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This Family Might Win $150K to Start Tiny House Community, Bay Area

This family is in the running to win $15oK from SoFi that they will put toward starting a Tiny House Community in the Bay Area.

The grand prize winner (plus the 5 runner ups!) will be announced soon.

Even if they don’t win, check out their inspirational Tiny Journey on Instagram.

This Family Might Win $15oK to Start Tiny House Community, Bay Area

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Images via Jana

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Images via Jana

Video: #WhyISOFi Contest Entry – Micah W.

About the Family:

Last March, Micah, Jana and little Silas, known as @TinyHouseFamily on Instagram, made a giant move across the country from Birmingham, Alabama, following a career move to the West Coast. Micah’s position at the fast-growing tech company, Shipt, afforded them the opportunity to plant an office in San Francisco. However, with the Bay Area’s high cost-of-living, they had to get creative. A tiny house on wheels, a long-time dream of theirs, was the answer, offering the stability of home ownership, sustainable living, and flexibility that suites their evolving lifestyle.

“Winning this contest would seriously change our life. We’re asking our community to take three minutes, watch our story, and vote for our family. $150,000.00 would have a significant impact on Silas’ future and our ability to grow the tiny house community in the Bay Area,” said Micah Whitehead, co-owner of the Tiny House Family Instagram account. “We’re chasers and adventures. There is something about the freedom of living tiny that we’re drawn to. We see tiny living as a healthy lifestyle that allows for financial independence, freedom, and adventure during the prime years of our life. Our son will have incredible experiences throughout his childhood. The whole world is our backyard! And we hope to inspire others to achieve their own tiny house dreams.”

All in, their tiny house cost $63k including delivery and a solar package. Traditional financing options are not typically available for tiny home owners. With newer options like SoFi, personal loans and peer-to-peer lending make it possible.

Highlights: 

  • 28 ft. long
  • Dark ebony stain on exterior siding
  • White painted shiplap interior
  • Bright and airy
  • 14 windows
  • Two lofts: Master and “Lounge Loft” with TV
  • Double sink
  • Stand up shower
  • Washer/dryer combo unit
  • Separett composting toilet

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Natalie McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.
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  • Eric November 17, 2016, 4:17 pm

    Good luck – finding a place to park it, that is. $150k doesn’t go very far for land close enough to commute to a job in SF. Then you still have to get past the zoning issues. Also, how does one get into this contest? I wouldn’t mind winning, myself. :)

    • Natalie Natalie November 18, 2016, 6:35 am

      Not very far, but every penny counts :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Rich vail November 18, 2016, 8:35 pm

    The link to sofi is bad…

  • Patricia November 19, 2016, 2:24 am

    Hello,
    I have a lot/land in the City of Richmond, CA which is 15 minutes from the SF bay bridge. 7509sq ft. I was hoping to develop a tiny home village. Lte’s talk about how to make this happen.

    Thank you!

    • Ron E November 20, 2016, 11:13 pm

      I am currently building a tiny house in Manteca Ca for sale. If this is something you are interested in let me know.

  • Debbie November 19, 2016, 6:01 am

    Great home. And I wold love to live in SF again. Yep, in a tiny house. Its not getting a tiny house, its where can one park it? And the price of land…..good luck.

  • Barnie November 23, 2016, 6:48 pm

    Beautiful house (and seems a fair value at $63,000). I hope they can bring their dream community to fruition.

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