03/24 Site Search for Tiny House Village in Bakersfield, CA

interview with Scott Leonard of Bakersfield Tiny Homes

interview with Scott Leonard (plaid shirt) of Bakersfield Tiny Homes

A group in Bakersfield is trying to bring the tiny home trend to Kern County but they first have to find a location where it is legal to live in them.

“The hardest part of living in a tiny home really is not getting power to it, or dealing with the plumbing or sewage or even adapting to that smaller space,” said Scott Leonard, the president of Bakersfield Tiny Homes. “The hardest part about living in a tiny home is the legal aspect of it.”

Leonard says his group is looking to create a tiny home village by purchasing a piece of land in Bakersfield that can be zoned for camping or a trailer park.

But tiny homes tend to have a much different aesthetic than RV’s or doublewides.

Homes sold by companies like Tiny Heirloom are regularly featured on social media and design blogs. If you want to build your own, websites like Vina’s Tiny House sell design plans. These companies are fueled by a generation’s desire to live frugally and not be tied down to a mortgage or a location.

“I just don’t want to work so hard,” said Leonard. “I’m tired of getting up at 5 in the morning, working until 6 just to pay off student loans and all these expenses.”

Read more and watch the video: http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/tiny-homes-in-bakersfield-face-big-challenge


Elaine Walker