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Chelsea Rustrum

591 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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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?

Posted by Dan on Aug 21, 2017
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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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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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J & N

We're an older and wiser middle aged couple, who's married but not buried. Kids are grown away from home love SF and on our own.
Creative not sedative and still rock and roll with spine and soul.
Looking for like minded folks that are open minded, want intentionally made communities.
We're personable, fun, good crazy at times. He's in the A n E industry, she's an amazing Equestrian trainer who runs a farm and schools people and animals a half hour away from the city.
We both have worked decades together in promo, venues, artist talent buys and full shows. Think we can help somehow. We have a plethora of experience,real networks, can get local bands to multi platinum acts of today's tunes. Maybe a crowd sourcing event is in order, need to brainstorm with you creative folks who want to join and share the movement with us ?
Let's talk
Keep in touch if you want. Thanks and good luck to all of you.

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R Mark
R Mark
Aug 15, 2017

Hi! I live in Canada but have been wanting to move to the SF area for the last 6 or 7 years. But affordability.... I would be interested in a tiny house community in the area. I was part of the community here in Edmonton but unfortunately the movement has faded due to discouragement about legalizing it in the city. But I would be happy to help somehow and be interested in the prospect of living their. I work in the architecture industry. Not an architect but I'm passionate about creating healthy, beautiful communities.

Posted by R Mark on Aug 15, 2017
Reda Carr
Reda Carr
Aug 16, 2017

Hi! Im very happy to meet you! We are looking for friends and a Tiny Village to call home. My wife Darcy and I are caring for our niece this year while renting in Redwood City, but are going on the lookout for what to buy. Moving from Kansas our budget is low for San Francisco, but we would actually prefer a micro-village anyway for many reasons. My wife is a Nurse Practitioner and I am an Public Artist/musician with aesthetic construction and urban planning experience. We are very fond of our 2 small dogs, peace ,love and our fun. I have been corresponding with bay area tiny village for over a year as an enthusiast and helper in planning a village. Spots of land are hard to come by though. They may be of interest to you. If your interested in meeting, let Darcy and I know! We could meet for dinner or a coffee. Im on Face Book as Reda Carr. you can Instant message me from there for contact info.

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Jacquelyn Choate

Hi! My family and I currently live in a tiny house in the East Bay, and we would love to help brainstorm for a community in SF. Let's make it happen!

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Dalila Hardwick
Dalila Hardwick
Jun 6, 2017

Hi,
I have been following this forum for a while, but unfortunately nothing seems to come to fruition. Could you be more specific about your current living situation? Are you parked on your own property? If not, whose property? DId you need permits?
I am very interested in living in a tiny home... San Francisco would be ideal, but if it is impossible there, maybe East Bay would be ok as well.
I would appreciate your input. Thanks
Dalila

Posted by Dalila Hardwick on Jun 6, 2017
Dan
Dan
Jun 6, 2017

I spoke to Chelsea about whether this project had lost steam, and if we should combine it with the affordable housing project (neighborland.com/ideas/sf-more...) and here's what she had to say ... "It hasn't really lost steam so much as [being slowed down by] zoning issues. Those can and will be worked out in time, but these things don't happen overnight."

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Natalie N Michael Chappelle

Are you aware of any restrictions in purchasing an actual RV park and converting into a tiny home village? There are some run down parks in nice areas. I am sure the neighbors would appreciate it and since it is already permitted for RV living I would think the challenges would be minimal.

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pinkshadie

Looking forward to updates.

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Clay Schmitz

Hi,
I saw this tiny house in the Sunset a couple days ago.
Anyone know the story?
Best,
Clay

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Posted Feb 28, 2017
Dan
Dan
Feb 28, 2017

Whoah, super cool!

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Moira Rogers

I would love to join you! Moira

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Alicia Egan

Following! Very interested in tiny house building on shared land.

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Jason
Jason
Jan 22, 2017

The key problem is how to get permission from the local government to do the tiny house village

Posted by Jason on Jan 22, 2017
Lavina Katherina Lewis
Lavina Katherina Lewis
Feb 10, 2017

There is unused land near Geneva and San Jose that they tried to make into a community garden but failed as far as I can see. It is almost completely unused and for years was just covered with weeds and trees before they cleared it off for the community garden. Next to it is another unused fenced off property that I don't know who owns. If you can get a few houses on that land, I would do whatever I could to buy a tiny house and live there. I love this neighborhood.

Posted by Lavina Katherina Lewis on Feb 10, 2017
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Jason

I maybe able to provide the land for your tiny house village, please contact me.

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Posted Jan 13, 2017
Dalila Hardwick
Dalila Hardwick
Jan 13, 2017

Hello Jason,
Really?? Where is the land located at? What size are you talking about? Would you sell it or want to lease it? Thank you for posting. ciao

Posted by Dalila Hardwick on Jan 13, 2017
Kae
Kae
Jan 13, 2017

An Interested in helping create! Please include me in discussion.

Posted by Kae on Jan 13, 2017
Casey
Casey
Feb 17, 2017

Following! Am very interested in helping create

Posted by Casey on Feb 17, 2017
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