Tiny house living has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its affordability, mobility, and sustainable aspects. However, finding the perfect plot of land to build or park your tiny house can be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for a rural setting or an urban environment, there are several factors to consider when searching for land for your tiny home. In this article, we will explore some key tips and strategies for how to find land for tiny houses, and finding the perfect spot to call home.
The Land Dilemma
New tiny houses are absolutely brilliant solutions for many who seek the lifestyle, and the benefits it can bring. Unfortunately, purchasing or building a home is only the first step, and finding a location to “land” your newly acquired home can often prove to be a more complicated experience. For many, the attraction of modern tiny houses is the cost savings they provide when compared to a “stick home”; however, the cost of purchasing land is often so prohibitive, that it is easy to become disillusioned. For many, the desire to remain relatively close to services, entertainment and transport also create demands for land which is within or very close to community services – while rural land may be available, finding urban locations is more complicated.
Where to Park a Tiny House?
In most urban centers, finding land to purchase may not be an option, whether by choice or because of cost, so other options become necessary. A few ideas below are suggested when searching for a place to ‘land’ modern tiny houses:
1. Property Sharing – Many people have found success by making arrangements with existing home owners, who will allow them to park their tiny homes on their property, and share the utilities and services available. Depending on the community and the location, the openness to such arrangements vary, but it has proven a very successful solution for many. Placing ads on various platforms online is sure to yield some results, and with patience and perseverance, it is possible to find a great location for your home.
2. Community Villages – Some communities have now developed “tiny house villages“, where agreements have been made with local municipalities to permit small homes to park permanently, without running afoul of local regulations and/or by-laws. It is well worth contacting your local municipality to see if such areas exist in your community.
3. Family & friends are often very willing to permit your home on their property, and can also be a potential solution to those who are comfortable with such arrangements. It saves the uncertainty of finding land to park with unknown landowners, and for many it may be a preferable option.
4. Parks & Camping Grounds – Some RV parks, and long-term rental camping parks will also permit you to park your home. These do normally incur a significant monthly fee to pay for power and other services, but the economics of such a choice vary by location. One other thing to consider is that many locations are also seasonal, and don’t permit you to live year-round. It is recommended to contact various locations in your area, and see what options may be available – this can be a great option, andthe environment and proximity to local services is often also excellent.
Ethan Walman wrote an excellent book outlining the details and solutions for finding land, and is definitely worth a read. Check it out – here, and enjoy his perspectives on the solution.
Summary – Find Land for Tiny Houses
Finding the perfect plot of land for a tiny house can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By doing your research, thinking outside the box, and reaching out to others in the tiny house community, you can discover a piece of land that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to live off-grid, embrace a simpler way of life, or reduce your carbon footprint, there’s a plot of land out there waiting for you. With determination and a little bit of creativity, you can make your dream of tiny house living a reality.
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