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Tiny Homes: Lofty Ideal Or Realistic Response To Housing Prices?

Stanardsville, Virginia, is going through changes as an influx of tiny homes are popping up in what used to be an RV campground.

The Washington Post chronicles the vacation from the daily hustle taken by an ambitious journalist. Her goal? To understand tiny homes and the escapist undertones presented by Getaway, the rental company for these properties.

Writing about her experience, Lavanya Ramanathan takes note of the intended restorative effect a vacation into the woods is supposed to have on your wellness. She explores the transcendentalist concepts promoted by this type of living.

The tiny home is barren as Ramanathan notes, “the absence of mirrors is intentional. Because only monsters think about their pores when they’re supposed to be out here like Henry David Thoreau.”

Though the ideology behind seclusion and living a simple life is outside of the box, it is nonetheless something popular and often yearned for by even the most deeply entrenched members of society. At $160 per night though, ideology likely has nothing to do with it for the rental company.

That said, the simple and cheap socio-economic phenomenon of tiny homes is alive and well. For those looking to buy a tiny house, it makes a lot of sense.

In traditional real estate it takes 4.2 months to find the home you want to buy. Once you sign the contract it typically will be between four and 10 weeks until you can move in.

From start to finish it only takes two or three months to have a completely custom built tiny home.

The simplicity of an off the grid tiny home costs an average of $50,000, significantly less than any house in a safe neighborhood practically anywhere in America.

This does come at a cost, as the average square footage of a tiny home is only 200, which affords you minimal room.

However, it seems like those intrepid individuals giving up their lovely jacuzzi bathtubs, big beds, and sectional sofas are not sacrificing so much as shearing the shackles of traditional housing. No more discussion about how a kitchen remodel could score an 82.7% ROI or how it’s time to redecorate the living room.

For tiny homeowners, the excess of modern homes is suffocating, and they reject it in favor of a minimalist approach. Traditional homeowners, alternatively, prefer elbow room.

For the undecided people in the market for a new home, you could always book a stay at a tiny home in Stanardsville to see if smaller is really better.

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