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I Spent $30,000 on a ‘Hobbit’ House and Now Live in a Tiny Home Village

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  • Retired software developer moved to a small home community and is now homeless.
  • EJ Runyon bought a “Hobbit” style home for $30,000 and says it’s now worth about $50,000.
  • About 70% of residents are single women over the age of 45, according to community owners.

In a field outside Knoxville, Tennessee, a fast-growing community houses residents in their homes for as little as $20,000.

A retired software developer told Insider how she left her traditional home and lost her mortgage to move into a ‘hobbit’-style residence, mostly single women over the age of 45. .

“Family of 170 Strangers”

After living in New Mexico and New Hampshire, writer EJ Lanyon moved into the community when he realized he could afford to buy a home outright.

The 65-year-old spent $25,000 on a custom ‘hobbit’ style home in 2020, plus $10,000 on renovations and three years of rent to live in the community. The home was designed by Incredible Tiny Homes, who made some adjustments to the property at Runyon’s request.

The house is a wooden structure with circular doors reminiscent of those found in the fictional Shire. The interior is 160 sq ft, with a 36 sq ft high sleeping area accessed by a ladder.

Since then, she’s had the property appraised by an insurance company, which now says it’s worth over $50,000. But the financial gain pales in comparison to the other gains Lanyon made from a small life.

Runyon says he “wasn’t a hugger” before he moved to the enclave. But before she moved to Tennessee, she was able to get closer after she started a support group for small home residents.

Lanyon goes to breakfast with other residents on Sundays, and there are four libraries in the area. She says others helped her get over losing her friend in July last year.

The village also hosts pot luck dinners and has designed a section to play the game horseshoe.

“I’m amazed you can find the level of family out of 170 total strangers,” said Runyon.

Runyon is one of several residents who have been able to virtually eliminate their debt by living in low-cost housing built by Incredible Tiny Homes. Residents pay $200 per month for village land.

The story echoes the film Nomadland, based on an elderly American who lived a nomadic life in a van or RV after losing his job and home.

tiny house community "The Beach"a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee.

“The Beach” is a small home community just outside Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tiny House Giant Journey



When soaring housing costs As mortgage rates climb to their highest level since 2006, Americans are finding new ways to keep calm. Many chose to live in a van, but one told an insider how she decided to live in a van. sell a van and live mainly in a car.

But in this small home village, people can stay connected while keeping their expenses under control.

incredible little house

Randy Jones, owner of Incredible Tiny Homes, started building a small home community that grew into a vibrant village of over 170 people. He now builds hundreds of tiny homes a year.

The community is popular with retirees. Jones estimates that about 70% of residents are single women over the age of 45. Some are widowed or divorced.

“People we spoke to lived mostly alone in apartments or big houses that they couldn’t maintain. Now they have smaller homes,” says Jones and Amanda, who runs the community. Hayes said.

“They go to the store together. They go hiking together. They go to each other’s houses. They need and crave this community.”

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