We at Curbed Ski have long touted tiny homes as a solution to some of the housing issues that plague ski towns, and we might soon get a chance to see how the experiment works in real life. The Colorado mountain town of Walsenburg amended its zoning rules a little more than a year ago to allow homes that are smaller than 600 square feet, and Sprout Tiny Homes is taking advantage of the change by building a whole subdivision of tiny homes. But unlike a lot of tiny homes, which are often built on trailers for easy transportation, these will be permanent structures tied into local utilities. That means owners won't be able to tow their tiny home to the freshest powder, but it might widen the appeal to people who aren't so hot on composting toilets.
Sprout Tiny Homes founder Rod Stambaugh plans to build 32 units on 4.5 acres he converted from agricultural to residential zoning. The homes, ranging in size from 262 to 672 square feet, should be priced between $60,000 to $130,000.
And Walsenburg isn't the only Colorado town where Stambaugh is looking to spread the tiny house experiment: He bought 19 acres in Salida with the intention of building 200 tiny homes and 96 storage units on the property. These units, however, will be rentals rather than offered for sale. The 262-square-foot homes will go for $750 per month while 672-square-foot homes will be priced at $1,400 per month. The U.S. Census Bureau lists Salida's median rent at $730 per month, which means Sprout's tiny homes will be on the high end of the market.
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Tiny homes can cater to individuals and couples who are willing to trade square footage for high-end finishes. Unfortunately, a tiny home subdivision will be less useful for a family of any size. And while Walsenburg and Salida aren't the only towns warming to the idea of tiny homes, it remains to be seen if enough demand materializes to make whole subdivisions successful — some towns have had allowed small accessory units for years with little to show for it.
But for any tiny home enthusiasts who are already all-in on Sprout's subdivision plans, there's another Colorado town where they can try before they buy.
· The World's First Tiny-Home Suburb, Coming to a Colorado Mountain Town Near You [Outside]
· All tiny home coverage [Curbed Ski]