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Chelsea Rustrum

550 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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Clay Schmitz

Hi,

I hope everyone is well.

I have been following this idea for what seems like years and I'm wondering what progress has been made or where it is stuck?

My own experience is that anytime I have fully committed to something it has started within a few months.

I saw the Mac fund has some $100 million give away to solve a problem, this confirmed my belief that the resources are always available.

For myself I am unsure of how I could commit to living in a tiny house community in the city. I'm married and we have a house and child in Alameda. At most I could commit to being there a day or two a week.

I'm curious where everyone else is at, how much they can contribute or committ to a tiny house community?

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Posted Oct 6, 2016
Dan
Dan
Oct 6, 2016

Thanks for the update Chelsea!

Posted by Dan on Oct 6, 2016
Russel
Russel
Oct 7, 2016

I see a problem with terminology. A 'tiny house village' is really a variation on the trailer park. This would not work in a dense urban environment. So a 'tiny house village in San Francisco' probably would have to be a demonstration project that would highlight building design, and not the 'village' aspect. I'm more interested in the concept of permanent small homes as urban infill. Either single family or multi unit, as long as they can take advantage of lots that would otherwise deemed unbuildable primarily due to their size.

Posted by Russel on Oct 7, 2016
Clay Schmitz
Clay Schmitz
Oct 9, 2016

Hi Chelsea, I appreciate the response.
Yes I would love to connect with the folks who are working on this. One of my talents is creative problemy solving, especially when it comes to finding loopholes.
Thanks,
Clay

Posted by Clay Schmitz on Oct 9, 2016
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WW Gilman

Check out Thevillageofwildflowers.com. We are developers of Intentional Tiny House Lifestyle Communitys. We offer our services, insight, and support to others interested in this type of affordable housing. I will be in SF for a week and would like to meet your people. There is power in numbers and apparently you just need some outside thinkers. The cost of ground has driven you out of SF, why worry about this. I have your answers. Please call, WW Gilman 828 329 6344

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Posted Sep 22, 2016
Dan
Dan
Sep 22, 2016

Hi WW - thanks for posting this. Flat Rock is such a beautiful place in the NC mountains!

Posted by Dan on Sep 22, 2016
Chelsea Rustrum
Chelsea Rustrum
Oct 6, 2016

Love this! Thank you. Will give you a call shortly.

Posted by Chelsea Rustrum on Oct 6, 2016
Tess
Tess
Mar 20, 2017

Hi there, I have been watching Tiny House living on DIY channel. But I need to find a place where to build it. So I really want to join you and help this group to achieve its goals. - Tess

Posted by Tess on Mar 20, 2017
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Josef

Looking for others that want a tiny house village in San Francisco. Is there a place yet?

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Posted Sep 1, 2016
Whitney Dobson
Whitney Dobson
Sep 7, 2016

Also looking. Any info is appreciated!

Posted by Whitney Dobson on Sep 7, 2016
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Dan

"Second homes, often called “granny flats,” have become a new front in the conflict that pits the need for more housing in the country’s most expensive cities against the wishes of neighbors who want to preserve their communities. The same battles flare over large developments that might loom over single-family neighborhoods. But even this modest idea for new housing — let homeowners build it in their own back yards — has run into not-in-my-back-yard resistance."

www.washingtonpost.com/news/wo...

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The next big fight over housing could happen, literally, in your back yard

Even a modest idea for new housing — let homeowners build it in their own back yards — has run into resistance.

www.washingtonpost.com/news/wo...

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Tim McCormick
Tim McCormick
Aug 8, 2016

There's a saying heard increasingly: "Local control is another name for segregation."

Right to build, and right to the city (for the young, newcomer, mobile, aspiring, immigrant, and poor as well as existing people) are increasingly key civil-rights fronts in the US and around the world. Yes, Civil. Rights. Because exclusion of "those people" isn't civil, isn't right, isn't urban, is the oldest and most fundamental of all prejudices, is helping to rip apart our cities and our country today, and needs to be fought in all times and places.

I've been studying / prototyping alternative housing intensively in the last two years via my venture Houslets, with accessory dwellings very much in mind as a key likely market. Among our key observations is that while the legal/political landscape is complex and embattled (political, that is..), it's also quite varied and changing. Vancouver is very different than Seattle, Portland, Palo Alto, or LA; even parts of LA are quite different. Also, many fundamentals are very strong, such as enormous need, aligned interests of homeowners to create and others to rent in ADUS, govt support for new cost-effective alternatives to largely failed Affordable Housing policies.

We are interested particularly in approaches to make ADUs or other housing much lower-cost, adaptable, and potentially dissemblable, and relocatable. These factors may help address many of the issue observed in the WaPo article, in various ways such as making units easier to finance (eg self-financed, financed as movable property, or separate title to be owned/financed by others). Also, by making units buildable with little disruption/visibility to neighbors, and being potentially off-grid to avoid the many complications of grid utilities. Another housing system is possible!

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Tim McCormick
founder, Houslets
San Francisco

Posted by Tim McCormick on Aug 8, 2016
Dan
Dan
Aug 9, 2016

Completely agree Tim ... affordable housing has become a civil rights issue in San Francisco. Great piece from Joe Goldman today echoes this frame - medium.com/@joegoldman/san-fra...

Posted by Dan on Aug 9, 2016
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Dan

KQED forum today - ww2.kqed.org/forum/2015/09/08/...
Tiny House Trend Takes Off in the Bay Area

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Tiny House Trend Takes Off in the Bay Area

A tiny house jamboree in Colorado last month attracted some 40,000 people. The micro-home trend has been covered by the New Yorker, the Washington Post and on innumerable listicles and blogs. Commonly defined as less than 1,000 square feet, the reasons people turn to small homes range from ecological to economic. We'll meet a Bay Area resident...

ww2.kqed.org/forum/2015/09/08/...

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Tim McCormick
Tim McCormick
Aug 6, 2016

this was actually a show from last September 8th, not this week. I happened to just retweet it.

What I found especially interesting in that show were Luke Iseman's comments at 19:00 - 21:20. He talks about how he moved to the Bay Area in part because of the rich progressive tradition, but was disappointed to find how little that spirit seemed to be present in changing the "broken" zoning and housing system causing such a crisis. The host says, isn't it breaking the law? and he says, it's following an ethical mandate to try to find answers and move forward whether the law/zoning has caught up yet or not. I thought it was well put!

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Tim McCormick
Houslets

Posted by Tim McCormick on Aug 6, 2016
Dan
Dan
Aug 6, 2016

Amen to that!

Posted by Dan on Aug 6, 2016
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Dan

Interesting perspective on alternative dwellings and housing policy - www.fastcodesign.com/3062366/t...

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Rosalie Mohler
Rosalie Mohler
Aug 2, 2016

That would be great. But when & how much , you know this is San francisco.

Posted by Rosalie Mohler on Aug 2, 2016
Dan
Dan
Aug 2, 2016

The Board of Supervisors recently approved a significant change to our policy here: www.sfexaminer.com/supervisors... ... for more information on how it works: sf-planning.org/accessory-dwel...

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Dan

"Construction is the cheap part. Land is the expensive part." www.vox.com/a/new-economy-futu...

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Rosalie Mohler
Rosalie Mohler
Aug 2, 2016

My dream is to have a tiny house here in daly city or nearby city but i think its not going to happen, politics, politics!

Posted by Rosalie Mohler on Aug 2, 2016
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Keri Gailloux

I was reading about the Shipyard neighborhood near Hunter's point. If the city can designate "new" neighborhoods then they should take into consideration the Tiny House Neighborhood and make that land available at low cost and people can rent the land and put their own houses there. The neighborhood would be flexible as tiny housers don't necessarily stay in one place. There would be a huge draw for this type of neighborhood and it would address low/middle income individuals as well as families.

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Dalila Hardwick
Dalila Hardwick
Jul 12, 2016

Hi,
is there a way to get updates about this plan? I would think that if that became a reality, there would be too many people clamoring for a lease... thanks

Posted by Dalila Hardwick on Jul 12, 2016
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Dan

Decent longread from Buzzfeed: www.buzzfeed.com/doree/who-is-...

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Who Is The Tiny House Revolution For?

Television’s obsession with the tiny house “revolution” is lighting up conversations about class, race, and even the politics of housing regulation.

www.buzzfeed.com/doree/who-is-...

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Loni Gray

Hey everyone...food for thought! This is in creative commons: Watch Alastair:
www.ted.com/talks/alastair_par...
Loni

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Architecture for the people by the people

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

www.ted.com/talks/alastair_par...

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