Starter living with room to grow -- that's what the proprietors of Morado Mountain Estates hope to achieve six miles east of Florence.
With housing prices ever increasing, the dream of home ownership may seem out of reach to many young adults. But Morado Mountain Estates, a new tiny housing concept east of Florence hopes to buck that trend.
The vision is a tiny house village -- up to 58 small houses over 120 acres. And though the houses start small, there's room to grow.
"And that's the cool thing,” said Daniel Colson with Keller Williams Western Montana Realty, “If you come here, you're just starting out, it's just you, you get that home, you get 400 square feet, anywhere between 400 to 600 square feet, and then say you do start that family, or your lifestyle changes a little bit, and you need to start growing, you need to start adding on. It's all right here."
The developers say they envision far more than just a collection of tiny homes. They hope to foster a real sense of community and to accomplish that, a number of community gardens are planned to be scattered throughout this tiny village along with a system of trails.
Lots start at just over $123,000 and includes between one to just under 2½ acres of land, a well, septic tank and the tiny home itself. To help maintain affordability, wells and septic tanks will be shared between two lots.
The homes range between 200 square feet to just under 900 square feet, but developers say those interested in tiny living never feel too cramped.
"When you've got views like this, and you've got the Bitterroot Mountains like that, why stay inside? You're in Montana for a reason! Get out, get out! You can sleep at home, get out and do stuff!" said Colson.
However, development has not yet started. Before infrastructure work begins, developers are hoping to sell at least four lots, ensuring a robust start for the project. If not enough lots are sold, the buyers are assured a full refund if the full four lots remain unsold.
Colson says developers are ready to build roads and dig wells as soon as possible. Click here for information on Morado Mountain Estate homes.