You can escape to a tiny home village for less rent than your apartment

A village of minimalist homes has been developed in Tampa Bay, Fla. Founded by ESCAPE CEO Dan George Dobrowolski, design consultant Kelly Davis and Bill Kurshinsky, the community is made up of 10 eco-friendly tiny homes that are private and comfortable and conveniently close to nearby attractions.

Most of the homes can fit two to four people, although some can squeeze in six. Pets are allowed, but given space, you definitely want to have a smaller animal. And don’t mistake these for RV substitutes, each tiny home is built exactly like a house with a strong foundation and all of the units are strapped down.

If you’re worried about hurricanes, ESCAPE already thought of that. According to their site, Tampa Bay is one of the least hurricane-prone areas in Florida.

All units also have their own laundry facilities and are climate controlled. Water, sewer and garbage and recycling are included for free, along with parking too. Homes range from $75,000 to $106,000 and monthly lot rental rates range from $400 to $600.

The least expensive rental until listed on ESCAPE’s site is called the Vista Boho, which includes a walk-around queen bed, gourmet cook-top and oven and a bathtub. The lot rental is $400 per month.

A 2019 report found that the national median rent for one-bedrooms in the U.S. was $1,078.

Tiny homes are definitely not a temporary trend. A survey by The National Association of Home Builders found that more than half of Americans would consider living in a home that’s less than 600 square feet.

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