Tiny House Development Could Be Coming to Wildwood

January 21, 2019

Big news on the tiny home front: The city has tentatively approved plans for a 214-house development north of County Road 466 about a half mile west of U.S. 301 in Oxford.

Single Purpose Simple Life Planned Development is being created by Simple Life Partners of Jacksonville on 69 acres owned by Cala Fighera LLC.

City commissioners approved the measure on first reading Monday.

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5 Great Places in the U.S. to Live in a Tiny House

December 30, 2018

…New to tiny home living and want a “turn-key” approach? Simple Life is a development in North Carolina, made up of a half dozen micro-communities in Flat Rock. Cottages range from 400 to 550 square feet. Monthly expenses like real estate taxes, lawn service, water and sewer fees, tree care, and basic cable are all rolled into a land lease.

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Tiny House Community Could Be Coming to Wildwood

Daily Commercial

January 21, 2019

Living small may not be for everyone, but when Pam McMasters retired in Saint Petersburg, Florida,, from the hectic life of a boutique owner, she decided to scale down and live a quieter, more peaceful lifestyle. She said she has found that in a tiny home village under development in Henderson County.

McMasters said she first purchased a tiny home in The Village of Flat Rock, NC, as a summer retreat but that decision soon changed.

 “I came for three weeks and decided I was not going back [to Florida],” she said.

What sealed the deal for McMasters to make her 400-square-foot tiny home her permanent residence was the community interaction, she said.

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Tiny Homes Selling Big on Orchard Road

Hendersonville Lightning

May 3, 2018

The most notable thing about the tiny homes on Orchard Road is that they’re not as tiny as you might think.

“What you’re seeing on TV is what we call the tiny towable,” says Jacob Lions, director of sales of the Village at Flat Rock, a community of tiny homes on Orchard Road. “That was a different animal than what we’re doing out here, that we call park models. The tiny towable is totally mobile, it can be pulled around with a full-size pickup truck.”
The development has a small section of towables but is doing its real land-office business in the bigger cottage-like dwellings. Built on the Twin Ponds trailer park land, the development is about four years old and has been growing fast since new owners bought it last August. It’s closer to Dana than Flat Rock but thanks to the U.S. Postal Service the property has a Flat Rock address and the cache that goes with it.

Park models are 400 square feet with 13½-foot ceilings, a bedroom on the ground floor and full-size appliances. Built at Blue Ridge Log Cabins and Clayton Homes in Georgia, the homes are brought in on a trailer and set up “just like you would a mobile home,” Lions says. The difference is the tiny homes are built to residential stick-built code. Skirts made of Hardie board hide the trailer and wheels.

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Tiny Home Community Celebrates Success in Flat Rock

News 13 WLOS

May 4, 2018

Just a year ago, Shirley and Merle Braley were living like many Americans — working hard to afford a big house filled with lots of stuff.

But, after an unplanned visit to The Village at Flat Rock last summer, that changed.

“We drove in on an impulse and left with a contract,” Merle said.

Now, the Braleys live in a 399-square-foot home. They sold 90 percent of their “stuff,” and they couldn’t be happier.

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Tiny Dreams In North Carolina

HGTV Tiny House Hunters

May 11, 2018

An avid antique collector is going tiny to live a simpler life in North Carolina, and her daughter is tagging along to be a sounding board as they hunt for something near Asheville. She’s looking for a home with a view that has plenty of space for her large antique collection, but it may be difficult finding a tiny home without having to give away a prized possession.

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Forest Friday with Joel Osgood & Coles Whalen

Dogwood Alliance

May 25, 2018

For over 20 years, Dogwood Alliance has worked with diverse communities, partner organizations and decision-makers to protect Southern forests across 14 states, through community and grassroots organizing, holding corporations and governments accountable and working to conserve millions of acres of Southern forests.

This episode of Forest Friday focuses on the sustainable forestry and landscaping work being done at Simple Life. Interview with Joel Osgood and Coles Whalen.

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Baby Boomers Meet Tiny House Boom

Tiny House Magazine

July 2018

Tiny House Magazine is the world’s only ePublication dedicated to micro, tiny, small, and otherwise, non-traditional, homes. Founded and currently published by Kent Griswold (best known as the editor of Tiny House Blog), the monthly publication is a virtual who’s who and what’s what of the tiny house world.

This article explores the current tiny house and cottage community trend being fueled by perhaps the least likely market segment; baby boomers.

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Lifestyle Bloggers Leave Florida’s Beaches for Tiny Home Living at Simple Life in North Carolina

September 2018

As we set out for Flat Rock, North Carolina to stay in a tiny home at Simple Life we didn’t really know what to expect…so we packed light. After a six-hour drive from Jacksonville, Florida as we made our way down the winding road into the community, we caught our first glimpse of a real tiny home. Prior to this, tiny homes were just something we had seen on HGTV’s hit shows. Never the minimalists yet always the adventurists, Anastasia and I were looking forward to a unique experience.

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