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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Thank you for your interest in our tiny house communities. Our Sales Associates are always available to answer your questions and we encourage you to call us for specific details about your home or your requirements at (828) 707 – 0969. To preview of some of our most frequently asked questions with general answers, please see below.
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Where is your community located?

The Village at Flat Rock, NC is located at 24 Empire Lane Flat Rock, NC 28731

There are several phases of The Village in development including The Grove, The Highlands, The Hamlet, and Creekside. All can be accessed on a map using the same address.

Upon purchasing a home, you will have a unique address that uses the name of the street for your homesite.

How do I travel to The Village at Flat Rock, NC?

The Village at Flat Rock is just 1 mile off Route 26 about 15 minutes from the convenient Asheville airport and about 45 minutes from Greenville Spartanburg Airport.

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

The Village at Flat Rock, NC is 13 miles SE

Driving directions from AVL
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Exit the airport and turn left onto NC-280. Merge onto Interstate 26 East/US-71 East toward Hendersonville. Travel 12.29 miles to exit 53 for Upward Road in Flat Rock. Turn left onto Upward Road. Travel less than a mile and turn left on Orchard Rd. The Village at Flat Rock, NC appears on your left.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)

The Village at Flat Rock, NC is 52.4 miles NW

Driving directions from GSP:

Follow Aviation Parkway to Interstate 85 North. Merge onto Interstate 85 North and travel 12.2 miles. Keep left at the fork to stay on Interstate 85 North. Travel 1.4 miles. Use the right two lanes to take exit 70 and merge onto Interstate 26 West toward Asheville. Travel 36.1 miles to exit 53 for Upward Road in Flat Rock. Turn right onto Upward Road. Travel less than a mile and turn left on Orchard Rd. The Village at Flat Rock, NC appears on your left.

How do I set up a visit?

We always welcome visitors to The Village at Flat Rock, NC. Appointments are strongly encouraged so that we may show you the attention you deserve. To confirm your visit please call 828.707.0969.

What are the Sales Center hours and location?

Our Sales Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. To find our Sales Center enter The Village at Flat Rock, NC through the main gate, turn right, and follow the signs for the Sales Center. You will see the building, with guest parking, straight ahead. Please do not disturb private residences or park in private driveways!

How much does a tiny home cost?

Our homes range in price from $99,500 to the mid $160s.

What is included in the price of the home?

Our tiny homes come complete with all appliances, heat and AC, electric, plumbing, and septic. Also included in the cost of the home is a developed land site for your new residence with a driveway, base level landscaping, stairs and landing, and painted cement board skirting. We will connect your home to a tested and working septic system, running water, electricity, cable, heating, and air conditioning.

I noticed an increase in the prices of tiny homes. Why?

The cost to purchase a tiny home has increased due to two factors:

  1. Quality of build
  2. Compliance with nationally recognized housing codes

Most tiny homes are being built to a much higher standard of craftsmanship today than they were 5 or even 2 years ago. That means these small homes are suitable for year-round living, easier to finance and insure, and will hold their value over the years.

Additionally, all of the tiny homes in Simple Life’s communities adhere to nationally recognized building codes which provide standards for safety, livability, and legal occupancy.

Both of these developments are fairly new to tiny home manufacturing. They do cause an increase in the cost of purchase, but they provide incredible benefits. They will help create a more sustainable future for the tiny house movement as a whole by making tiny home living safer and more viable for current and new residents.

Why do you only allow homes built by certain manufactures?

Simple Life has performed extensive research on Park Model manufacturers in the areas surrounding our communities. We have selected preferred builders that stand behind the quality of their homes and the guarantee of their warranties. Because we can work closely with these builders on the process, quality, and delivery we are able to build our development and set up fees into the cost of homes built by these approved manufacturers.

If you strongly prefer another manufacturer over our preferred manufacturers, please call one of our Sales Associates to confirm a meeting so we can discuss possibilities at (828) 707 – 0969.

What is a land lease?

A land lease is a monthly fee paid to Simple Life for use of the land that your home occupies, your utilities, and the community amenities that all our residents enjoy.

What is included in a land lease?

Your land lease includes water, sewer, trash and recycling pick-up, basic cable, lawn service, and road maintenance. It also includes upkeep of community amenities including pool, yoga room, fitness room, bocce ball court, pickleball court, two dog parks, walking trails, apple orchard, community garden, and more.

There are no additional HOA fees.

How much is the land lease?

Our land leases start at $550 – 600 based on signing a one-year lease.

Why do I pay a land lease?

We understand that some tiny home dwellers purchase private land for their homes and therefore do not pay a land lease fee. However, tiny home dwellers that want to live in a community will find real value in what Simple Life provides in return for our land lease fee.

Your tiny home experience will be completely turnkey. We provide a developed land site for your new residence with paved, roads, a private entrance, a driveway, and painted cement board skirting. We will connect your home to tested and working municipal sewer, running water, electricity, cable, heating, and air conditioning.

Once moved in, the community covers the costs of real estate taxes, water and sewer, cable tv, road maintenance, snow removal, common area maintenance, and trash removal and recycling.

Lastly, we construct and maintain active lifestyle amenities that are free to use by all our residents. These include a pool with a pavilion and fireplace, a newly remodeled clubhouse, a gym and yoga room, a pickleball court, a bocce ball court, a big screen TV for special events, and so much more.

We hope this helps shed some light on why we charge a land lease and what has been provided in exchange.

Can I landscape my tiny homesite?

Yes. Each Simple Life home comes with Simple Life’s Outdoor 1 Landscaping Package included in the price. We also offer a few options for upgraded landscaping. Beyond that, we welcome you to landscape your homesite as you’d like. Please note that any major additions to homes or grounds must be approved by Simple Life’s architectural review board before implementation. This includes deck additions, carports, dog fences, and the planting of bushes and trees. We invite you to contact our Sales Office for more information on specific landscaping at (828) 707 – 0969.

Do you offer financing?

Yes! Simple Life can help secure financing for our tiny homes through third-party lender 21st Mortgage. Buyers may also seek their own financing through another bank, an IRA account, a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), or elsewhere.

Do you offer insurance?

Yes! Simple Life can help secure insurance for your tiny home through our third-party insurer.

Can I bring my dog(s) or cat(s)?

Yes! Simple Life is a pet-friendly community! We welcome your furry friends. We have two dog parks for your convenience. Residents are responsible for disposing of pet waste, we have several pet waste stations around the community.

We currently have only one resident with a dog fence. The community has two large dog parks so most residents choose not to fence their yards. If you would like to fence your yard, the fencing must be approved by Simple Life’s architectural review board before implementation. It is also important to note that residents who fence their yards will not receive mowing or weed eating services.

Thank you for reading our FAQ page. We are passionate about understanding, to the best of our ability, the desires of our current and future residents so that we may help them live the lifestyle they’ve imagined.

We continually adapt our policies, procedures, and products to accommodate the unfolding progression of this new housing alternative.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Please give us a call at (828) 707 – 0969 or email us at info@simple-life.com and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.