[Jacksonville Beach, FL – July 26, 2018] The tiny home movement has seen its share of popularity in the southeast. HGTV has filmed dozens of episodes in the region and Florida is host to The Florida Tiny House Festival which received 25 thousand visitors in 2018.
As a seasoned real estate investor, entrepreneur, and longtime Floridian Mike McCann has a long, successful history in community development in the South East. In 2015 he began following the modern tiny house movement closely and soon started conceptualizing an alternative to his traditional lifestyle community offering. He envisioned shrinking the model down, using tiny homes ranging in size from 200 – 700 square feet to provide affordable luxury living for the local Baby Boomer population.
It seems McCann has hit the mark. His flagship tiny house community, The Village at Flat Rock, NC has attracted Floridian Baby Boomers by the dozens. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, the picturesque private village features beautiful craftsman cottages with starting prices under $100,000. Amenities include active adult attractions like a
pool and sports courts, clubhouse, fitness facility, yoga room, multiple dog parks, and common green spaces.
“Our community provides Baby Boomers with a balance of luxury and affordability,” said Mike McCann, who plans to open another cottage community in Western North Carolina later this year and several more in Florida by 2019. “I think aging Floridians specifically are attracted to a mountain lifestyle surrounded by friends and neighbors.”
“We couldn’t take the heat and humidity anymore” said Sherron Arenz, who moved from Florida into a 400 square foot cottage at The Village at Flat Rock, NC with her husband Heinz. “I’m a gardener and we both love the mountains and the trees. Coming here was a natural.”
She says living in a small cottage encourages the use of outdoor space where connections with friends and neighbors can be easily formed. “We’ve met a few couples here” said Arenz “they’re really into a quieter lifestyle.” Arenz also participates in community yoga classes and is part of the social committee.
The smaller cottages require very little homeowner maintenance. Lawn care, common area maintenance, road damage, and amenity upkeep are all taken care of by community staff. Living maintenance free gives The Village residents the time to enjoy life. “We have discovered that this is much more comfortable living,” says Arenz. “We don’t go out shopping looking for things. We’re looking for experiences.”
The Village at Flat Rock, NC continues to welcome new residents from Florida who are excited by a mountain housing choice that provides a low maintenance, quality lifestyle and the security of a friendly, welcoming neighborhood.
“If you are seeking as much land and home as you can get for your dollar, then The Village may not be for you,” said McCann. “But if you want to get away to the mountains and appreciate smaller footprint living and the benefits it brings, I invite you to let us show you what that can look like.”