One of the country’s leading tiny house developers, Sprout Tiny Homes, got approval last month from the Salida, Colorado, city council to build 200 tiny house rental units, along with a number of other community features, on a 19-acre riverfront parcel. Once built, the Riverview at Cleora will be the largest tiny home community in the United States.
Although these units aren’t going to fall under the category of affordable housing, they could go a long way toward alleviating some of the pressure on the local housing market in Salida. This iconic Colorado mountain town is a popular mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and outdoor adventure destination, and yet has a scarce number of both short-term vacation rentals and longer-term residential rentals.
“The planned development for Riverview at Cleora is 200 tiny home units; a community building with catering kitchen, exercise facility and management office; a restaurant lot overlooking the river; and 96 storage units. There are plans for a walking trail to be constructed along the length of the river, two resident parks, and numerous pedestrian walk ways, resulting in approximately 2000 square feet of common green space per pod.” – Sprout Tiny Homes
Sprout Tiny Homes, which is also working on a 33-unit tiny house development on a 4.6-acre parcel in Walsenburg, Colorado, believes that its River View at Cleora development “will address the huge need of quality housing of the community of Salida,” as well as serve to attract “sustainably-minded residents who share the active lifestyle decision to work and live in one of the most beautiful places and climate” in the state. These tiny houses, however, aren’t going to be your stereotypical tiny home, with a low monthly payment and the ability to just pick up and move at any time, as they won’t be for sale and they will be built on permanent foundations.
Monthly rents for the tiny homes will range from $700 to $1450 (utilities included).