We’re moving to a tiny home community. At least, that’s the plan for the near future.
Near future being the next thing we do after sequestering ourselves on a farm for a year.
If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you’ll know that Sporty and I are prone to changing our minds. A lot.
Our latest adventure is a little different though, as it requires more of a commitment than what we’re used to. Because it means buying rather than renting our next home.
We’ve yet to visit it, so
Our new abode will be on wheels, which isn’t exactly permanent. Still, from our point of view we may as well be investing in a bricks and mortar affair with foundations and the like.
Yup, it’s that big of a deal.
The thing is, we’ve reached a point where we’d like to have a place of our own to call home. Somewhere we won’t have to deal with other people’s stuff. Which is what happens when you rent furnished.
5 Reasons Why Living in a Tiny Home Community is a Smart Idea
It makes sense that we’d want a tiny house. We’re card-carrying minimalists after all. What’s a little less obvious is why we’d opt to live in a tiny home community rather than buy a patch of land to park our little house on.
We did consider that route initially, especially as the movement is still in its infancy here in South Africa. But after doing some research we discovered the Tiny House Village, not too far from Cape Town.
We’ve yet to visit and see if it’s a good fit for us, but if it is we’ll be parking our new home their for sure. Their are a number of reasons for this, which I’ve outlined below.
1. You’re Surrounded by Like-Minded People
I’ll caveat this by saying ‘mostly’ like-minded people. Just because you all live in tiny homes doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily share the same philosophies or outlook on life. Still, there’s a good chance you’ll have more in common than your penchant for living small.
You’ll more than likely connect over your shared interest in the environment, your passion for the outdoors (tiny home dwellers generally aren’t home bodies) and your desire to be self-sustainable.
2. Help Is Always Close at Hand (Maybe Even Closer)
The tiny house movement isn’t new. But it’s new enough to still be on the fringes of what’s considered to be normal. This means people are all at different stages on their journey. Everyone has their own experiences and learning to bring to the community.
Living off-the-grid is a noble aspiration, but when you’re fresh out the city it can be tricky to find your way. Having a community to call on is super helpful. Especially one that’s happy to to share their successes and failures with you.
Whether you need to install a compost toilet, set up a water collection system or heat your home on a budget, someone in your tiny home community will be able to walk you through it.
3. There’s an Established Infrastructure in Place
Starting from scratch on your own piece of land can be downright daunting when you’re still wet behind the ears. Living in a tiny home community means you’ll be able to tap into existing resources, such as wifi, access to water and community solar.
If you’re new to the concept choosesolar has put together a comprehensive guide.
You’ll probably want to be completely self-sufficient at some point, but it’s nice to know that you can ease into the lifestyle rather than suffer a birth of fire. Think of it as a training ground for when you do finally go solo. Although, there’s a good chance you won’t want to move once you’ve lived in your community for a while.
4. Opportunities for Collaboration Are Everywhere
Collaborating makes life easier and more enjoyable. A lot of communities have a central food garden that everyone helps to sustain and in turn, gets to live off.
It doesn’t just have to be centred around growing your own food though. You could collaborate on anything that speaks to you, because chances are (unless it’s a super bizarre interest) there’ll be at least a handful of people within the community who are passionate about the same thing.
5. There’s Less Chance You’ll Grow Old and Weird
For Sporty and I, this is the number one reason we’re keen on living in a tiny home community. While it’s not true for everyone, a lot of folks get weirder as they age. This is especially true of people who live alone, but it can happen to couples as well.
You need to be surrounded by other people. I’m not advocating that you live in one another’s pockets, but it is important to live in such a way that engaging with your fellow humans is something that happens often.
Personally, I saw what happened to my parents as they grew older and became increasingly more isolated. Conversely, my 87-year-old aunt is upbeat and outgoing. Largely, I suspect, as a result of volunteering 2-3 times a week, going to church and generally making an effort to engage more.
What About You? Where Would You Like to Live?
What are your long term dreams? Could you live in a tiny house? Does the thought of a tiny home community appeal to you?
I have no idea about the area (I’ve yet to visit the States), I just like that the houses aren’t on top of each other. I like the idea of having neighbours close by, but at the same time I like having at least some space between our houses.