Friday, January 27, 2012

Wanted: Home for a House

After delving into some of the local zoning regulations, it appears that "living" is not permitted in recreational vehicles or, possibly, tiny houses.  Sooo...this presents a bit of a predicament.  I would love to stay in the Richmond area for the time being, but to do so I need to find a parking spot somewhat off the beaten path/not in suburban America where everybody's business is their neighbor's.  If you have or know of anybody with such a location available, or have any advice, please let me know!  Water and electric access are not essential (though preferred), and small rent or upkeep are possible...


  1. I've been wondering the same thing, as a fellow RVAer getting ready to embark on building my own fencl this spring. I've heard laws like that are impossible to enforce, as no one can actually 'prove' whether or not youre living somewhere without violating privacy laws/right to privacy. Good luck! If you look around, there are sheds bigger than tiny houses in many backyards, so as long as the fence were tall enough I don't really think too many nosy neighbors would give you trouble!

  2. That's kind of my thought too. Unfortunately, I don't own the property where I'm building, so I would feel bad about putting the owner in an awkward situation. But, if you know of anybody around town with a plot that isn't really visible to the neighbors, give me a shout!

  3. As one who lives in Minnesota, I can tell you that Craigslist has a lot of ads offering 'hunting land.'
    Some are only an acre and some have a cabin with minimal
    amenities but might have septic and well or electric and
    well. Often, the cabin is under 500 sq ft and could be upgraded with a decent floor plan to be rented out (would really help to pay the tiny house'rs mortgage!!)
    As far as I've seen, the same is available in North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michegan. The land is cheap because it's remote and undeveloped.
    Worth a look! Search words: cheap land, hunting land, cabin.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions! That is something I've been considering. There are a lot of small lots around here for pretty cheap, so I've considered picking one of those up. My only issues are that I don't want to be too tied down (although if the land were cheap, it wouldn't be that big of a deal to move), and I don't want to invest in land and then get evicted (although again, if the price were right, it wouldn't be that big of a deal). I'll definitely do some searching though, because right now that's looking like it may be the best option!