There’s no end to the number of articles touting the benefits that go along with tiny home living. From savings on your lights, water, and other utilities, to lowering your carbon footprint…. there’s no argument as to whether you would benefit. The only trouble many folks are running into is where they’ll put their tiny home. There are still many places where small cottages and tiny homes are still over regulated. Some townships, cites, and such have a ban on homes under a certain size and/or where you can keep them.
One example is in Washington State – supposedly a “green” place to live – where tiny homes are disallowed in many counties across the state. Tiny home dwellers are having to leave their homes on wheels and may even have to move them from time to time. Things are beginning to change however as citizens are starting to push back and demand the ability to determine what is best for them.
One way to work around an issue such as this is by finding established tiny home communities that have been licensed or permitted to lease lots to owners. This site is an example of one such community. With established footprints for the homes, a clubhouse, and more you’ll find out very quickly why Simple Life, a gated community with resort amenities, is a great way to get down to small living without all the headaches of dealing with the headaches that the rules and regulations of many communities try to impose on tiny cottages.
What to Look For
When looking for an established tiny cottage community there are a few things you’ll want to look for. The biggest thing to look for are the three A’s.
– Access – Who has access to the community? Is it open for the public to just drive through or is it gated?
– Activities – Does the community offer a decent number of activities for members?
– Area – What is the surrounding area like? Do you want to live somewhere that offers opportunities for spending time in the outdoors? How about a place that has easy to reach places for shopping, movies, or more?
When you find a community that interests you, ask for a tour. Make sure to watch the neighborhood as you go through. Listen to see whether there’s lots of noise and stuff going on or whether it’s nice and peaceful. All of these things should factor in when making your final decision.
One of the last things to take in account is selection. Find a tiny home community that has at least a couple different home options from which to choose. That way you will be more likely to get the home you want in addition to the the community you like. There’s nothing worse than the buyers remorse that can come from settling for a home or a community that “kinda” fits what you’re looking for rather than getting the tiny home of your dreams along with a community you can enjoy for years to come.