How to find land for your tiny home
The song by Harry Styles plays in my head every time I think about my tiny home in Golden, BC.
The Purcell mountains surround you, the air absolutely smells different & you know that the next few days at the tiny home mean no television, less ipad time and more connected time with the kids.
Golden British Columbia is a hidden gem, a highway town that most people just stop in and use it as a bathroom 😆.
It gets lost between Revelstoke & trips to the Kelowna BC area. But for our family Golden - is the place that combines peace and adventure together. It's a true to it's roots mountain town.
How did we start finding land for our tiny house:
When choosing a property Fernie came up - and I totally know some of you are going to leave some comments saying "not true" but when I looked at Fernie I saw another Calgary. Another little city and I wanted something more true to it's roots. Not full of chain restaurants or stores. Not full of people who just came into the town for a quick escape. I wanted to be in a place that reminded me to respect nature & enjoy it, to learn from it.
Settling on Golden wasn't hard - a 40 acre parcel of land came up for a pretty incredible price (it was not listed) so we jumped in. It took all of our savings, years of hard work and there we were, sitting on a completely VACANT piece of land. No driveway, no electricity, no water, no area for a house.
What an adventure. A few years later... there is a road put in, some shares were sold off, we started a new corporation, trees were cut down to make room for structures. Trenches were dug for electricity and water lines….and a Tiny house was put on the property for both my pleasure and yours.
"Is how did you find land for your tiny home- there is not a lot of great properties and places available?"
Once again, I admit maybe I fell into it, or maybe it's a series of praying and God showing up. My now ex-husband and I met in the land development world. We both worked for a company in Calgary and that's how we met, then we both worked for the government which was constantly introducing us to land people and opportunities. So when we started to think of building and where we wanted to be - we just started to ASK anyone and everyone we knew if they had any leads on properties. The thing we came to discover was that not a lot o the properties that were sitting empty were listed.
Which is why so many of you are asking - there isn't a lot listed. BUT if you find a community or area you enjoy visit there often and talk to the locals - they always know who is going to or who has their property up for sale.
4 ways to find land fo your tiny home:
- Visit the area often, I don't mean 1-2, start to actually connect with people in the area. Restaurants, gas stations, maybe join a team (post covid of course) and ask around.
- Connect with a realtor who is local to the area - they WILL contact you if they have a lead because they will also ASK people they know if they are interested in selling because they have a BUYER who is looking in the area.
- Post about it on social platforms - don't be shy - people sometimes have old family parcels, or are waiting for an opportunity to sell.
- Think about the LONG term. Will you have money to invest in putting a driveway in, water, electricity. These are often overlooked and you may find yourself sitting on a piece that you really want to build on but can't.
It took nearly 5 years to move from vacant piece of land to the process of putting the tiny on. Nothing should be rushed - you have a beautiful dream. Let it come together. And if you are every in the Golden, Bc area - check out our Tiny Rosehip.
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