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Chelsea Rustrum

626 neighbors want to create a tiny house village in San Francisco.

I'm currently looking for land to rent, use or have gifted in/near/around SF. If you know of anyone who has an extra/unused parcel that they'd like to discuss leasing - I'd love to talk. Also, if you're interested in living in a tiny house village, please get in touch. I'm getting a working group together. If you like this idea, please join ("me too") this idea so that we can create a movement. 

To do this, we need some land (like a large back yard or a piece of unused land inside of San Francisco). We will also need access to water and possibly electricity (can do w/o this if necessary). We are looking to rent the land for around $2000/month.

The idea is to test the concept of putting 5-10 tiny houses on a plot of land with an outdoor communal kitchen and a seating area for the group to commune, eat, hang out, etc. The houses themselves will be on wheels and cause no damage to the land itself. They will not be permanent dwellings and for this reason cannot be considered living spaces and are therefore not governed by the same laws and standards such as square footage requirements. Each tiny house will have it's own kitchen and bathroom. And there will need to be room for street parking or parking on the land itself. 

If you have the land - we can and will make this happen and you'll see all of the fruitful benefits of coliving, community, minimalism and sharing of resources. The beauty of this idea is that it would be an opt-in community. If it's not a fit for someone or the group as a whole, they just cart their tiny house somewhere else. 

This is an intersection of coliving, micro apartments, intentional living and affordable housing for the creative class. It's also pushing the envelope of urban living, flexible (live from anywhere) lifestyles and with more of an emphasis on what our needs actually are. 

I am experienced with coliving, the sharing economy, building communities and ready for the next big adventure in creating a new form of housing looking for that serendipitous connection - that other half - a person who owns an unused parking lot, a plot of land, a huge backyard or unutilized land that they'd like to do something creative, interesting and innovative with. If this sounds like you, let's start talking and find a way to create this community, this vision together - or you can just rent me the land and we'll take care of the rest. 

Read more about this project here: http://tinyhousevillage.org/

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Dalila Hardwick

Hello everyone,
I have been following this site for a while, but unfortunately, nothing really is happening. I guess we need people on site to keep pushing, asking, and possibly demanding action from the officials.
I live in Los Angeles and I would love to move to San Francisco so I could finally ditch the car. But, prices are prohibitive and the idea of having roommates does not appeal to me given I am way past the "roommate" age.
The idea of a tiny home is extremely appealing to me - living on my own but close to other like-minded individuals, the best of all options for sure.
The push for more affordable housing ideas is actually there in the San Francisco area, so we might need someone or a group who can galvanize people and become a "real" movement.
I would love to help somehow, so if anyone has ideas please put them forth.
ciao

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Posted Nov 16, 2017
Megan Finaly
Megan Finaly
Nov 22, 2017

There are more parcels available in the east bay (El Cerrito, Richmond) but I am sure there are restrictions, ordinances around having tiny houses on the lots, especially without any primary building structure.

Posted by Megan Finaly on Nov 22, 2017
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Kelly Pipe Campbell

We are relocating to the Bay around March of next year from Seattle and are about 60% done with our tiny. What is the recent news on this and how can we help support?!

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Milagros Ramos

I have been in Pacifica California for about 13 years. Very pleasant weather about 35 minute drive to downtown SF. Since I work in the City would love to own a tiny home within 40 minutes from ZSFG Hospital. The idea of creating a community would be great. Would love a Community Hall for Bdays or free yoga or dance classes (salsa, bachata, kizomba, zouk). I know plenty of people who can donate their time to do this.

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Posted Nov 5, 2017
Eckhart Beatty
Eckhart Beatty
Nov 8, 2017

Sure.

Posted by Eckhart Beatty on Nov 8, 2017
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Maureen Lefevre

Hello,

I am interested in renting space in a future tiny house community to park my future tiny house. I have plan to start the build in the next couple of years. I plan on attending SFSU in 2020 and want to be a part of a tiny house community close by. I don't know what support I can give at this point besides spreading the word, but would love to be more involved if the opportunity presents itself. Hope to keep the conversation going! I am happy to know you're working with the city planning committee to work with the zoning laws and to hopefully create new more inclusive zoning laws. Thank you for starting the process!

Maureen

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Raye Martin

I'd like to start a tiny house community in El Sobrante and am interested in networking with others.
Raye

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Jacqueline Sppizamiglio Trovato

Hello, I currently live in a house in Concord, Ca. My "Dream" is to sell my house. The buyer would have to lift it and take it. Then I would like to build 5 tiny houses in my lot. My house is 1080 sf. I really, really need to do his. I am tired of living sad days with two room mates. I want to live alone with my two small dogs. I am willing to work for ever if I get to have this dream. My zip code is 94521. Do you think you could fulfill my dream? Please help me.
So sad,
Jacqueline

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Princess Sims
Princess Sims
Sep 13, 2017

Hello Jacqueline,

I totally agree with you. I live in Concord too. I don't own but I will NEVER buy in California. My dream is to own my Tiny on wheels with my three small dogs. I hope your dream comes soon :-)

Posted by Princess Sims on Sep 13, 2017
Steelgenix
Steelgenix
Oct 9, 2017

Hey guys!

What you are both talking about is exactly why I started my company, Steelgenix. What we do is create steel-built tiny homes on wheels that are beautiful, sustainable, energy efficient and attainable. Please check us out at www.steelgenix.com and also check out our video tour of one of our units down here in Colorado: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Tnv7....

I look forward to hearing from you guys and hopefully helping you fulfill your dreams!

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Clay Schmitz

Hi, I am recording a series of podcasts on communities in the greater Bay Area. If you are living in a community and want to be on the show I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

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Posted Aug 23, 2017
Chris
Chris
Aug 23, 2017

Hey Clay. I am interested in learning more. How do we get more details?

Posted by Chris on Aug 23, 2017
Lauren Patches
Lauren Patches
Sep 23, 2017

That sounds like a fantastic pod - what's it called?

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Olga Meydbray

I'm from the south bay and would love to be a part of such a community in the south bay. Is there interest in this group in looking as far south as Sunnyvale and San Jose. I work in SF but my kids go to school in Sunnyvale, so I commute. I'd love to help in any way I can to get this going.

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Chris

This is awesome. I'm part of a group working on a similar project in Oakland. We've made some early inroads in regards to the land search if that would be of interest. Either way, would be great to get in touch and at least trade some notes. What's the easiest way to get in contact?

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Posted Aug 20, 2017
Dan
Dan
Aug 21, 2017

Thanks Chris - do you have a website or mailing list for your project in Oakland?

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J & N

Hi all. Things happen and or lose steam when it's all no action. We have to come together. Maybe a Meetup discussion group, network to ALL of the real people who aren't just dipping their toes in the water. ?
Key word being intent.. if no one else is serious then this Utopian project won't have a chance.
Will share originally from the East coast and fell into some major real estate deals on chance.
Lived in many states from Country estate farms in Kentucky to buying and selling in the middle of Manhattan to South FL, mid Atlantic region too.
Real estate is ridiculously high here as we all know.
I am totally cool with a pad in the city, kinda feel we'd all have a great deal more freedom,less zoning probs,taxes,blow back from the local government bodies and perhaps more room to breathe finding at least a semi suburban parcel imo?
RV parks are starting to allow tiny houses, etc but IF we all wanted to live in a standard mobile home park? I'm sure we'd all be in a trailer park right now ? lol
We're even willing to check out other options as long as it makes sense. I am going to go out on a limb here and say, a meeting / meetup for breaking bread and ideas is a great place to start for each of us ? Thoughts ?

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Posted Aug 14, 2017
Reda Carr
Reda Carr
Aug 16, 2017

I would like to meet up. I agree! Is there a secure way to include contact info or maybe we could post a place and time to meet and talk about a plan?

Posted by Reda Carr on Aug 16, 2017
J & N
J & N
Aug 17, 2017

Hi All !
Thanks for the intros, updates, mails, et al. over the last few days, so nice to hear from each of you !

Well, first things first, definitely need a neutral meeting point so those who are interested, don't have to travel too much for any one who's going.

*** Note*** to the folks and planners of the communities who started all of these great ideas, I by no means want nor am I trying to take away your credit, ideas or plans whatsoever. Give credit where it's due, and without y'all, none of this would be happening, at least not so expeditiously.
Been lurking on the side lines for several years and just don't seem to see anything coming to fruition.
Please don't take it personally, I just find from sage experience, no actions equals zero action.
Not only that,you movers and shakers need to encompass yourselves with a circle of can do teams. Not just the want tos ;)
I chimed in because none of us are getting any younger even if you are young ?
So with that out of the way, IF I have your blessings to be a part of this ? I'm all in.
If not, I'll plant our THOW on the farm and be done with it, no hard feelings...
We do have shore power, septic and one RV spot on site.
I'm not one who cares much to live where Family or myself works but it's not off the table as we would have privacy there too.
We jumped on board this ship because of the artistic and free thinker community you guys and gals are planning.
It's badass to say the least.
Next,in my humble opinion, forums, Social Media, sites and all are good tools to network and spread word or advertising but there's no way to screen or weed out the weeds ( whackos ) lol. Been finding most sites, urls, even builder searches in Google doesn't work or the domains are for sale.
This is also frustrating to all who are serious.

Next idea.
How about us starting a real Meetup group on Meetup.com ?
We can screen folks, schedule events, have socials etc. within the site as a one stop shop ?
Then can host various meetings in various locations throughout

Posted by J & N on Aug 17, 2017
J & N
J & N
Aug 17, 2017

* looking forward to hearing and seeing this project blossom.
Best J & N

Posted by J & N on Aug 17, 2017
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