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Tiny homes yield bigger problem: Where to put them?


Their sub-400-square-foot home is part of a two-unit tiny house cluster that sits in an Isleton RV park. Park Delta Bay – perhaps the only legal settlement of tiny homes in Sacramento County – describes itself as tiny home friendly, but a vast majority of the 132 slots are occupied by traditional travel trailers and permanent cottages.

The couple relocated with their home from Rochester, N.Y., to Isleton after Kelley landed a technology job in the Bay Area. Moving the home 2,600 miles across the country wasn't the hard part – finding a place to put it was.

"A lot of (RV) places, either they don't want tiny homes or they don't have spots," Spencer said. And in most cases, living on private property within city limits isn't an option.

While tiny homes, which typically range in price from $30,000 to $45,000, generate plenty of fanfare, press and excitement, locally it's hard to find someone who lives in one. The biggest question facing owners of tiny homes: "Where do you live in it once it's done?"

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