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1950s RV Park Turned to Beautiful Tiny House Village in Florida!


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Adam worked as a stonemason for 20 years and thought there had to be more to life. He purchased a dilapidated 50s RV park in Orlando, Florida, and started fixing it when someone asked if they could park a tiny house there. After talking to the powers-that-be, he was able to get tiny homes approved for legal full-time living, and one turned into 47!

In addition to the long-term rentals, he also manages several short-term rentals on the lakefront area. Everyone in the village can enjoy the communal fire pit, laundry facilities, fishing pier, and even a boat rental. While Adam planned to stay on site for only a couple of months to get things off the ground, he’s now been living in the community for seven years and is loving his life there!

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Orlando Lakefront Tiny House Community Has 47 Tiny Homes

Here are some of the Airbnb rentals right on the lake.

The communal fire pit is a wonderful gathering spot.

How cool is this giant swing?

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Highlights:

  • This is a tiny house community in Orlando, Florida on a lake that’s also a bird sanctuary.
  • It started as a run-down RV park from the 50s that the now-owner, Adam, wanted to bring back to life.
  • One woman asked to bring her tiny house and before he knew it he had 47 tiny homes on the property!
  • Some of the tiny houses right on the lake are Airbnb rentals that he manages for passive income.
  • The lot rent varies between $550-$750, excluding electricity.

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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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  • Donna Rae
    March 23, 2024, 1:19 pm

    Looks like a fabulous place to live. Wish there were some like that in California. It seems odd to me that there would be any kind of legal or regulatory problem parking a tiny home in an RV park. A tiny home is not that much different than a trailer…and is built to a higher standard…and the demand keeps increasing so cities need to welcome Tinies wherever RV’s or trailers are approved. It’s no longer a new trend so regulators need to get on board. I keep suggesting Tiny Communities to my city council but haven’t seen any kind of shift here or in adjacent cities. The wheels of government turn very slowly.

    • James D.
      March 23, 2024, 6:28 pm

      Unfortunately, you’re going to have to offer a more comprehensive and convincing plan than just suggesting tiny homes.

      Things to understand is liability is a big concern for just about everything dealing with the law and government.

      The present system was put in place because the previous lack of regulations allowed people to live in substandard homes and inhumane conditions. So, they can’t just change those regulations for just convenience without first dealing with the liability that it could cause by removing/changing those regulations.

      Mind, most people in charge are not geniuses, engineers, scientists, etc. So, it’s often a big ask to expect them to ignore what they know is the safe/known choice from what they have no idea what will happen choice that could very well blow up in their face.

      There’s also practical concerns, like not all RV parks are designed to handle everything out there. So, there’s restrictions even among other RV’s, like being too old or a different size/type, than what the park was designed to handle. Since, differences can result in things like electrical damages, fires, etc. and tiny homes can have even more differences because they are not restricted to the limits of RV’s.

      Add, NIMBY’ism is still strong, and even if those in charge are agreeable, it’s still hard to get them to just ignore all those who oppose. So it takes a lot of convincing to get past all the hurdles you may or may not see. Since, some can publicly say they are fine with tiny homes but act otherwise.

      So best strategies usually involve making a convincing presentation of all the benefits and address any possible concerns.

      Like, for example, even if you want to build a non-standard home, like a container house, if you have a structural engineer sign off on it, that’s usually all you need to go ahead with it. Albeit, it can still be hard to get financing but once built it would be accepted because the engineer addresses all the liability concerns and once the first is built then financing becomes possible for any additional builds in that area.

      Mind, liability covers many forms as well. Like financially, since one of the main arguments against tiny homes is the idea that it would reduce property value in the whole area.

      It all breaks down to fear, even when it involves greed, etc. but that’s what you basically have to deal with to get it done, even when it seems like the now obvious choice, it can still take a lot to get everyone comfortable and confident enough to make that choice…

  • Tracei
    March 26, 2024, 9:04 pm

    Unfortunately, as most things go, most of the spaces are taken up by Airbnb money makers instead of being kept for those that are choosing this lifestyle out of necessity and the need for a cheaper option to live.

    • James D.
      March 29, 2024, 12:16 am

      Well, it’s not that one sided, many people use their home as an AirBNB in order to either afford it, making the home finance itself, or to use their home to improve their life by providing them a revenue source instead of relying on work as their only income.

      For many people, it’s not enough to just lower costs!

      It’s one of the reason so many homes are being used as an AirBNB. Even for tiny house communities, having such usage often helps those communities be developed and provide more places for people to put their homes that wouldn’t be available otherwise. There’s even communities where they provide people jobs, along with a home, with such resources.

      Something to understand, often to make things more affordable requires something else to provide the revenue and one of the points of the movement is to think outside the box and consider alternative solutions.

      Whether it’s DIY, mass production, community living, AirBNB, financing, etc. there are many ways people can manage their costs to have more control, have more options, and be better able to achieve their goals…

      Ultimately, the economy is a form of ecosystem and requires balance and sustainability. Nothing is perfect but without such things we would have far fewer options and a lot less resources to even have a housing market at all…

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