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Can tiny homes beat Portland’s affordability crisis?

In Portland, Oregon, home prices are increasing faster than wages ... Simply Home is a combination of two alternative housing models: tiny homes and communal living. It comprises three tiny houses on the lot of a single-family house.

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menu more-arrow no yes Tiny Homes Can tiny homes beat Portland’s affordability crisis? One experimental community proves it can work By Diana Budds Mar 29, 2018, 10:00am EDT Share Tweet Share Share Can tiny homes beat Portland’s affordability crisis? tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Part of Tiny Town, USA In Portland, Oregon, home prices are increasing faster than wagesAs buying a traditional house becomes more difficult, residents are looking to alternative solutionsFor some—like the eight people who reside in a tiny home village named Simply Home—that means living in smaller quarters. Simply Home is a combination of two alternative housing models: tiny homes and communal livingIt comprises three tiny houses on the lot of a single-family houseThe residents share the land and some space in the larger house, and also operate like an extended familyEveryone is responsible for upkeep, chores, and preparing meals Simply Home by the numbers Number of Tiny Houses: Three, plus one single-family houseNumber of Residents: TenAverage House Size: 150 square feet (main house is 1,400 square feet)Age Range of Residents: 17 months to 53 years old Cost of Living: About $350/month for the tiny house residents; $700/month for big house residents They’re opting to live like this partly because they like the shared lifestyle, and partly out of necessity. “The price of housing in Portland is insane, and having people around helps pay for everything,” Simply Home founder Tony Diethelm says“That [financial consideration] can’t be ignored; it’s very real.” Portland has a complicated relationship with tiny housesWhile the city embraces alternative housing models—like accessory dwelling units—tiny houses on wheels are technically illegal However, in October 2017, the city decided stop enforcing the law, citing the affordability and homeless crisis, and said it would work on policy changes to the zoning code as a path to full legalizationFor now, the future of tiny homes in Greater Portland is uncertain, as is that of Simply Home. Meet Diethelm, his wife Aline, and daughter Zaza, who have formed a true community with fellow residents Karin Parramore, a 53-year-old educator; Jake Antles, a 27-year-old who works at a nonprofit; and Sara Fry, Antles’s girlfriend: Homes of the Week A handpicked selection of the best homes from around the country, sent on Sundays Enter your email address Subscribe By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy. Tiny Town, USA Detroit’s new starter home Building community in Las Vegas with Airstreams Reno’s big solution to sprawl is small Loading comments... Chorus Terms of Use Privacy Policy Communications Preferences Contact Send Us a Tip Community Guidelines Masthead About Curbed Newsletters All Systems Operational Check out our status page for more details. Vox Media Advertise with us Jobs @ Vox Media

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