Like a trendy modern trailer home park, two new developments in the Austin area are hoping to attract about 500 new residents with their “bring it or build it” tiny home community model.
“Professor Dumpster” Jeff Wilson and his Austin-based startup Kasita — which builds modern, tiny smart homes with future “racking” potential — have collaborated with Colorado-based Sprout Tiny Homes to bring to life a vision of innovative, intentional residential developments for tiny homes enthusiasts. It comes without the need to own the land under which to park your diminutive dwelling, with all the shared amenities that modern urbanites crave, and under half the median single home price for the area.
The two Central Texas developments — Constellation ATX, opening in Austin on March 1, and a second community tentatively called Stage Coach, opening in the nearby suburb of Kyle, TX later this year — together will feature 500 tiny homes in a “built it or bring it” model, according to Austin’s CultureMap. Each lot can accommodate up to a 400-square-foot tiny home, either one that residents have already built or one that they can commission from Kasita or Sprout in the $55,000 to $140,000 range.
Shared amenities at these planned, gated tiny home communities include: Google Fiber internet (at Constellation ATX); outdoor bar-like community areas with picnic tables, fire pits, grills, and landscaping (done by award-winning landscape architecture firm Marc Word Design); natural swimming pools; storage units; bike racks; on-site car sharing services; communal laundry; on-site recycling; rainwater capture systems; a Clubhouse with wi-fi access; and additional on-site tiny homes available for overnight guest rentals. Dog parks and car-charging stations are a possibility, too. “Build it” residents who purchase from Kasita will also have all the sustainable, smart home tech the company has become known for, as well.
Sprout Tiny Homes already has three similar planned developments in the works in Colorado, and has partnered with Tiny Dwelling Co. (the parent company of Constellation ATX and Stage Coach) in a $26M deal to build up to 275 of the 500 tiny homes for the two planned Texas communities, according to Markets Insider.