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City of Clarkston set to welcome Georgia’s first tiny home neighborhood

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Floorplans range from 250 to 492 square feet and start at $100,000

a rendering of the tiny home community
An example of planned mini-bungalow facades.
Images courtesy of City of Clarkston

There’s big news about small living east of Atlanta.

A year after Clarkston officials passed an ordinance paving the way for new tiny homes, the city council has okayed the development of “The Cottages on Vaughan,” a neighborhood of diminutive domiciles.

The project will include eight homes with floorplans ranging from 250 to about 500 square feet.

Sited a block from downtown Clarkston, the community would span just half an acre, and the homes would cost from $100,000 to $110,000, according to On Common Ground News.

City leaders are billing the development as a “first of its kind,” at least in the Peach State.

Another planned pocket of tiny dwellings, The Eco Cottages at East Point, scored necessary zoning for the project in 2017 and captured headlines, but it has yet to materialize.

Today, more than 80 percent of the city’s housing stock is comprised of 1970s apartment communities, so housing diversity and density is a welcome addition, officials said.

“We recognize that the past 50 years of urban sprawl has segregated communities, contributed to global warming, and exacerbated housing inequality,” Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, a progressive millennial who’s been called the “Hipster mayor” by national media, said in an announcement. “By experimenting and innovating with new development ordinances, we are able to allow a greater range of housing options.”

The Cottages on Vaughan, which the city and tiny house developer MicroLife Institute have been planning for more than a year, represents a municipal effort to “increase stability in our housing market by providing more homeownership opportunities,” added Clarkston councilmember Jamie Carroll.

For MicroLife, the upcoming development will serve as a sort of proving ground and, possibly, a means of showing reluctant developers that tiny home communities are feasible investments.

A blueprint from January.

The community’s groundbreaking is on the horizon, and the project is slated to be complete before the end of the year, according to the MicroLife Institute.

This news comes right before another major proponent of living little, Tiny House Atlanta, takes over Atlantic Station for its Tiny House Festival.