Category Archives: Locations

Planning and Designs for the Tiny House Village Bay Area

What a journey!

The Tiny House Bay Area group has gone land scouting in May and June respectively. One of the parcels of land was a great one to model off of because of how secluded it was in its own little grove with lots of lush greenery with close enough proximity to San Francisco.

The working groups (on land scouting expeditions) have spoken to the city of Santa Rosa, a community focused real estate agent, and several other experts during two full Friday afternoons.

One of theĀ Tiny House Bay Area members is David Ludwig, who is an award-winning architect by trade, living in an Airstream (read: aerodynamic tiny home) for the past decade plus. He loves to dance and move and along with that movement comes his house. When ever he travels locally and needs a place to stay, he brings his casa right along with him. While David loves his Airstream, he’s ready to live in a community dedicated to tiny homes in a more lush environment. He’s the mastermind behind these designs!

One of the first parcels we ever looked at in Sebastopol is the landform used to create both the visual and financial models that we can present to cities and local jurisdictions as well as investors when the time comes.

This is a rough drawing at the moment – we’re still seeking feedback from the Tiny House Bay Area community and look forward to grabbing cold drinks in the sunshine on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7pm in Hayes Valley, San Francisco.

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The Tiny House Vision Event

tiny house vision and social

We had a great Tiny House Vision & Social with standing room only with Tiny House Bay Area! 100+ people came and we had architects, engineers, researchers, and many passionate tiny house enthusiasts in the room. Excited to find the intersection between sharing and the built environment in a community that values experiences over stuff.

The next step is to go land scouting and talk to city planners North of San Francisco for the day in early May.

For more information, get in touch with Chelsea Rustrum.

A Tiny House Village Near San Francisco

Proposed Plans

We want to create a small village of entrepreneurs who want to live sustainably, on the land – and with high speed internet, guitar sessions, nightly campfires, dancing and celebrating life, love and food – all within a few hours proximity to San Francisco.

See the neighborland group

To do this, we need some land (like a large back yard or a piece of unused land inside of San Francisco). We will also need access to water and possibly electricity (can do w/o this if necessary).

The idea is to test the concept of putting 5-10 tiny houses on a plot of land with an outdoor communal kitchen and a seating area for the group to commune, eat, hang out, etc. The houses themselves will be on wheels and cause no damage to the land itself. They will not be permanent dwellings and for this reason cannot be considered living spaces and are therefore not governed by the same laws and standards such as square footage requirements. Each tiny house will have it’s own kitchen and bathroom. And there will need to be room for street parking or parking on the land itself.

If you have the land – we can and will make this happen and you’ll see all of the fruitful benefits of coliving, community, minimalism and sharing of resources. The beauty of this idea is that it would be an opt-in community. If it’s not a fit for someone or the group as a whole, they just cart their tiny house somewhere else.

This is an intersection of coliving, micro apartments, intentional living and affordable housing for the creative class. It’s also pushing the envelope of urban living, flexible (live from anywhere) lifestyles and with more of an emphasis on what our needs actually are.

I am experienced with coliving, the sharing economy, building communities and ready for the next big adventure in creating a new form of housing looking for that serendipitous connection – that other half – a person who owns an unused parking lot, a plot of land, a huge backyard or unutilized land that they’d like to do something creative, interesting and innovative with. If this sounds like you, let’s start talking and find a way to create this community, this vision together – or you can just rent me the land and we’ll take care of the rest.

Please do get in touch and let me know your thoughts on all of the above.