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It Takes a Village~Deep in the Heart of Texas

Three cottages.
Pretty Cottages in a Row

Recently, Ron and I have been discussing the feasibility of the placement of tiny houses.  Okay, so you build the little house of your dreams~now, where do you put it?  We were lucky to have a place with no zoning issues before we began building.  What can you do if you aren’t lucky enough to find a place like that?  Find a community, of course!

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Historic Picture of Spur

While brainstorming areas to consider for this post, I immediately thought of Portland. Portland loves everybody, but it will have to wait because Ron remembered that he saw something on TV about a tiny house friendly town in Texas.  Since I was born on Lackland Airforce Base, I have a bit of a connection to Texas.  So, I did a quick Google search, which led me to an interview with David Alsbury about Spur, Texas.  If you are looking for a place to kick off your boots and sit a spell, Spur Texas might be the place for you.

It seems that Spur likes little or tiny houses and welcomes anyone willing to move there. They even created a Resolution to prove it.  It’s a win-win situation according to David.  Many small towns in America need to be rejuvenated, and the people who are interested in this movement can bring new life to these communities.  Spur has many small town amenities and is relatively close to cities that have more “Big Time” events.  David mentions that “Spur is also a wondrous retirement spot with weather better than Florida, 55 average daily temperature in January, 88 degrees outside as I write this in July.”  You can’t beat that!

 

brad_kittel-4-2011-300x168You might even ask Brad Kittel to come up from Southern Texas and build a reclaimed materials tiny house for you.  I love these designs, and he is using a part of history to create the homes.

Way to go, Brad!

 

I’ll see you next time on my “It Takes a Village” tour.

Until then, stay small and prosper!

~Sue

2 Comment

  1. I found this interesting. There are places in the country which place rather large minimums on houses. In fact, many of the homes in my neighborhood would be illegal in some parts of the country even though they are typical 1950s homes of 1000 square feet or a bit less. That surprised me when I first learned about it.

    It’s great to hear of a community that is willing to welcome small houses and the people who come with them. I think some of the healthiest communities have diverse incomes and cultures, and this means diverse housing in the same neighborhood. Spur, Texas, sounds like a community that welcomes this!

    1. Hi, Jason
      I agree. It’s a shame more communities aren’t as forward thinking as Spur. I believe (hope) that more communities will come on board in the future, as they see that this is a viable and actually more sustainable way of living. I’m on the search for more communities like this…stay tuned.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      ~Sue

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