Is tiny home living right for you? Whether you want to build or buy your tiny home, these are the best cities in the U.S. for tiny houses, thanks to good zoning laws and established small living communities!
- Durango, CO
- Flat Rock, NC
- Fresno, CA
- Portland, OR
- Spur, TX
- Population: 17,817
- Perfect For: Outdoor enthusiasts, vacation homeowners
If you’re looking for one of the best cities for tiny homes, Durango might be the place for you! Colorado has been at the forefront of the tiny home movement from the beginning and continues to be an ideal spot for innovation, especially with the Colorado Tiny Home Festival and variety of tiny home builders setting up shop throughout the state. Located on the Animas River in Durango, the Escalante Village tiny home community offers locals and newcomers a place to buy or rent a custom tiny home that’s near tons of skiing, hiking, and shopping destinations. Whether you’re looking for a full-time lifestyle change or a vacation home that’s just the right size, check out Durango!
Things to Do in Durango
Head to Purgatory Resort during the winter to go skiing and snowmobiling or visit in the summer to ride the Inferno Mountain Coaster and put your legs to work at the Purgatory Bike Park. See the San Juan National Forest from a new perspective by riding the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Go shopping at Durango Mall to peruse stores like Boot Barn, Pier 1 Imports, and Zumiez. Order Saag Paneer, Shrimp Korma, and Lamb Biryani or stop in for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Himalayan Kitchen. Plan a night out at Carver Brewing Company, where you can sip on Raspberry Wheat Ale and sample the Thai Curry Quinoa Bowl. Or treat yourself to artisan ice cream flavors like Almond Fudge Ripple and Orange Blossom Pistachio at Cream Bean Berry.
Flat Rock, NC
- Population: 3,254
- Perfect For: Nature lovers looking for community
Searching for tiny home communities on the East Coast? Look no further than Flat Rock! Thanks to Simple Life—a cottage community developer—tiny home living continues to expand in this North Carolina small town. Residents can take their pick of houses in three different neighborhoods, ranging from one to two bedrooms. In addition to the environmentally-friendly nature of these developments, other incentives include amenities like group fitness, cooking classes, dog parks, swimming pools, and a tight-knit community. Flat Rock is popular with young professionals who commute to Asheville, as well as empty nesters and retirees who don’t want to worry about lawn care or maintenance.
Things to Do in Flat Rock
Enjoy a wooded hike, meet some goats at the farm, or take a tour of the historic house at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Join Kenmure Country Club to get in a round of 18 or grab dinner at the club grill. Visit the Flat Rock Playhouse to attend a Broadway musical or see a comedy show. Head to nearby Hendersonville to shop at stores like Tuesday Morning, Bath & Body Works, and TJ Maxx at Blue Ridge Mall. Start the day at breakfast joint Honey and Salt with a Ranchero Skillet, Loxness Toast, or Fried Egg Pimento Cheese. Order the Pulled Pork Platter, Brisket Stack Sandwich, and cornbread at Flat Rock Wood Room. Or stop by The Brandy Bar to try a Cognac Flight, an Applejack Brandy, or a Cherry Bomb.
- Population: 513,807
- Perfect For: Backyard rental properties, multi-family housing
Thinking about building a tiny home in California? As one of the most expensive states in the U.S., it makes sense that people here are thinking small. Fresno was actually one of the first cities to designate tiny houses on wheels as backyard cottages in an effort to increase the availability of affordable housing. This means that residents can build tiny homes in their backyards to use as rental properties or space for extended family. More lenient zoning laws have led to a plethora of tiny home builders to set up shop in the area. Fresno continues to be an integral part of the California tiny home movement by hosting tiny home expos and speaker series.
Things to Do in Fresno
Travel to Yosemite National Park to see Big Horn Sheep, go hiking, or enjoy a weekend of camping. Spend some time at Sea Lion Cove, see the Winged Wonder Bird Show, and bring kids to Zoo Camp at Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Get tickets to Warnors Theatre to attend a comedy show, see a touring musician, or watch an indie film. Go shopping at stores like Aldo, Lucky Brand, and Pacsun at Fashion Fair. Sample Seafood Ceviche, Fried Snapper Bites, and Shrimp and Clams Pasta at Pismo’s Coastal Grill. Mix it up at The Curry Pizza Company and try unique fusions like Butter Chicken, Paneer Tikka Masala, and Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza. Tour the A. Nonini Winery and do a tasting of robust wines with “Big Fruit” flavors.
- Population: 620,589
- Perfect For: Budget-friendly city living
Tiny home living is incredibly popular in the Pacific Northwest! And with a spunky, growing population that’s invested in sustainability, it’s no wonder that tiny homes in Portland are so prominent. But it’s not just the minimalist-minded residents who make Portland a top city for tiny living! More lenient zoning laws around accessory dwelling units allow residents to build a granny flat or backyard dwelling on their property. If you don’t have the background or time to build your own, there’s no shortage of nearby tiny home builders! Want to test it out first? Book a stay at local tiny house hotel Caravan or schedule a tour to see what it’s like!
Things to Do in Portland
See the beloved Portland Timbers take on their MLS rivals at Providence Park. Visit the Portland Japanese Garden to participate in a tea ceremony, explore over five acres of gardens, or attend a seasonal workshop. Head to the Crystal Ballroom to see national touring acts or bust a move at a dance party. Peruse stores like Loft Outlet, Carhartt, and Banana Republic at Cascade Station. Sip on a mimosa while digging into a three-course prix fixe brunch at Beast. Dine at Hat Yai, where you can order Skirt Steak Skewers, Turmeric Curry, and Braised Chicken Thigh Roti. Sample truly unique sour beers like the Tangerine Dream, Coastal Gose, or Brunch Line at Cascade Brewing. Or indulge in sweet treats like Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, Pear & Bleu Cheese, and Strawberry & Coconut Water Sherbet at Salt & Straw.
- Population: 1,101
- Perfect For: Entrepreneurs looking for affordable housing
When thinking of tiny home communities in Texas, hip places like Austin or Houston probably come to mind. However, Spur in West Texas has actually named itself “America’s first tiny house-friendly town.” This title comes from flexible zoning laws, more than 70 lots designated for tiny homes, and a proclamation for those near and far to move here and bring their miniature dwellings with them. As this small Texas town gets creative as a way to combat its declining population, Spur has also advertised itself as being a great spot for entrepreneurs to start businesses. Not to mention, many residents also commute to nearby Lubbock for more jobs and things to do. If a low cost of living, wide open spaces, and opportunities to redesign your daily life intrigue you, Spur just might be the spot to settle down!
Things to Do in Spur
Go for a swim, play volleyball, practice your golf stroke, enjoy a hike, or attend the annual Spur Fun Day at Swenson Park. Head to Spur-Dickens County Museum to learn about the pioneer and ranching history of the area. Check out a new book or utilize the online resources at Dickens County Spur Public Library. Spend an evening at the historic Palace Theater to see a new release or classic film. Treat yourself to a donut or a kolache with coffee in the morning at Spur Donuts. Grab a Big Nasty burger, curly fries, a chocolate milkshake, or other fast-food favorites at Spur Dixie Dog. Or join the regulars for egg plates, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and more at mom-and-pop diner The Turnaround Cafe.
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