In case you haven’t heard, downsizing is the new black (or should I say green?). We’re living in an age where less is more. With increased urban populations and depletion of our earth’s resources, it’s becoming imperative that we start to live with more consciousness around our choices and actions.
While residing in a mansion may have once been deemed the American dream, more of us are valuing freedom as the new paradigm: freedom from debt, freedom to travel and freedom to explore our beautiful country.
Tiny Home Test Drive
The decision to sell your unwanted items and live small is a big one. But what if you could take a tiny house test drive first? Meet the new trend taking the country by storm: tiny home villages.
Tiny home villages designed for the homeless have emerged across the country in cities such as Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Dallas and more. While the concept offers affordable housing, it’s not limited to the homeless. Many people are taking advantage of the numerous financial advantages.
With the tiny home village concept, you’re able to experience firsthand what it’s like to live tiny without a big commitment. It’s a try-before-you-buy concept, which allows potential investors to avoid buyer’s remorse with nightly, weekly or monthly rental options.
Escape to Wisconsin
Imagine what it would feel like to awaken to natural wetlands, mixed hardwood forests, two private lakes and, oh yeah, no mortgage. Now you can, and one of the best places to get a taste of that life is at Canoe Bay Escape Village in Rice Bay, Wisconsin, which lets you rent by the night.
They even offer zero-money-down financing to purchase models that cost under $100,000, less than many luxury vehicles. You can choose to lease the land for your tiny house for one year at a time.
As the first tiny home/RV resort in the Midwest, Canoe Bay Escape Village offers a sense of community and is the largest tiny house village in the United States. In just 400 square feet or less, you can be living in the lap of natural luxury in a one- or two-bedroom unit with vast window views of the beautiful surroundings.
If you’re more of a glamper like myself, fear not. These American-made, handcrafted units offer all the luxuries your sustainable heart could desire, including fireplace options; full-size, energy-efficient appliances; Low-E windows; screened-in porch options; LED lighting; solar power and off-grid options; king or queen beds; sustainable woods; and even flat-screen TVs and high-end entertainment systems.
Enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Or, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter. Then, make a dinner reservation at a farm-to-table lakeside restaurant located at the award-winning Canoe Bay, which sits adjacent to the village. Here, you’ll find rustic cottages, tiny homes, a hotel and an inn.
Let Your Tiny Home Pay for Itself
What many financially savvy tiny home enthusiasts are choosing is to not only live green, but earn green. With an investment in the $50,000 to $200,000 range, you can rent out your unit to eager vacationers and start to earn revenue while eventually paying off your financed tiny home or park model.
Because RVs (recreational vehicles) are considered a vehicle, not a house, there is no property tax required. Rather, you’ll be registering your tiny home with the DMV. Long lines? Perhaps. Large bills? Not likely.
Escape Homes are designed to withstand all types of climates, including snow, high winds and heat. In fact, the Escape Homes withstood 100-mile-an-hour winds in Miami during Hurricane Irma. Currently, Escape Homes is sending Hurricane & Fire Relief Tiny Homes to Texas, Florida and California to those affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires to serve as both temporary and permanent homes for these displaced residents.
So, by now you get what this big idea is all about. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Are you ready to test-drive a tiny home?