SPUR — Spruce, a lifestyle e-magazine, last month named Spur, Texas, one of the 15 most livable communities for tiny house. Here’s how they described the Spur scene: “If you’re looking to ditch the city or burbs for the open prairie, Spur, Texas, the first town in the U.S. to welcome tiny houses, invites you to settle down.
“While employment opportunities are sparse, local officials say self-sufficient individuals looking to set up a business will appreciate the cheap real estate. Likewise, the cost of living in Spur is 30 percent less than the national average.
“But before you pack your bags, understand Spur's rules for fun-size homes: Yurts and ‘natural’ homes built with materials like straw, mud or clay — both earth homes and straw-bale houses are examples — are not permitted. Also, no matter how small, all dwellings require an adequate foundation and flush toilet hooked up to local utilities.”
AUSTIN — A fleet of tiny houses on wheels serving as mobile boutique dental clinics are offering services to busy Austin millennials in the high-tech industries. According to startup Lydian Dental founders, American Dental Association research shows convenience is a major reason millennial-aged patients don’t go to the dentist, and portable units have gained an edge among Austin tech startups looking to offer their employees the added perk of having dentists come to them.
WICHITA FALLS — A non-profit in Wichita Falls is continuing to get closer to its goal of building a village of 50 houses for homeless veterans. Land has been donated, and the city has modified its regulations to allow the development.
AUSTIN—The 5thAnnual Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree will be held August 23–26, 2018, at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. The event typically draws 50,000 to 60,000 attendees. Its first two years were in Colorado Springs, Colo.; last year, it was in Arlington, Tex., and this year it will be in Austin. The Jamboree is open to all builders, developers, product/service providers, government officials, retailers and real estate professionals.
INDIANAPOLIS — A promoter and event booking vendor, Try It Tiny, has partnered with NASCAR’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway and tiny house owners to create a tiny house village at the Indy 500. Lodging starts at $1,000 for four nights, May 24–28, and all fifteen houses are sold out with a waiting list.
DALLAS — What started in 2011 as an outdoor event spanning five blocks of Flora Street in Dallas’ Arts District to honor Earth Day grew to occupy approximately one million square feet of indoor and outdoor event space in Dallas’ historic Fair Park. In 2017, EarthX Texas hosted more than 100,000 attendees, over 900 exhibitors and 260 speakers, becoming the largest annual environmental exhibition and programming initiative in the world.
The 5th Annual EarthX Texas will be held April 21–23, 2018, and for the third consecutive year, will host a tiny house village. Designed by DIYers with the help of professionals, these privately owned and hand-built private residences feature cost-effective materials, energy-efficient systems and architecturally attractive designs. Admission to EarthX Texas is free, and admission to the Tiny House village is $5 per person (a wristband provides admission to all the DIY houses).