Tiny house development could be coming to Wildwood

Lili | January 22, 2019 | 0 | Tiny Home

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WILDWOOD — Big news on the tiny home front: The city has tentatively approved plans for a 214-house development north of County Road 466 about a half mile west of U.S. 301 in Oxford.

Single Purpose Simple Life Planned Development is being created by Simple Life Partners of Jacksonville on 69 acres owned by Cala Fighera LLC.

City commissioners approved the measure on first reading Monday.

“We’re so excited about it,” said Coles Whalen, marketing director.

Most of the homes will be 499 square feet, complete with full-sized kitchen appliances and stackable washer and dryer. The bedroom is capable of handling a queen-sized mattress. “King-size if you get creative,” Whalen said.

But buyers can buy models with a loft for up to 160 additional square feet, great for visiting grandkids, she said.

The notion of living in a small space has caught the imagination of a lot of people, thanks in part to TV shows like “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House Builders.”

Many come on wheels, so couples can move on down the road when they get tired of one location.

The homes in Wildwood will arrive on wheels but they will be attached to regular foundations, Whalen said.

Homes will be priced in the 100s, Whalen said.

The company’s web page pitches the idea of “upscale living with a minimal footprint,” as well as enjoying the outdoors and the idea of living in a small community.

Going outdoors is part of the allure. That, and you have to really love the person you’re living with, in 499-square-feet of space, to stay indoors all the time.

Some homebuyers will use the tiny homes as second or vacation homes. Others see it as a way to downsize, either in retirement or near retirement age.

A portion of the homes will be rentals.

“A lot of people are coming from big, hectic cities and like the idea of living in a smaller community,” Whalen said.

Wildwood planning and zoning requirements call for tiny home developments to have at least five different house plans per 100 units, and one additional plan for each additional 100 homes.

The development will limit its “footprint” on Lake Andrew to six community-owned row, canoe or kayak craft at a time. No motorboats allowed, according to city records.

Driveways will be crushed stone or shells. Golf carts are OK.

Whalen said “presales” expect to begin in August, with homes available in September.

The project still needs a few more approvals from city officials.

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