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Chelsea Rustrum

609 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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pinkshadie

Looking forward to updates.

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Posted Apr 7, 2017
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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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Posted Feb 22, 2017
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Alicia Egan

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

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Posted Jan 22, 2017
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

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Kelly Tolman Curtis

I'd love to live in a tiny house community in the Bay Area!
Is San Francisco feasible though? Housing and land costs here are soexpensive. How about an intentional community near San Francisco in a more rural setting? It would cost less and we'd have more room!

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Posted Oct 26, 2016
Clay Schmitz
Clay Schmitz
Oct 30, 2016

Sounds great! I would love to see both!

The more rural sounds peaceful and relaxing.
In the city sounds exciting as a model to show all the bay area and all cities that there is all better way to live.

Seems like with over 400 people interested in village we need more than one :)

Posted by Clay Schmitz on Oct 30, 2016
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Erica Persaud

I would like to establish in Alabama

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Posted Oct 20, 2016
Dan
Dan
Oct 20, 2016

Hey Erica ... try the "Add to my city" button to duplicate the idea in your home town. Let us know if you have any questions!

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Shea

I live in Flagstaff, Arizona, but I am really passionate about creating affordable, simple housing for people, and I would love to move to San Francisco, California...but as we know it is extremely expensive. Is there anything I can do to help push for a tiny house community there while residing in Flagstaff?

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Posted Oct 9, 2016
Kelly Tolman Curtis
Kelly Tolman Curtis
Oct 26, 2016

I'm not sure the actual city of San Francisco would be economically feasible (for us), but I'd love to get a community of tiny housers together perhaps outside of the city in a more rural setting!
What's the tiny house situation in Arizona?
The biggest problem I'm running into is the logistics. Where to build it, and where to live in it once it's built?
So many places only "allow" them as accessory dwellings, or only for recreating and not permanent dwelling.
I really want us to put our heads together to figure this out.
Kelly

Posted by Kelly Tolman Curtis on Oct 26, 2016
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Joanne

Iam currently single but i have a dog and we are very interested in acquiring a tiny house for living I prefer without the wheels as I would just want to live in it. If there is information out there on how to make it happen it would be appreciated.

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Posted Oct 9, 2016
WW Gilman
WW Gilman
Oct 9, 2016

Look at my website and reconnect. Thevillageofwildflowers.com. WW Gilman

Posted by WW Gilman on Oct 9, 2016
Kelly Tolman Curtis
Kelly Tolman Curtis
Oct 26, 2016

Your place looks great but we can't move to NC as hubby is still working.
That's why we're trying to figure out how to do this in the Bay Area

Posted by Kelly Tolman Curtis on Oct 26, 2016
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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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