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Tiny-Home Village Going Up in Texas

Project may be the first of its kind in U.S.

Tiny house on wheels

Christopher Tomlinson/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP

Developers say that at least 13 tiny homes will go up starting this June.

In what’s being referred to as the first development of its kind in the United States, a tiny home village is being constructed about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, in the suburb of Lake Dallas.

The Lake Dallas City Council approved the one-acre project last fall, and already 70 people are on a waiting list for lots, each of which will measure about 800 to 900 square feet. A parking area is being set aside on the perimeter of the village so that the community itself can be a cohesive one. And to make the project even more aesthetically pleasing, the lots will be nestled around a shared green space.

Developers say that at least 13 tiny homes will go up starting this June, and that the price of lots will range from about $20,000 to $100,000. Homes must be between 7 ½ and 8 ½ feet wide, and they can be up to 40 feet long. The space will also offer storage areas, a community garden, on-site laundry facilities and — possibly in the future — a Little Free Library.

According to the Tiny House Blog, a site devoted to the micro-home movement, the planned community is truly groundbreaking because it’s the first in the nation intended only for moveable tiny houses on wheels. An approved zoning change identifies the development as a “tiny house park” for small dwellings — 100 to 400 square feet in size. Rather than being an RV park, it is a new planned unit development within a residential neighborhood.

Already prominent on HGTV, there’s no doubt the concept of living in smaller dwellings is gaining steam — especially among older adults. Sometimes called “granny pods,” they can be ideal for those relocating to be nearer to family members but who also don’t want to live under one roof. There’s even a Small House Society, which has supported the use of smaller living spaces since 2002.

Last fall, Amazon also got in on the act, making headlines by listing a "Prefabricated Tiny Home" for $36,000, plus $3,754.49 for shipping. The 320-square-foot home included a bedroom, shower, toilet, sink, kitchenette and living room, and could be delivered right to your door. Today Amazon offers a variety of tiny homes, including one for $35,000 that can be shipped for $4,500.

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