who feel like they can get closer to nature again by joining this very first tiny home community. The town has found a way of optimizing both services to tiny house owners as well as fostering their sense of freedom and self-sufficiency. Land for the tiny house can easily be bought, with only some minimal aesthetic requirements - like having the house featuring wood or metal framing, proper electrical work, and flush toilets. In return, you can make use of all the town’s services, including fiber-optics. Denise Rosner, 62 years old, who is originally from the Bronx borough of New York City and was the second tiny house dweller to arrive in Spur, where she lives in a 440-square-foot, traditional-looking home. Terrace, British Columbia, Canada British Columbia has often been hailed as a pristine piece of nature. It is hardly surprising that the tiny house movement made its way to Terrace, where the so-called Bluegrass Meadows Micro Village lies in the middle of a remote forest, in-between mountains. Recommended:  Tiny House: The Largest Interiors In Small Houses As there were hardly any affordable rentals in the area, tiny houses proved to be the ideal solution - offering fully furnished accommodation from $700 per month. Alternatively, people can buy or rent an empty plot of land to put their own tiny home on and have it connected to water, power, sewage, recycling, internet, and snow removal services. Besides, residents can freely use the BBQ and fire pit area, communal garden, recreation area, and cabin with laundry facilities. Like to write your article about your tiny house experience?  Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input. Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Especially in Las Vegas, where big, bigger, biggest seems to be the unofficial motto, one would be surprised to find a tiny house town. Airstream Village is alive and kicking, though. The community-sense of this collection of rentable tiny houses (either an Airstream trailer or a Tumbleweed cabin) is heightened by the shared amenities, including swimming pools, art installations, a stage, and the two communal alpacas Marley and Triton - who have been responsible for having the town nicknamed ‘Llamapolis’. Recommended:  Tiny Houses From Shipping Containers. A Trend? San Diego, California, United States Many people dream of living in or near San Diego. It has pretty much the best of what west coast living has to offer: a great climate, pristine beaches, and a high standard of living. If you want this experience without feeling the pressure of living in an urban area, the Tiny House Block just outside the city might be for you. It has made it its mission to stay devoid of technology, instead of focussing on creating interpersonal connections and natural living. It has many hiking trails in its vicinity, a cool, old-school tavern and restaurant, and sweet simple houses without access to TV and the internet. Tiny house hosted by Chris And Jean Kurkku Fields, Chiba Prefecture, Japan Speaking of sustainable living. This has become a true art form at the Kurkku Fields in Japan, where the tiny house town is located on the plot of an organic vegetable farm, including a free-range chicken range, an indoor dining room serving fresh, self-grown produce, a solar farm, and art installations. Although people can only rent the houses for a short stay, it should be enough to give you a taste of what truly sustainable living looks like. Recommended:  Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar, And Off-Grid Fairplay, Colorado, United States Another favorite travel spot for short-stay tiny house living can be found in the mountains of the United States, near the touristic hotspot of Aspen. The Whispering Aspen Village lies smack dead in the middle of the Mosquito Mountain Range, a true heaven for skiers and snowboarders. Within this village, there are more than 20 cabins, alongside a fleet of RV’s and tiny houses on wheels. Whenever you stay here, the communal facilities are yours to enjoy, including a clubhouse and recreation area. All in the typical, rustic style that is so typical for winter sports towns.   Tiny House Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Not quite ready for tiny house living, or do you want your own tiny house to be exactly up to your specs? Know that you are always welcome to visit the Tiny House Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It is run by architect Jan-Willem van der Male, who has made it his mission to teach people to design and build their own tiny house. The popularity of tiny houses is skyrocketing in this country, making his venture very successful. “It is in our mentality to calculate what we need and what we spend, and tiny house living derives from the idea that you just use what you need, and nothing more,” van der Male says. Recommended:  Solar Power Without Panels On Your Roof The prices are very reasonable as well, he claims, something that is very important to the notoriously money-sensible Dutchmen. A tiny house could cost anywhere between €50.000 and €100.000, much less than an average house. Especially with the rising house and land prices, this is a steal for people who find themselves struggling to purchase a ‘real’ house. Tiny House Movement: Minimalist, Ecological And Economical Values Tiny living may not be for everyone, though. Everyone who is living - or has lived - in one of those downsized dwellings will agree with that. It is not just about being cheaper, or about using less space. It requires a strong mindset that focuses on finding something that is minimalist, ecological, and economical at the same time. Your independence, both economical and literal, comes at a price - and that may be rather unpleasant if you can’t heat your shower as the solar panels just gave out or if you have to work from home with 3 kids running around your 24 square meter home. Tiny house, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It is exactly those downsides that have made the tiny house movement so hotly debated in a political setting. In order to build a home, you have to adhere to certain standards, as set by the government. This may have to do with style, but also with size and safety. Even for constructing the home, you need to follow a set of rules. Thankfully, more and more people are realizing that tiny house living is not just a fad but something that could be great for the environment as well; and cities are increasingly making space available for tiny house living. Tiny Houses And COVID-19 As for so many things, COVID-19 may prove a blessing in disguise for the tiny house communities. At a first glance, you might think that tiny living is decidedly unpleasant during times of quarantine and lockdown. However, most tiny house owners claim that it is actually not so bad at all: tiny houses often rely on the availability of a great outdoor space for house-bound kids to enjoy during the day. Additionally, within a tiny house community, you tend to get a lot closer to your neighbors. This makes scheduling your day a bit easier, knowing that one neighbor can take your kids for the day so you can get your work done. Also, as Netflix-usage has skyrocketed as well, more people are getting curious about the concept and watching more series showing tiny house living. As they become more worried about our economical and ecological future, this may just be the push that they need to get their own tiny house - as it is both cheaper and better for the environment. The understanding that we can’t keep going is there, and the knowledge that tiny houses might be a more sustainable option is irrefutable. Time to go tiny. Before you go Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about your tiny house experience?  Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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