Home of the Week
April 26, 2018
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.
Tiny Homes Selling Big on Orchard Road
May 3, 2018
“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.
Tiny Home Community Celebrates Success in Flat Rock
News 13 WLOS
May 4, 2018
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.
Tiny Dreams In North Carolina
HGTV Tiny House Hunters
May 11, 2018
Forest Friday with Joel Osgood & Coles Whalen
May 25, 2018
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.
Baby Boomers Meet Tiny House Boom
Tiny House Magazine
This article explores the current tiny house and cottage community trend being fueled by perhaps the least likely market segment; baby boomers.
Simple Life Sponsor Of North Carolina Apple Festival
Tiny House Magazine
Lifestyle Bloggers Leave Florida’s Beaches for Tiny Home Living at Simple Life in North Carolina
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.