The Tiny Home Trend

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The Tiny Home Trend

Tiny Home Trend - CottageI posted a link on my facebook page yesterday, and it attracted a bit of interest:  The Tiny Home Trend, so I thought I'd share it here.  Our local TV station in Portland, WCSH6's evening news magazine, "207" (named for the only telephone area code in the state) aired a segment on the Tiny Home Trend here in Maine.

Tiny Homes in Maine make so much sense - - in terms of energy savings, if nothing else!  The "207" story tells about 2 Mainers - one, an artist, who lives in a 400 sf home and the other, a builder of Tiny Homes who lives in something like 950 sf.  Be sure to check out the video in the link - - I don't know that I could live in 400 sf, but the 950 sf is quite appealing. 

The idea behind Tiny Homes isn't to rough it; it is to live comfortably, but more simply.

And then, this morning, I read another story on what the Gen Y group wants in their homes and it really feeds right into the Tiny Home Trend.  The Millennials, apparently, don't want their parents' McMansions - - they Tiny Home Trend - Cottagewant to be in or near cities, where things are walkable, there is public transportation, and they are able to live without cars. Owning alot of their own space isn't attractive - they prefer buildings or developments with common rooms to host get-togethers, or to be near enough to watering holes, restaurants and other places to gather with friends.  They want a bit of the outdoors - maybe enough room to put a grill, but don't want grass to mow.  Less to clean, less to maintain, and "green."  This generation is happy living in a space that is the size of their parents' great rooms! 

Thinking back on what my clients bought and sold last year in light of this information, my Gen Y buyers did tend to look at smaller homes - part of this was driven by price of course, but there was only one single male buyer that definitely wanted to be able to walk to work - the young couples still wanted the larger suburban yards.  

Interestingly, I had a large, 5 bedroom home on the market and it wasn't bought by a family, but by a non-profit to be used as a group home.  And, it seems my Boomer Buyers still desired larger living space and a good-sized yard.  Even though they may be just one or two in their family, they wanted space to entertain at home, room (and bathrooms) sufficient to house visitors, and having space for grandchildren to play was also important. 

Interesting.  In-town Bath and Brunswick have neighborhoods, where our older (1800's - early 1900's) homes are smaller, more tightly packed on postage stamp size lots - many without garages because cars weren't invented yet when they were built.  You can walk to the downtown and shop for just about anything you need, have lunch or dinner, or see a movie - is this a back to the future type phenom?  

Whether you are looking for a Tiny Home or something a bit larger, I can help you find what you need!


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Sarah Moore
Southern Homes of the Carolinas - Charlotte, NC
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I am beginning to like the tiny home thing.  As a baby boomer it is time to re-evaluate the space we need and have.  Great post.

Feb 08, 2011 12:49 AM #1
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

The tiny home buzz has not caught on here. We are a mostly a retiree town and I think they want room for grandkids to visit or worse yet, move in if the bad economy gets them.

Feb 08, 2011 01:21 AM #2
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX

Terry .....Some people have built way too much !  

Comfortable home for family, shelter, cooking, etc.

The bigger it is the more maintenance , insurance, taxes!!!!

Kinda like a plate of food ....get what is just right !!! 


Just some thoughts

Feb 08, 2011 01:33 AM #3
Tamara Elliott-Deering
Central Metro Realty - Austin, TX


I think you'll like this link:  These guys build great teeny tiny houses out of reclaimed material.  It's near where my brother lives, they also have an architectural salvage yard and I can get some of the best barbecue in Texas when I visit.

Unfortunately, the prices for the tiny houses are not so tiny.

I enjoyed this post a lot.


Feb 08, 2011 10:53 AM #4
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Wow Tamara - - Tiny Texas Houses "Building the Future with the Past"  Love it.  I think the prices on those particular houses are not tiny because that guy is an artisit - - each home is a very personal work of art, with the salvage materials selected by the buyer.  Very cool concept.  Glad you enjoyed the post.

Robert, I agree.  Pro-sumerism was/is definitely at work in the housing arena.  The pendulum swings.

Rob, yep, that's what I see too - - the boomers want to hold onto a bit of space.  The concept of everyone sitting around the dining room table is what they still enjoy.  Gen Y has no need for the dining room or the table!

Sarah - I'm a boomer too, and I think I like the idea of 900sf because we have no children.  We have never had big Thanksgiving Day events at our house, rarely have big parties (too much trouble) and really just enjoy our quiet time at home in the evenings - - how much space do you need for that?  Now if I could just get rid of all the junk that we have acummulated over the past 10 years we've been in our current house, I'd be ready for one of the "tiny's" myself.

Feb 09, 2011 12:19 AM #5
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Terry - I'm with you on this one all the way. I too am a fan of a smaller home. I live in a cape now and I'm quite content with it's size. The kids are gone.  Who needs more room?  Not me... Just more to Good post Terry. Hope all is well in my favorite town of Bath

Jul 18, 2011 07:29 AM #6
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Bob, Bath is absolutely steamy this summer!  Luvin' the warmth and the sunny summer days.  You know it's pretty casual up here, so selling real estate in shorts is OK.  Cheers!


Jul 18, 2011 03:28 PM #7
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