Tiny Homes Rescue : Texas Community

Tiny Homes Rescue : Texas Community

For Dog Rescuers And Dogs !

Written by Janet Thome

Do you dream of being part of a tiny home community and also rescue cats and  dogs? A Texas rescue non profit 501( c) 3  has created an innovative  way to bring two of my passions together, dogs and tiny homes! They have 6 tiny home lots reserved for rescuers/fosters that buy a Legacy Tiny Home from the rescue, the profit from the homes goes back into expenses for the rescue.  The rescue is in a rural area near Dallas/Fort Worth.

Each lot will include:

* 30×70 Tiny home lot that may be fenced in for privacy.
* 3 Kennel yards for rescue animals.
* Use of large fenced in dog walking area.
* Ability to pull animals under our 501(c)3.
* Coverage under our Shelter Insurance Policy (includes adoption events).
* Assistance from Community Service and other volunteers at the rescue.
* Use of our websites for listing adoptable animals.
* Access to our many resources, such as crates for adoption events etc.
* Food and other animal related items donated to the rescue.

Residents must commit to daily care for animals that they pull from shelters. Residents own their tiny home that they buy from Tiny Home Rescue and only pay utilities. At this time, there will no be lot rent. Financing is available. The homes will be on wheels. A lease will be required and the owner of the home can leave-even as it is being financed after the lease is up, though the rescue is hoping for long term tenants.

The Purpose Of An Animal Rescue: A Statement From Tiny Homes Rescue

Over a million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the United States. This takes place in city shelters that are run by city funds obtained by taxes.

Many people do not understand the difference between City Shelters and Animal Rescues.

City shelters take in surrendered companion animals as well as lost and found cats and dogs. Depending on the size of the city and the funds available, some city shelters have animal control officers. These animal control officers are employees of the city. They can issue citations for cruelty to animals and other illegal actions under their jurisdiction.

Due to the large numbers of companion animals that are euthanized by city shelters, the need for rescues has emerged.

Rescues are non profit organizations that are allowed to pull animals from city shelter euthanasia lists. Rescues are not tax payer funded. They do not receive any funds from city taxes, nor do they have any legal jurisdiction. Their purpose and efforts are performed by volunteers and funded by donations.

Rescues pull animals from euthanasia lists, get them vetted (spayed, neutered, vaccinated) at their expense, and put them up for adoption. They charge an adoption fee for their efforts. Sometimes this adoption fee covers the Rescue’s expenses, but other times it does not. Animals are often adopted out at a financial loss to the Animal Rescues. This is done in an effort to save lives. Rescues save lives, and when you adopt you are saving lives.

Rescues can be a one person operation or a much larger organized structure. We are hoping our Rescue will evolve into a tiny homes rescue community.

Undisclosed Location

At this time, for the protection of the animals, the owner and to follow the guidelines of the rescue, the location will only be revealed after going through steps with the owner for those serious about this opportunity.  This decision was made because of unfortunate events in the past. People have left dogs at the gate in the middle of the night, including rescued dogs taken without permission from  bad situations, that the rescue cannot legally be responsible for. The owner and the volunteers work and have busy lives and although, they would love to help every animal in need, they are only focused on saving these beautiful dogs on the euthanasia list. Thank you for your understanding.

For More Details Please Email tinyhomesrescue@yahoo.com

Simple Life Tiny Home Communities

Simple Life Tiny Home Communities

Live Large -Carry Less In Flat Rock, North Carolina

Written by Janet Thome

Simple Life Tiny Home Communities- located in Flat Rock, North Carolina was founded by The Resource Group, land developers and experts in construction and building socially-designed pocket communities for over 20 years. At Simple Life community, you own your home, and avoid the cost and burden of land ownership, with flexible lifestyle and home site lease packages designed to give you the freedom to live more of life. Unlike restrictive land leases, Simple Life offers fully flexible land leases so you can stay for a year, or for decades. Your land lease ends when you sell your home – on your own terms.

Simple Life  provide lifestyle community amenities and a collection of 1 and 2-bedroom small cottages for sale that can be customized to meet individual needs, and maintain and operate their communities to the highest standards. There are 12 different plans to choose from.

Generous Home Sites: Premier Builders

Simple Life

The home sites are 2500 square feet and are beautifully maintained and landscaped. Simple Life performs extensive research on cottage manufacturers in the areas surrounding our communities. They  select preferred builders that stand behind the quality of their homes. Simple Life works closely with these builders on the process, quality, and delivery to build the development. Utility and initial landscaping set-up fees are included in the purchase price. Stone Canyon Cabins and Clayton Homes are two of the preferred builders.

Simple Life Lot Lease

Simple Life

Simple Life’s flexible land leases provide all the benefits of a carefully and professionally-managed HOA without the risk of costly assessments. The maintenance of all land, common property, landscaping, infrastructure, gates, roads, amenities, and replacement costs for buildings and equipment are all covered.

  • One-lane, one-way roads
    – A walkable community promotes a healthy lifestyle, facilitates interaction with neighbors and nature, and maintains a quaint cottage community feel
  • Community water, sewer, and basic cable
    – No more surprise bills. Enjoy peace of mind with one monthly bill for almost all utilities
  • Community managed maintenance and infrastructure
    – Upgrades and upkeep are handled internally, fixes happen quickly
  • Downlighting
    – Allows views of the beautiful night sky and firefly shows, and saves on energy
  • No real estate taxes
    – Simple Life pays real estate taxes, you do not
  • Private and gated entrance
    – Added security and peace of mind

Luxury Amenities

Simple Life

  • Clubhouse
  • Classic and Rustic Pools
  • Yoga Studio
  • Fitness Spaces
  • Sports Court
  • Dog Park
  • Community Gardens
  • Sport Courts
  • Green Spaces
  • Water Features

Extra Benefits Of The Simple Life Communities

  • Financing Available
  • Pet Friendly
  • Homes Can Be Custom Built To Access Wheelchairs Including A Motorized  Lift
  • 5 Year Service Agreement
  • You Can Live In Your Home All Year Around
  • Community Events Including Cooking Classes And Tai Chi


New Florida Development Coming To Oxford, Florida

Simple Life

Lakeshore at Oxford, FL is in the early stages of development and details are still being finalized. However, they  have many exciting features to share with you at this time about this small cottage home community where neighbors own more than a home. You own a lifestyle.

  • Lakeshore will provide approximately 220 cottages in a well-manicured and amenity-filled development north of County Road 466 about a half-mile west of US 301.
  • The community will feature 1 and 2-bedroom small cottage homes that can be customized for how you live.
  • Interiors will include options for full-sized kitchen appliances, stack able or side by side washer and dryers, one and two bedrooms, flex space, and in some models, an additional 160 square-foot loft.
  • Cottages will range in size from about 399 sq. ft. – 800 sq. ft.
  • 1-bedroom homes are anticipated to start in the low $100s; 2-bedroom homes are anticipated to start in the low $130s
  • The best life is lived among the company and friendship of others. Simple Life creates communities with quality amenities that encourage people to connect and share life beyond the walls of their own homes. Proposed amenities for Lakeshore include a pool, lakeside pavilion, yoga room, fitness room, dog park, and community-owned boats for fishing and recreation on Lake Andrews. Lakeshore residents will enjoy exclusive access to these amenities.

Simple Life helps to simplify life by combining most monthly expenses into one monthly Lifestyle Fee plus Homesite Lease, which includes all the things you need to live in your own home, plus access to Simple Life’s community amenities and activities. Fees will vary slightly between North Carolina and Florida communities.

As a member of our interest list, you will receive exciting updates and developments as well as an invitation to Lakeshore’s VIP presale event, tentatively scheduled for early 2020.

Sign Up For The Lakeshore Early Interest List

Contact Simple Life Communities

Groundbreaking Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Opens

Groundbreaking Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Opens

An urban tiny house pocket neighborhood is a dream come true for many in the movement. Not everyone can be a digital nomad. That’s why proximity to jobs is still necessary for many tiny home dwellers. Most existing tiny house communities are rural or located in hybrid RV parks, not everyone’s cup of tea.

When I first met Terry Lantrip, he was standing in a grassy, empty lot describing his vision for a one-of-a-kind community. He just emerged victorious from the approval of the zoning ordinance for his tiny house development in Lake Dallas, Texas, inside the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. We met up as part of our documentation process for our documentary series, Living Tiny Legally, Part 3.


Now two years later, Terry is welcoming in the first several tiny homes into the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village (LDTHV)—features a total of 13 landscaped lots, shared open space with firepit, a community garden, and a laundromat. Interestingly, American Tiny House, THIA Board Member Andrew Pleban’s company, built a few of the first homes.

What makes this community development genuinely groundbreaking is that it is considered residential and intended only for moveable tiny houses, aka tiny houses on wheels— the first of its kind in the nation. It is not an old RV park, but a brand-new planned unit development within an existing neighborhood. Importantly, it is the first tiny house community to utilize the trailblazing Appendix Q—adopted for this specific use and amended to allow for moveable tiny houses. 


All tiny houses in the community must comply with this building standard, be tied down, and utilize fire-resistant skirting. Ever since the initial approval, the big question has been, “what will the inspection and permitting process entail?” 


The city of Lake Dallas has agreed to issue permits for tiny houses that pass inspections from a Texas third-party inspector, or those with a NOAH certification. Further, any RVIA certified movable tiny house will be required to go through the third-party inspection process to ensure it meets the Appendix Q, or reasonably meets the intent of the code. 


In the event a tiny home fails inspection, the owner could go through a variance process with the city’s board of adjustments. It’s a two-month process with a fee of $500 per variance.


To date, two tiny houses with LDTHV lot reservations are undergoing third-party inspections by His and Hers Inspection Services LLC. Both homes need to make minor modifications to comply with the code; they are expected to pass once these are made. Of note, inspection costs start at $350.


Additionally, the city of Lake Dallas requires city inspections for water and sewer connections ($75), and electrical connection ($75). This requirement could change in the future.


LDTHV offers a desirable opportunity for those looking for an urban living experience, with the benefits of a small town. The village itself will be within walking distance to the quaint Lake Dallas downtown, two parks, a tennis court, and the library. It’s also only a short bike ride to lovely Lewisville Lake and marina.


Of the 13 total lots, two are still available. Contact Terry Lantrip to learn more and make a reservation.

Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Backstory


Terry Lantrip is a longtime, small real estate developer and investor with a deep love for Lake Dallas. He has worked for several years to revitalize the town through renovation projects and innovative residential developments. Back in 2016, he brought the idea of a tiny house village to the elected officials in Lake Dallas. His personal interest came to life when Lantrip attended Earth Day Texas, in Dallas, featuring tiny home display. 

At that time, he was looking for ideas for a one-acre site in the Lake Dallas Downtown District that also had a 1910 farmhouse on it. The property was the last acre of a large farm. The granddaughter of the original owner and farmer asked Lantrip to purchase the property when she was too old to maintain it, knowing that he would not tear down the house nor the large pecan trees on the property.


In late 2016, four of five Lake Dallas City Council members suggested Lantrip develop a complete plan and present it at a future council meeting for consideration. With the help of many in the DFW Tiny House Enthusiasts Meetup, led by Jet Regan and BA Norrgard, along with Civil Point Engineers, a complete plan was presented at numerous city meetings and public hearings. On October 27, 2017, the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village was approved by a 4-1 vote by the Lake Dallas City Council.


After approval, Lantrip and the team of volunteers from the tiny home community toiled on engineering and financing. Even with broad city official support, the development process proved incredibly challenging due to numerous roadblocks from a city manager, with an anti-development reputation. Fortunately, Lantrip was able to rally support to overcome each of these, sometimes enlisting the help of the media for additional public pressure. 

It ultimately took ten months, post-ordinance approval to receive his building permit, and even after the groundbreaking on February 9, 2019, it three long months to receive the site plan approval.


To hear an extended behind-the-scenes take on the development process, listen to Lantrip’s recent Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast interview.  


Lake Dallas Tiny House Village is situated in an old neighborhood composed of small homes and small local business. During my visit in 2017, I was pleasantly surprised by the large size of the lot and the number of trees. The neighboring charming historic house now serves as Lantrip’s office, but there are plans to turn it into a community clubhouse, as part of phase two of development. 


The first phase of LDTHV has 13 tiny house lots. It also features a laundromat, community garden, individual electric meters, and lot rent will include water, sewer, and trash service. Community rules, along with an FAQ, are available here.


The layout of the community resembles a pocket neighborhood, very much in the style of Ross Chapin’s developments. Nestled around a shared green space are the individual tiny house lots. Each is 800-900 square feet, which will allow for ample garden and yard space for each tiny house. Parking will be on the perimeter of the village to preserve overall community cohesion and aesthetic.


Contact Terry Lantrip to learn more about lot reservations and to hire him as a tiny house community development consultant.



·      *Amended Ordinance 20190502-LD Ord Amending Tiny Home PD Ordinance-107709

·      *Amended Ordinance Ordinance 2017-14 Amending Zoning Ordinance Gotcher

·      Village development timeline proved by Taylor Premier Properties, real estate firm

·      Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Facebook Group

*Note: Appendix Q was previously called Appendix V

Written by Alexis Stephens, THIA Board Member

The Pines RV Community : Azle, Texas

The Pines RV Community : Azle, Texas

Bring Your Tiny Home!

The Pines RV Community-situated among beautiful oak and pine trees, close to downtown Fort Worth, and the DFW Airport with a dedicated phase just for tiny homes!

Escape Normal RV Living

As soon as you pull into the entrance to the Pines, you’ll feel like you have arrived at a very special place. Decades old pine trees line the entrance to the community like friends welcoming you home after a long journey. You’ll feel your tension ease and the stress of the day melt away as you wind though the trees to that place in the woods you now call home. Whether you plan to stay a week or even longer you’ll appreciate the difference between The Pines RV Community and “normal “RV Living. Come see for yourself.

  • Large Wooded Lots
  • Dog Friendly
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Spacious Sites
  • Electric, Water & Free Wifi
  • Cookout & Horseshoe Pits
  • True Community feel
  • Personal Gate Operators for your vehicle
  • On site Laundry and showers

18 Spacious Acres

The Pines RV Community is one of the least crowded places you’ll find to park your RV. We believe in giving our guests room to stretch out, kick your shoes off and stay awhile. Maybe pull up a chair and watch the flames from the campfire dance across the yard while listening to sounds of night. With all the spaciousness of The Pines you’ll feel like you finally found a place to call home.

Dedicated Phase Just For Tiny Homes!


Phase 1 has 3 tier levels of RV Sites. All Prices include Water, Sewer, Trash, Wifi and up to $50 per month of Electric use.

Tier 1 Sites $425 Per month

Tier 2 Sites $450 Per month

“Build it and they will come” And they DID!

From the founders

”With plans in hand, and with God’s blessing we set out on an amazing adventure. We  started with a blank sheet of paper, and 18 acres of the most beautiful land you have ever seen. We Completed Phase 1 between May 15th and September 15th of 2019 and Now have 64 Premium sites for you to enjoy! After just over 45 days we have filled over half of our Phase 1 sites and are doing tours of our community daily! Call us today to set up a tour for yourself and We are sure you will call “The Pines” your home as well! ”

Phase 2 will be underway in January of 2020 With and additional 30 Heavily wooded sites

The Pines RV Community

Magestic Hills Tiny Home Community Coming Soon!

Magestic Hills Tiny Home Community Coming Soon!

Located In Willis, Texas: One Hour From Houston

Written By Janet Thome

Magestic Hills Tiny Home Community- is in the development stage with a projected date to be finished by November with move in dates for tenants by January, 2020. Great location, just minutes from Lake Conroe and only an hour from Houston.

80 Lots For Lease Available

There are eighty lots for lease available. You will be required to purchase a 399 tiny home on wheels from Magestic Hills, to be able to lease a lot. The homes range from $ 40,000 to $80,000.

They will have 10 models to choose from. You will also have the choice to have a garage or carport built. The builders are Platinum Cottages and Champion Homes.

Magestic Tiny Home Village


Magestic Tiny Home Village

  • Gated Community
  • Beautifully Landscaped And Maintained
  • Community Center
  • Pool
  • Dog Park
  • Weight Room
  • Extra Parking

More Information Coming !

Magestic Tiny Home Village

I will be updating this information as it becomes available.

Please call Korey Freels if you would like more information at 936-718-8171 and to see the community.

Magestic Tiny Home Community
13625 African Hill Road
Willis, Texas 77378


Cedar Springs Tiny Village: New Paris, Ohio

Cedar Springs Tiny Village: New Paris, Ohio

Interactive Tiny Tour October 26th, 2019

Cedar Springs Tiny Village- the first tiny home village in Ohio is offering an interactive tour to meet their tenants, tour their tiny homes built by Cedar Spring’s list of preferred builders and visit the beautiful Lakefront village on October 26th, 2019. The event will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres provided at each site.

Gerald Brubaker has enthusiastically brought to life his vision of the “tiny” community, as the founder of Cedar Springs, with 27 sites currently established for lease.
Cedar Springs is Located in New Paris, Ohio,  centrally located within 1.5 hours of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis, and only 40 minutes from Dayton!

Amenities Include:

  • Lakefront Views And Mature Trees
  • Walking Paths
  • Community Garden Access
  • Private Parking With Each Lot
  • Recycling Program
  • Water, Sewer, Power
  • Grounds keeping And Maintenance Included

Power will be paid by the tenant

Preferred Builders

  • Modern Tiny Living
  • Liberation Tiny Homes
  • Maverick Tiny Homes
  • Tiny House Life. Org
  • Incredible Tiny Homes

Three Steps To Go Tiny

1) Schedule a tour. They  would love to provide a personal, guided tour of the Cedar Springs Community and determine which member(s) of our builder group will be the best fit for you and your dream tiny!

2) Reserve your site/construct/relocate your tiny

Cedar Springs offers a 3-month “free” reservation of any site with a $1,000 deposit.

Whether you need a little extra time to relocate your existing tiny, or your tiny home is not quite completed, we want to ensure that you can still stake a claim on your favorite site!

If you’re still looking at your funding options, check out the Financing Resource Page

3) Move in and enjoy your tiny life!


Resident Review

Kimberly resides in  a stunning custom 28 foot build known as “The Fox” which was created by Modern Tiny Living.

Biography – tell us a little about you!

“I have been a HGTV fan for many years. I started watching the tiny house shows, it was the very first time I have even heard of such a thing. I was hooked. I lived in a tiny apartment in Indianapolis and loved it. I just like tiny spaces, they are easier to clean, easier to decorate, and easier to move. I plan on retiring to Maine, and now I don’t have to start all over. I can take my Tiny with me and know that it will be a home I love. I don’t have to give up anything.”

What is your favorite thing about living at Cedar Springs Tiny Village?

“My favorite thing about living at Cedar Springs Tiny Village is the surroundings. It is in a beautiful place with a beautiful view of the lake. I love all the trees and the yard is gorgeous. I really like where my house sits and even though it is in New Paris, it feels like I live in the country.”

What advice would you give to a potential tiny homeowner?

“My advice it to make sure you talk to your builders so they know exactly what you want. Stick to your guns, don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams. Ask questions about everything, even the appliances. If they don’t want to answer your questions, get another builder. I learned the hard way that the really cool washer/dryer combo (you see them on all the HGTV tiny shows) doesn’t use heat to dry, so nothing ever gets dry. I had to buy a clothes dryer and place it on top of the really cool washer/dryer combo. The builders knew this, but since I didn’t ask about it, they didn’t mention it.”

Additional Reviews

Cedar Springs Tiny Village