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Her Tiny Community Retirement After Bay Area Career


Gael lived and worked in San Francisco for years, but the high cost of living made it impossible for her to retire there. So instead, she purchased a tiny home and secured a spot at Tiny Tranquility in Oregon.

Her beautiful home is filled with her artwork – pencil drawings and intricate scratch designs – and she has a comfortable recliner to sleep in (it’s the best option for her back). The only regret she has with her tiny home is the tiny bathroom!

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A beautiful mix of cedar and green metal siding

She has spots for her crystals and artwork.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Husabergchamp
    November 29, 2022, 12:01 pm

    I love the green and wood siding, nice color of green. Same with the cat highway and it’s unusual designs they navigate, more folks with cats should do that for our furry friends. Cool Manta Ray quilt; a friend of my sisters made me a quilt from old motorcycle racing t-shirts to commemorate 40 years of successful competition, its a one of a kind that brings back great memories. Why Manta Ray, are you a recreational diver? I bet it’s nice to escape from San Francisco and big city issues and enjoy life in the country and near the ocean. I live in the country on 35 acres and just love it. One cat, a very friendly outside stray who hangs around the house for food, petting, and a bed in an outside shelter. Hates being in a house, he needs space to roam. Enjoy your new life!

  • November 30, 2022, 4:42 am

    Gael, I was astonished when I saw your video. I enjoyed your tiny house tour. What really shocked me was how you fit in your energy healing and art life. It all looks great and has a place of its own. I have crystals, bowls, natural perfume items, herbs, eos, my set-up for writing my novels, and my various art supplies, and I’ve wondered how they would fit into the tiny lifestyle. You showed me how. It would be lovely to live at Tiny Tranquility on the Oregon Coast. My late husband and I visited the OR coast (Newport) 29 times in 27 years. He’s been gone for six years. And I’m very ill now. I’m Canadian and am hooked into the healthcare system now. Thank goodness. So the desire will have to stay on hold until the next lifetime. Still, every night before I go to bed, I look over the Tiny House Newletter. It gives me something to dream on. Thank you, Gael. You are a spectacular woman and I would have been honored to get to know you. Be well; be at peace. Love Lyn

  • Maria Kentala
    November 30, 2022, 6:04 am

    Who was the builder of this tiny house? Did I miss her telling us in the video? Love the house.

    • James D.
      November 30, 2022, 11:36 pm

      Pacifica Tiny Homes…

  • Donna Rae
    December 1, 2022, 4:49 am

    What a lovely home! Colorful but in a calm way and I love all of the “stuff” adorning the entire place! Why didn’t I think of hanging a chain across the window to hang ornaments and doodads from? I’m stealing that idea, for sure. Honestly, there is only one thing I see that I would change and that is lifting both the pink bookcase and fabulous white cabinet off of the counter. If you hang them from the wall, you get the use of all that counter space. It would still look fabulous, be reachable and utilize the counter for doing artwork or maybe hang cups or other ornaments from the bottom of the cabinets. Maybe provide an artistic opportunity for a creative backsplash? Regardless, I could see myself living in this little gem of a tiny house! Oh, wait! I forgot to mention those stairs. Love the storage underneath…a storage staple in many tiny houses…but those alternating steps would have to go away. Regular stairs would be safer for when you have to use the facilities in the middle of the night. Regular steps are also safer if you need to descend the stairs in an emergency. I’d rather not have to think of which foot to start with so I wouldn’t trip on the current unevenness. Personal preference, of course. Many use the alternating steps quite well so just a suggestion. Congratulations on a really nice abode!

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