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Renting a Tiny Home Instead of Buying

Jaqueline was just about to purchase a home in Austin when 2020 hit and the market started going a bit wild. She decided instead of buying, she would rent, but she wanted something that was more of her own — and didn’t want to share walls anymore.

She ended up getting an Instagram ad for Casata Tiny House Community and looked into it. It gave her the chance to try out tiny house living with a longer-term commitment before she decides if she wants to purchase her own! What do you think?

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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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  • Eileen Kaye
    December 14, 2022, 7:03 am

    Very very nice, wish something like this was available in Woodstock, Ga

  • Husabergchamp
    December 14, 2022, 11:01 am

    I have always loved Park Models. Still small but comfortably wider, allowing easier movement and space for entertaining guests. Plus storage up above as well as sleeping space for kids or visitors. A friend had one and it truly felt like a real home versus a narrow tiny home. BUT to each their own, tiny homes will still do nice for many.

  • jerry dycus
    December 14, 2022, 12:57 pm

    Always good to rent first if not sure. Though for 1 person, hard to call this tiny, more the size of a lot of 1 bedroom apartments.
    If you can live in a motel room and most people can, you can live in a TH. Especially well done.
    My 10’x16′ has everything I need and still 6′ more wall space to use. Add another 8′ per extra person.
    One should note 6 months of rent, you can build a nice 200sq’ TH if you do a lot of the finish work. I built my 10-16′ in 2 days with 1.5 people and $3k in material. I’m 80% handicapped so .5 is generous.
    Watch a lot of videos, help at habitat for humanity, others doing a TH or build a shed as practice.

  • December 14, 2022, 5:39 pm

    What a cute house! Sounds like a great community as well.

  • vee
    December 14, 2022, 6:51 pm

    Looks like a great idea here. If she decides to permantely move to a tiny — she will have plenty of experience and will surely know what she needs!!

  • Diana
    December 14, 2022, 9:30 pm

    Nice place, would be good to know how much rent she is paying. Austin is ridiculously expensive. I lived there from 2010 to 2013 and when I moved there I purchased a very upscale manufactured home and paid $450 month starting the first year to rent a small piece of land it was on. The prices kept going up and I decided to sell and move for several reasons. Californians ruined the beautiful capitol of Texas. It used to be such an amazing place before everyone crowded in with the gentrification! No doubt this place rents for a hefty amount. Oh and the EMFs in Austin are super bad…

    • James D.
      December 15, 2022, 1:45 am

      Yes, according to the brokerage firm Redfin, the median sale price for a home in Austin reached $645,000 in March. According to the listings site Zumper, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Austin is $1,550. While the median rent for a studio is $1,290.

      At Camden Shadow Brook, an upscale apartment community about 2 miles from Casata Austin, rent for a 659-square-foot one-bedroom unit starts at $1,459.

      Monthly rents at Casata range from $1,400 for the smallest unit to $1,865 for the largest. Though, unlike apartments, there’s no sharing of walls, which provides more privacy, and more outdoor space. While rentals range from nightly rates to discounted monthly rates.

      Casata partnered with Champion Homes, which provides the units, built near Dallas and can be constructed typically within a week. While future, planned, Casata communities could feature floor plans designed by Casata and use modular construction, meaning they’d still be built in factories but would sit on a foundation, like a traditional home, and meet the same building codes required of homes built on-site.

      Amenities include a warehouse that space can be rented for additional storage and they’re continuing to expand and grow…

  • Bonny
    January 2, 2023, 9:00 am

    Nice home. Sweet dog.
    Where’s you get those great side tables that attach to the couch?

    • James D.
      January 2, 2023, 2:03 pm

      Not that hard to find online… Just do a search for, clip on sofa tray table, and you’ll see this and a variety of other similar products.

  • Pat Quackenbush
    January 9, 2023, 11:47 pm

    How much is the rent?

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