Frequently Asked Questions
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Simple Life offers 1 and 2-bedroom small cottage homes from 399sf to 1,050sf. We have several different plans to choose from that can be customized to suit your needs, or you can select from one of our quick move-in homes already built.
Most homes include options for an additional loft, large screened-in porch, covered parking, and detached shed for storage or as an additional craft/artist studio.
Simple Life does not manage any rentals for its communities.
However, we do allow homeowners to rent their homes and we recommend staying in one of these lovely cottages for your next vacation!
Simple Life performs extensive research on cottage manufacturers in the areas surrounding our communities. We select preferred builders that stand behind the quality of their homes. Because we can work closely with these builders on the process, quality, and delivery we are able to build our development, utility and initial landscaping set-up fees into the purchase price.
Simple Life small cottage homes range from $110,000 to the low $180s.
Our small cottage homes come complete with all major appliances*, heat and AC, electric, plumbing, and sewer.
*Some homes do not include a dishwasher or washer and dryer or both; residents instead opt for extra storage space.
Your move-in experience will be completely turnkey. Your personal homesite will have a two-car driveway and landscaping. Your home itself will include gutters, stairs, and landing, porch if selected, landscaping.
Simple Life's flexible land leases provide all the benefits of a carefully and professionally-managed HOA without the risk of costly assessments. The maintenance of all land, common property, landscaping, infrastructure, gates, roads, amenities, and replacement costs for buildings and equipment are all covered.
Simple Life offers fully flexible land leases. Your land lease ends when you sell your home – on your own terms.
Some call it “cost of living”. At Simple Life we prefer “value of lifestyle”. For one affordable monthly fee, you enjoy amenities, services, activities and more. Without the cost and burden of land ownership, you keep more money in your pocket, and more time in your life to enjoy it.
Please click here to learn more about costs associated with Simple Life's All-Inclusive Lifestyle Value Fee and Land Lease.
Absolutely! Simple Life communities are pet-friendly! We welcome your furry friends. Our dog parks are always open for your convenience.
Click to read our pet policy for our North Carolina communities.
Click to read our pet policy for our Florida communities.
Residents are responsible for disposing of pet waste; we have several pet waste stations.
Some homesites allow a fence around a portion of your yard for your dog to enjoy. Keep in mind, if you fence your yard, the fencing must be approved by the architectural review board before implementation to maintain the quality and look of the community for everyone.
Yes! Each Simple Life homesite comes with professionally designed landscaping included in the price.
Beyond that, we welcome you to landscape your homesite as you’d like. We do provide a list of invasive species that are prohibited.
In addition to landscaping, we offer many outdoor living options including large decks, screened and covered porches, fencing, pergolas, and sheds.
Please note that any major additions to homes or grounds must be approved by Simple Life’s architectural review board before implementation, to maintain the quality and look of the community for everyone. This includes deck additions, carports, dog fences, and the planting of bushes and trees.
Most homesites accommodate a private detached shed for storage. Simple Life has also arranged for special rates at local self-storage facilities! Ask us about our special rates and explore off-site storage for:
- Extra belongings that require more time to downsize
- Equipment or recreational toys
Yes, Simple Life can help secure financing for our cottages through third-party lenders. Generally, these lenders require a 20% down payment. We would be happy to share current rates and terms during your appointment.
To save time, Simple Life has a prequalification application that can provide a good indication of whether you will be approved. Click here to explore our prequalification application.
Note, prequalification is not required but is provided as a tool for your convenience.
Buyers may also seek their own financing.
Yes. Simple Life can help secure insurance for your cottage through a third-party insurer.
Yes. Simple Life homes come with a warranty and an optional extended 5-year service agreement to provide peace of mind and keep your home running like new. These protections cover cosmetic repairs within the first 30 days after move-in, the structure of your home, and the appliances included in your home at the time of closing.
Our Simple Life team will be with you every step of the way starting with assistance on your move-in punch list and guidance for registering your warranty protection and extended service agreement.