In East Mesa, at the expansive ViewPoint Golf & RV resort, retirees down for the winter peek through the windows of two adorable Tumbleweed tiny homes on display. They see the possibilities.
Darin Dinsmore, an urban planner, landscape architect and founder and CEO of Crowdbrite in San Francisco, wants to downsize his life.
He’s working with city of Sedona and Coconino County officials to build a tiny, 300-square-foot house on an infill lot and put down roots in Red Rock Country.
After preaching sustainability and community engagement for a couple of decades now, Dinsmore says it’s time to practice it.
“Sedona is the perfect place for something like this,” he said.
In a downtown Phoenix backyard, a young woman (she requested privacy) lives contentedly in a 160-square-foot tiny home on wheels while she attends med school. Not wanting to rack up thousands of dollars in debt on student housing, she built the tiny home herself in Louisiana and towed it here with a Chevy Tahoe.
When she has her degree, she can hitch up again and live and work almost anywhere she wants.
Whether built on a concrete slab or a sturdy metal trailer, tiny homes are the latest rage in new home construction. Popular blogs and YouTube channels provide hours of entertainment and research for anyone just scratching the surface of the tiny life, as do hit shows such as “Tiny House Nation” on FYI. Not to be outdone, HGTV has “Tiny House, Big Living,” “Tiny House Hunters” and “Tiny House Builders.”
The whimsically named Finn and Rose rumbled into ViewPoint in Mesa a few weeks ago, and the tiny, traditional cottages on trailers immediately began turning heads. The manufacturer, Tumbleweed of Sonoma, California, calls them the Cypress and Elm models.
Finn and Rose belong to Encore/Thousand Trails, owner of ViewPoint and other resorts around the country. Finn and Rose are on tour, like emerging rock stars, building up a cult following. The two kicked off their road trip in Chicago last August, then traveled to Natchez Trace in Tennessee, Lake Conroe in Texas and the Voyager RV Resort in Tucson.
Cheri Dewarrat, general manager of ViewPoint, says Tucson folks stood in line for two to three hours to get tours of Finn and Rose.
“That’s how big it is. It’s a new way of living,” Dewarrat said.