This is a 652-sq.-ft. cottage in Tiny Ten, a tiny house community development in downtown Reno, Nevada that consists of just ten beautifully designed small homes with detached garages. And one of the units is currently available. It’s the City Trailblazer model.
It’s a two-bedroom, one-bath cottage and it’s listed for $285,000 via Barrie Lynn of Ferrari-Lund Real Estate. You can check it out via Realtor.com. It’s not the most affordable small home we’ve ever seen, but it’s still a good example of what can be done. What do you think?
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Live efficiently in a stylish urban home designed by HabeRae. Walk to Downtown, Midtown, Renown and Wells Avenue. 1 mile to I-80 and UNR. This is The City Trailblazer model in Tiny Ten as featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. This home features high ceilings, an open floorplan, ample natural light and a garage! Heating and cooling are provided by a set of energy efficient silent ductless mini splits. The front door opens into a beautiful courtyard with benches and a sculpture, all maintained by the HOA.
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YOU CAN NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS COMMUNITY!!! ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS A POOL WITH SOME BARBQUE AREAS. I AM GLAD TO SEE THAT THESE HOMES ARE PAINTED IN A VARIETY OF COLOURS. NICE GARAGE WITH PLENTY OF STORAGE!!! I DO THINK THAT THE PRICE IS A LITTLE TOO HIGH.
Sure, I know, “location, location, location.” But at almost $440/SF in a city where the median is approx. 170/SF…well, yeah, NO
Depends which part of town you’re comparing, according to Zilllow, Southwest area has a median of $529,537… vs $196,200 for Northeast… While the main part of Downtown is $265,481…
Besides, Sq Ft should never be used for comparison unless you know exactly what you’re getting for every sq ft…
For example, does the median have pairs of mini-splits that can get the home to the desired temperature within minutes vs a single system that may take over an hour? (Remember this is in Nevada where the temperature can go as high as 137 F) Is that Sq Ft mostly empty space or actually filled with features that directly benefit the owner on a daily basis? Are the costs for new construction or older and maybe depreciated houses that needs repairs and renovations before they can sell for full market value? Is this the only example of new construction in the area?…
Cost per sq ft is just an average that doesn’t give you any details or actually tell you the real worth of the property. Same cost per sq ft can be for one house that’s well built and another that’s not well built. Cost per sq ft also doesn’t scale linearly and smaller structures with less empty/extra space will naturally have higher averages.
Looking up the median pricing is a good starting point but it shouldn’t be the last thing you should look at…
That said, this location is run by an HOA and that often ties into the interest of the local economy… Like they give a fairly comprehensive list of what’s nearby on their site… So may be targeting people more interested in an investment type deal but just having an HOA may be enough to keep some people away from this option…
Very valid points James and I don’t necessarily dispute them. But, I still wouldn’t pay nearly $300K for 650 sf of home. Just call me realistically picky 🙂
Its a pretty good setup. I like the home inside just fine. Its the neighbor in my sliding door I would worry about.
Just coz I want to run around as I please inside my home. I need a couple of real plants outside too. Not much
room for that. I guess I could grow them in front of my sliding door. Price wise , too much, but still nice.
Huh………for that price I can buy a large home with a yard. Sorry but is the tiny house industry turning into a cash cow now for there are so many people that can not afford those prices for any home let alone $285,000 for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath house. Regardless of what is in it or how it is made or the location that seems so out of control in pricing…..
No, that’s just the housing industry and how it works. Anything that deals with real estate is effected by factors like location, local economy, etc.
One of the reasons so many put tiny houses on wheels is not only because of getting around restrictions or wanting to be mobile but because that also helps avoid much of these costs and helps separate them from the factors that effect the costs of real estate. But anything on foundation is when those costs can’t be avoided.
So has to deal with cost of building permits, impact fees, inspections, and other costs that in some areas can go well into tens of thousands before anything is even built. This is why in places like California a ADU can be normally over $200K or a bedroom addition to an existing house can be over $60K…
New construction is also generally going to cost more than older/existing structures, among other differences to consider…
But the costs are also tied to benefits, effects on the local economy, supply & demand, access to resources, access to jobs, what view you get, what climate zone you will be in and what weather conditions will be the norm, etc. which is why it’s not something that’s going to be easily avoided or fixed anytime soon and is part of the complexity that has to be dealt with for true affordable housing to be developed…
Like I keep telling people, everything has trade offs… The mistake most make is thinking there’s none and that choices are always simple but we live in a complicated world…
Nice house and set up, but very disappointed in the price. One of the draws to tiny living is not having to work like a dog to pay a mortgage.
Generally, not that simple, for example, some people care more about long term costs as those can add up to multiple times what the purchase cost of the home was and can have a far greater impact on their lives. Along with those costs complicating and making it harder to pay off debt/mortgage that otherwise.
The average home owner is paying over $9000 on their home annually, in addition to other cost of living… Vs a significant reduction in long term costs that can allow people to pay off their debt/mortgage at an accelerated rate to be debt free in jut 5-10 years or even less…
Mind, the ultimate point is the effect these choices will have on someone’s life and whether or not they can actually get the life they want out of it. But there are always trade offs and the pros and cons of all choices have to be weighed and considered…
While another thing to understand is not everything small was created for the tiny house movement, even if they’re marketed as such. Small homes, cottages especially, are not new and anything on a foundation is going to be part of the same housing system as all other houses, effecting their costs, etc… Like a 450 sq ft cottage in Seattle, WA can sell for over $450,000 vs similar structure in another part of the country where it could be for less than $50,000 and still include land… When it comes to real estate there’s a lot more than just what size it is that will effect costs…
So there’s more than just being small that should be considered and never just assumed… Tiny living is just part of the puzzle, it will help reduce costs but not always enough by itself for everyone or equally in all situations, and thus there’s more people need to be aware of if they really want to be sure of solving that puzzle for themselves… The solution just also won’t always be the same for everyone…
The price is a little high, but all and all, long term costs will be less; heating/cooling/minimal needs due to space. Also, location is going to affect price. More and more of these communities are popping up all over the US. There’s definitely a market in all age groups. Less is More….