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Musician Builds 500 sq. ft. Bungalow in this Arizona Tiny House Community

Musician Mary lived most of her life in the Bay Area, but she got the chance to invest in a community in Arizona and immediately felt called to live there.

Her 500 square foot home was built around her gorgeous piano which she has paid to move with her from apartment to apartment for years. The community has communal cooking/eating places, so she chose a very paired-down kitchen for her new place.

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She has such a lovely, ecclectic sense of style

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The house sits in a small community she invested in.

Musician’s 500 sq. ft. Bungalow in Arizona Tiny House Community

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  • Lifelong musician
  • Lived in the Bay Area of CA for years
  • Built the home around her piano (favorite instrument)
  • Mix of heirlooms/antiques
  • Built in a tiny home community in Arizona
  • Most cooking/eating done communally

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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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  • Linda Baker
    April 4, 2022, 11:53 am

    actually looks like a studio apartment rather than a home – communal cooking is ok but does she have her own bathroom?

    • James D.
      April 4, 2022, 2:13 pm

      Everything communal…

      • Linda Baker
        April 4, 2022, 11:54 pm

        I’m afraid I would have to have my own composting toilet, no getting up in the middle of the night or being sick and having to run outside to a communal bathroom!

        • Harmony Kieding
          April 5, 2022, 4:55 am

          I feel exactly the same way, Linda! Having to run outside to a communal bathroom is unacceptable. I like other aspects of her home, but she has different priorities (and that’s OK, of course). But gimme a bathroom!

  • Shelly J Hostetler
    April 4, 2022, 6:09 pm

    I love playing my piano! Because piano was such a strong connecting point between my mother & I, I didn’t have the heart to play for quite some time after she died. So… to say the least I’ve become rather rusty!

    I’m making a big move in my life, now, and feel I’m getting enough traction that I’ve been wanting to get back to my piano. I’d love to learn the piece that comes in at 2:44 minutes into the video. This would be a great motivational piece to help me get back in the saddle, again. Can anyone help me out with the name of it, please? Thanks for any help!

  • May 3, 2022, 7:34 pm

    Good job and to all the people that think you do not have your own bathroom I am sure it is off your bedroom which is lovely am I correct? I have wanted to drive up to Kingman one day I have not been there for so long if ever. I am sure the place has really grown. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and your beautiful tiny home.

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