From Denver to Durango, tiny home neighborhoods get support.

Tiny homes are capturing the attention of many across the nation. From those needing affordable housing to those who want to live with a small footprint, the movement is gaining in popularity right here in Colorado.

A tiny home community has been proposed in Durango, and it has earned the preliminary approval of several city leaders. The proposal involves building Escalante Village, which will offer 22 small homes on about 1.77 acres on the south end of town.

The proposed tiny home community is expected to be populated by 2019. Durango’s Planning Commission recommended the plan be approved, and the final decision lies with city staff.

According to the Durango Herald, each lot in the community will measure 20 feet by 40 feet and offer utility hookups. It is estimated that about half of the available units have been spoken for. Some are rentals that are expected to go from $500 to $750 a month.

This project joins one already established in Denver and others in the works across the state.

Denver’s Beloved Community Village was established in 2017 to provide housing for the homeless. The village is one of several similar projects around the country, and it provides 11 housing units, restrooms, showers, and a gathering/cooking space.

“Beloved Community Village is a self-governing tiny home village whose purpose is to provide a home base and safe place for those who are presently in Denver and have no other place to live,” the community’s site says. “With this collection of secure and insulated homes, we provide a viable solution in the midst of the current housing crisis.”

Beloved Community Tiny Homes VillageCourtesy of Beloved Community Village. 

Sprout Tiny Homes of La Junta is also planning two tiny home communities, one in Salida and one in Walsenburg. The Salida location, River View at Cleora, is projected to be a 200-home neighborhood. The Walsenburg location is planned to host 33 units.

And this tiny home craze isn’t limited to permanent housing. WeeCasa in Lyons is a tiny house resort that allows visitors to access the Rockies, all while sleeping with a sense freedom and sustainability.

“We strive to express this new version of the "American Dream" by providing a new experience built around tiny living and outdoor adventure. Live Wee, Live Free!” WeeCasa’s site says. With 135 to 400 square feet to enjoy per unit, individuals and groups alike are encouraged to stay.

As these tiny home communities continue to succeed, it’s fair to say that with housing prices and the cost of living in Colorado, we will likely see more sprouting up. According to tinysociety.co, 89 percent of tiny house owners have less credit card debt than the average American and 68 percent of tiny house owners don't have any mortgage. Looks like a pretty attractive option if you aren’t into roomy digs.

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