The Tiny Home movement has popped up in Palm Springs.
The first 10 “Micro Homes” are available for sale in Palm Springs, Calif., at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club, 1880 S. Palm Canyon Drive, with option between 600 and 800 square feet starting at $126,000.
The median home price for a single-family home in Palm Springs is more than $500,000.
About 100 new homes are scheduled to fill the vintage mobile home park in this popular resort community, creating the first neighborhood of its kind in Southern California.
“Palm Springs has a vast collection of architectural and modern homes,” said Paul Kaplan, who heads the agency marketing the homes and community. ” We wanted to do something modern that would fit with the existing homes of the 1960s and 1970s that are in the park.”
These pre-fab style homes are made in a factory with the interiors complete, then delivered to the home site. Once situated, outdoor decks and porches are added. Walkways, driveways, carports, fenced yards and landscaping complete the package.
Designed to avoid being too tiny, the homes are all single level structures, with no ladders or sleeping lofts commonly found in “micro home” designs. The one-bedroom home includes up to 550 square feet of outdoor deck space, that leads to 600-square feet inside with glass walls for plenty of natural light, nine-foot ceilings, sliding glass doors, full-size kitchen appliances and one bath. The 2-bedroom has about 250 square feet of deck space.
Kaplan said he anticipates the community being popular with winter visitors, retirees looking to downsize and some first home buyers. During recent Saturday showings, the community has had about 100 people come through each day.
Placed on a traditional “double wide” mobile home pad, the lot provides room for gardening, grilling, a dog run or other lifestyle amenities rarely found at area condo developments. Kaplan said the deliberately kept the homes slim as a strategy to maximize outdoor space.
The homeowner rents the lot space for $650 per month, about $100 more than the average condo association fee in the area.
Community amenities include paved drives, driveways, walkways and landscaping, clubhouse, pool, grill areas, dog park, gym and common areas.
An added bonus of tiny home living: if you want some new scenery, you can put the wheels back on your home, and tow it to a new locale.