In Reno, the biggest little houses in the world?
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In Reno, the biggest little houses in the world?


– We build tiny homes
because we like doing things that people tell us can’t be done. Welcome to Tiny Ten. – Turning what used to be a parking lot into ten tiny homes
has been truly amazing. My new tiny house, it fits me and the dogs perfectly. – [Narrator] Reno, Nevada. Known as the biggest
little city in the world, is living up to it’s reputation with a new tiny home development that’s big on design but
leaves a small footprint. This is Tiny Ten. A planned community of ten
energy efficient houses. Each one measures around 650 square feet. And has two floors. They’re designed to be compact without sacrificing creature
comforts you’d expect to find in a full sized house. Each comes with a washer
and dryer, air conditioner, a kitchen with slick appliances, a private back yard, and a garage. – We classified these as
kind of like a glove house. It fits just right. It’s not too big, not too little. We feel like our tiny houses are more livable in the long term. – [Narrator] Local developers Pam Haberman and Kelly Rae are behind the project. Both were early adopters of
the tiny living philosophy. – The tiny home phenomenon, we started thinking about it
probably about 20 years ago. – [Narrator] In fact, their last home was a compact 400 square feet, which allowed them to live affordably after the 2007 housing market crash. – [Kelly] We lost pretty
much darn near everything. We moved into a small
comfortable place to call home. – [Narrator] Ever since, they’ve taken on various
tiny home projects. Tiny Ten is, by far, their most ambitious. – This is very modern, very upscale, just in miniature form. I’ve had the vision for 11 years. For people that want to down size, or that want to simplify. – [Narrator] That was the reason for 32 year old Kevin Greenawalt. One of the first residents
to move into Tiny Ten. – I had previously owned
a 1600 square foot home. It was a three bed, two and a half bath, just way too big. So I realized very quickly
that I needed less space and something that was a
lot more manageable for me. – [Narrator] His current
house spans two floors. Has two bedrooms, and a bathroom. – My new tiny house is
about 450 square feet on the first floor. Logan loves the stairs. And then the loft is
another 200 square feet. Kind of a multi purpose room. A spare bedroom, if family
or friends come to stay. And also an office. Drop it. And the downstairs space I want it to be kind of the common area
where I have my entertainment center down here. And there is a really quick
access to the backyard for the dogs. All the houses are kind of
facing this communal area. So it’s very welcoming, very
inviting for the neighbors. – [Narrator] Karen Prudy, who moved two doors down from Kevin, also came here to downsize. And to save money. As a recent retiree
and active grandmother, affordable housing is critical for maintaining her tight budget. Karen bought this house
for about $220,000. That’s nearly half the cost of
an average new home in Reno. Which typically runs $450,000. – It’s just horrendous what
you have to pay per month. At these houses your
mortgage would be cheaper than what they’re paying for for rent. Now, in my 60’s, I
started looking at coming more into downtown Reno. And these were just opening up and that was like have
that’s exactly what I want. – Tiny Ten is perfect
for the person who enjoys proximity to their neighbors. Who loves a downtown or urban environment. Who cares about their footprint. – [Narrator] Locating Tiny Ten
in the heart of downtown Reno was essential to the project’s success. The development is
considered urban infill, which is city planning speak
for recycling unused land. – For every acre that you
develop in an infill setting, four acres of open space are preserved. We don’t like to see the
mountain tops scraped off and sprawl. And what that means is, you know, stay in the urban center,
and leave nature as nature. – [Narrator] While one
development can’t turn an entire city around, the philosophy it
embodies might be able to. And in the meantime, the community’s residents are
feeling an immediate impact. – I love that I’m retired. I get to be at home. But there’s gonna be a lot of young people I think it’s just gonna be awesome. – The fact that I know
my neighbors so well. It’s amazing. This place definitely feels like home.

100 Comments

  • Agent Orange

    They thought instead of 2 or 3 regular houses on that lot for 400k each, let's put 10 tiny ones for 220k each!

  • Joseph Galligar

    Imagine sharing that area with a wannabe musician, a bunch of people with dogs and people who like to party. The noise alone would drive me insane

  • Tam Nguyen

    250k in Louisville you can buy the house whit 5 bed room and gare 3 car………lolz hell no…ridiculous but they go for that tiny wow….?

  • Carmen Nooner

    I've been to Reno four times over two and a half decades now, the last time being almost eight or nine years ago. Reno had steadily gone "downhill " quite visually over the span of time I had visited the city. The final visit saw a dramatic change in the heart of the city, which was of course the gambling center. We were even warned by employees of two different casinos to stay put after sundown and to stay out off alleys at all times because of vagrants and the increasing crime problems in the area. I was pleased to see that an effort is being made to restore Reno to the beautiful little city it was when I first saw it in 1981. It had a quaintness to it that almost drew me there to live. So nice to know that the local government is willing to work with the community to help restore the area.

  • Nice Shot

    "$220, 000 for a tiny house is RIDICULOUS!!!!"……………It's only ridiculous if no one buys them. 😋

  • Horizon

    It’s understandable with all of the appliances and and overall modern finishes that it might add up to 200k for a house but that is still too much for simpler living…

  • S Tho

    I wish the people well with detached downtown apartments, however this smells of a crafty developer's pitch. The building materials are very industrial simplistic, the second floor appears to show exposed chipboard, the exterior design is Spartan, the interiors nor exteriors do not reflect luxury amenities, so I can't see the reason for $220,000 a unit. As an average home there may be 400k (likely a 4000 sq foot luxury home) with land being half that cost, but ten of these sit on one lot, that would be $20,000 per unit for land and $20,000 per unit for the home = $40,000. Add a 25% builders profit and you get $50,000. Reno has lots of $200,000 or less homes on the market.

    I noticed there seems to be a chipboard row of storage units involved and there must be common parking, so a HOA dues or condo board situation must be involved.

    These Tiny House developments seem breeding grounds for predatory developers to build cheaply, evade many codes and sell high to trend chasers.

    However when a buyer or resident starts talking about "the space" instead of referring to it as their home I know it is a realtor/builder scripted conversation like those on super fake HGTV. Especially if the key people interviewed are past home flippers that got burned in 2007 buying more than they could afford and had to start over.

  • lacuevadelvampiro

    u can build that fucken box for less, there are people who can make a house out of shipping containers.

  • A Dad Supreme

    $220k for that size space seems excessive. I wonder what their tax roll is like living in the city on top of that for city services… also, I don't EVER want to live that close to someone with one dog, let alone two.

  • Jason Kilpatrick

    For that price living shoulder to shoulder with other people is not my idea of a home. There is a reason some of us prefer to live away from others. Building small to fit your needs is great, however communities leave a bad taste for me. I will build small and reside in peace in the countryside.

  • Janeen Trujillo

    Thats a great idea but you need to follow DETROIT MICHIGANS , MISSION. HELP THE POOR. NOT FOR 200.000 THATS STILL OITRAGEOUS. DO WHAT THEY DID. THEY STILL HAVE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING NEWCAPPLIANCES, WASHER DRYER, DISPOSAL NEW FRIDGE , NEW STOVE ETC…, YOU GUYS DO BUT ALOT IS DONATED AND DONATED TIME. THEY CHARGE 400.00 A MONTH BUT THEY PAY THERE TAXES, WATER, GARBAGE ETC… AFTER 7 YRS. THEY OWN THE HOME WITH THE DEED. THIS MOVEMENT MUST ENORMOUSLY GROW IN EVERY STATE, ESPECIALLY DUE TO ALL THE BABY BOOMERS WHO DONT HAVE FAMILY OR A HUGE RDTIREMENT TO LEAN ON. IF WE ICKNORE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO FOLLOW MICHIGAN, WE WILL BE HURTING SO MANY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. WE NEED TO START NOW!!!!!! GOD BLESS.

  • Rebekah Seibert

    LOOK TERRIBLE THE HOUSES ARE TOO UGLY AND TOO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER I WONT LIVE THERE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE DESIGNS WRONG AND LOOK TRASH!!!

  • Claudy TheArtist

    These tiny home folks ought to move to Florida and see what $220K will buy them… Plus they'd see what a yard means because here it won't be a bunch of rocks…

  • Un Knowen

    You are Crooks how can you justify the price nothing more than a 3000. dollar out building with perks!
    Shame on you!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Bacon

    $200K?!!! For a house that is no larger than a 1 bedroom apartment?!! A Palm Harbor or Oak Creek mobile home is a much better bargain!!!

  • Brenda Spoon

    Greedy! Greedy! For money.. Tiny home. 2oo hundred thousand and more??? Is terrible…yet beauitful built..

  • Brandy Y.

    Hell I’d live here, I’ve lived in an apt with 2 cats, a dog, 2 adults and a toddler for 3 years so why not? Someone should start buying up property and do this in all cities

  • Monny SILVA

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  • Martha R

    It's greatest selling point is that location in downtown. Locations in downtown are usually very pricey. With a 30 year mortgage and about $6k down payment, your looking at about $1,200 a month. This is not rent so you are establishing equity. In the long run this Reno property will make a sound investment.

  • Mildrid J

    Love the entire concept and the name of the developments not bad either. Oh yeah, they cost way too much. Don't like that though.

  • Rheua Green

    What i dont understand is they approve it for the rich or middle class but not for the homeless which some people that built with their hard earned money to build for the homeless and the city makes them tare it down🤔🙄🤦. Smh.

  • Vivian Evans

    I lived in Reno/Sparks for 2 years. It is way over priced as some owners who rent think about all the companies moving in off 80 going east. Reno is a poor man's Las Vegas. They think too high of themselves.
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  • Charles Hunter

    I used to live out west
    Cost too much to live there. Very expensive. No thank you
    A quarter mill for 650 sq. Ft. No no no mo

  • Harry Browneigh

    Liberal lesbians and ginger homosexuals trying so damn hard to be somebody.
    Make sure to move in and pay for lots of black folks or they'll call you a racist bastard.
    What a conglomeration of dipshits.

  • Chicken wing love affair w.

    I hope these tiny homes expand every where possible. I need one !!! AFFORDABLE / SIMPLE / LIVABLE / SOME ELBOW ROOM TOO W/ A FENCED IN YARD FOR MY CHIHUAHUA BABY
    Affordable housing for many when zoning codes adapt and city officials work for EVERYONE – NOT JUST FOR FAT WALLETS !!!!!

  • banderse77

    These are for smug liberals that think they are saving the environment. These should be built for lower income families. I'm guessing most of the price is based on location. Built them on the outskirts so people can afford.

  • Icetoll 87

    Dear God, thank you for intelligent choice in smart people and please smite the dimwitted ones and some others that are delusional along with people who say "it can't be done".

  • James Chung

    The design of these houses are underwhelming and materials look standard. Nice concept of close proximity to your neighbors but what if they’re loud obnoxious a-holes?

  • alfonso m

    Just watched a video with same sized homes in Detroit for $15,000…$250,000? Wth? You could buy new homes for that price or damn nice used home in certain areas of the South for that….this is highway robbery.

  • Meka Doe

    Less fortunate ppl have been living like this forever. So it's crazy when richer ppl come along and live smaller and call it more efficient, it's a slap in our faces. Most houses in the hood are this size. White ppl try to appropriate everything that was done way b4 them. 🤦🏿‍♀️🤷🏿‍♀️😒😒😒😒

  • Brooke Hemingway

    So basically you're buying for comfort of location, not comfort of smaller living. Almost 300,000 for a tiny house is crazy.

  • Tina Melton

    In my state I can build a 2 bedroom with Loft log cabin house on 2 acres for less than $80,000 are you freaking kidding me.
    220,000.00 WTF.

  • Rosemary Williams

    😣Good Grief! Everytime l have an idea/goal SOMEONE has already done it! It's like l'm a IT/Accounting geek But the internet finds new ways to show me how un original my life goals ARE😣. I'M happy for you'll BUT my green eyes is getting harder to get rid of lately. 😅maybe I'll be the one to create a Tiny Castle community for luxury super awesome fancy people like me who still want the tiny life. # Who says you can't have a Tiny Castle in the 90210😍💃

  • Ruthie May

    Don't mind the close proximity of neighbors but being highly allergic to dogs, I wouldn't be happy feeling like I had dogs in my yard constantly.

  • Karen Conrad

    Excelling Work! Nicely produced video of a good project. It looks like the quality and customization is superior to most new subdivision.

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