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The Tiny Homes movement has popped up in Palm Springs The first 10 tiny homes are available for sale in Palm Springs, Calif., at... California Tiny Homes

The Tiny Homes movement has popped up in Palm Springs

The first 10 tiny homes are available for sale in Palm Springs, Calif., at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club, 1880 S. Palm Canyon Drive, with option between 600 and 800 square feet starting at $126,000.

The median home price for a single-family home in Palm Springs is more than $500,000.

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One of the tiny homes at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, Calif.

A hundred new tiny homes are scheduled to fill the vintage mobile home park in this popular resort community, a first of its kind in Southern California.

“Palm Springs has a vast collection of architectural and modern homes,” said Paul Kaplan, who heads the agency marketing the homes and community. ” We wanted to do something modern that would fit with the existing homes of the 1960s and 1970s that are in the park.”

About the Tiny Homes

The pre-fab style tiny homes are delivered whole to the homesite after being factory-built with the interiors complete. Outdoor decks and porches will be added once the home is situated. Walkways, driveways, carports, fenced yards and landscaping complete the package.

Designed to avoid being too tiny, the homes are all single level structures. There are no ladders or sleeping lofts, features commonly found in tiny homes. The one-bedroom home includes up to 550 square feet of outdoor deck space. Inside is 600-square feet with glass walls for plenty of natural light. Additionally, the home offers nine-foot ceilings, sliding glass doors, full-size kitchen appliances and a bathroom. The 2-bedroom has about 250 square feet of deck space.

Marketing to Seniors, First-Time Buyers

Kaplan anticipates the community being popular with winter visitors, retirees looking to downsize and some first home buyers. The community has had about 100 people come through each recent Saturday.

Designers deliberately kept the homes slim as a strategy to maximize outdoor space. The tiny homes are placed on a traditional “double wide” mobile home pad. Each lot provides room for a garden, grill and a dog run. These and other lifestyle amenities are rarely found at area condo developments, Kaplan said.

The homeowner rents the lot space for $650 per month, about $100 more than the average condo association fee in the area.

Community amenities include paved drives, driveways, walkways and landscaping, clubhouse, pool, grill areas, dog park, gym and common areas.

An added bonus of tiny home living: if you want some new scenery, you can put the wheels back on your home, and tow it to a new locale.

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