Tiny houses take many and varied forms: reoutfitted RV’s, prefabricated Muji houses, Nestron pods, etc. And they can be found anywhere from North America to New Zealand.
Aside from simpler living, these communities feature many common areas and community meeting places.
Tiny homes are conventionally 500 square feet or less in size, and are both affordable and sustainable. They are custom made for all-natural settings and self-sufficient owners.
As may be expected, tiny home communities are popping up around the world.
Spur, Texas, United States
The first United States community to accommodate tiny houses, Spur, Texas, this community contains homes that—by mandate—include wood or metal framing, flush toilets, and sound electrical work. And the town itself is wired with fiber-optics.
Terrace, British Columbia, Canada
Canada’s inaugural small home community is Bluegrass Meadows Micro Village, situated in the forest of British Columbia and surrounded by mountains and rivers. These tiny homes come with small prices, starting at only $700 per month. And empty lots are available for owners who already have tiny homes. Community amenities include a common cabin with laundry, along with water, power, sewage, recycling, internet, and snow removal in the winter. Future plans include a community garden, recreation spot, and fire pit area.
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
This signature tiny home neighbourhood known as Airstream Village comes complete with beautiful homes and shared amenities that include a playground, swimming pools, stage, fire pits, community areas, regular art show installations, etc. House designs include the 240 square foot Airstream trailer and 140 square foot Tumbleweed cabin, with high tech home features and sustainable materials combining for perfect little homes.
San Diego, California, United States
The Tiny House Block, outside San Diego, is designed to reconnect people to the concepts of nature and community. Mountains. Hiking trails. Restaurants and taverns. Tiny homes featured here include “Farmhouse,” “Crystal Zen,” “Blue Sky,” “Flower Fun,” and more. No TVs here, but people busy themselves with games, books, and private backyard havens.
Kurkku Fields, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Started by music producer Takeshi Kobayashi, Kurkku Fields is a sustainable farm and park that features a tiny house village on the side, an organic vegetable farm, a free-range chicken ranch, an interior dining room that serves farm to table food, outdoor art presentations by Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, and Camille Henrot, a solar farm, a bio geo energy filter, etc. The tiny house village is a place for short-term stays, but its models are geared toward sustainability and natural living.
Fairplay, Colorado, United States
The Whispering Aspen Village in Fairplay, Colorado, situated in the Mosquito Mountain Range, is popular with skiers and snowboarders. Offering more than 20 existing cabins for rent and RV’s, plus even tiny homes on wheels, the village features common areas such as a clubhouse and recreational spots. The cabins are, much like their surrounding area, quaint and charming.
Muriwai, New Zealand
Started by businessman Kyron Gosse and his corporation Go Tiny, The Micro Collective in Muriwai is planned to become New Zealand’s inaugural tiny home village. Gosse planned for the village to include tiny houses constructed by their owners, stressing liberty and self-sufficiency. The village’s center would be claimed by a plant-based café and collaborative space to cultivate a community. While the village has yet to be constructed, it is intended to drive the tiny house movement in New Zealand.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The “Homes for Heroes” village in Calgary was custom made for homeless veterans, in a program led by the Homes for Heroes Foundation and geared toward the support of vets in need. Aside from fully outfitted, 275-square-foot homes, the village features mentoring, case management, and counseling services—and the low rental price includes it all.