Frequently Asked Questions

In 2011, Ed was introduced to the concept of tiny houses. Having recently developed an active retirement community in nearby Rome, GA, he saw value in creating a rustic downsized community for pre-retirement and vacationing. Below are some frequently asked questions we and others in the tiny house industry have addressed since the concept was reintroduced in 1999. After reviewing these FAQs, please fill out the Contact Us form and give us a little more detail about your plans for tiny living. We look forward to meeting to you!

Location

The age range in our community is all over the map. We have couples in their 50s with teenage kids. Pre-retirees have adult children who might bring babies for visits.

However, the location is not Accessible. We use river rock and gravel for roads and pathways so neither strollers nor wheelchairs are currently possible. If you want to include Accessible features, we can work with you regarding lot location, as well as materials used for your own driveway, walkways, and entry.

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Here is a sample of total costs:

House: $50,000

Tax (7%): $3500

Site Prep: $3000 (for unsited homes)

Year 1 Lot Lease (5% discount for prepay): $4950

Tag and title for trailer: $500

Total Move In: $61,950

 

Annual Cost Estimate:

Year 1 Lot Lease (5% discount for prepay): $4950

Tag and title for trailer: $500

Utilities per month: 50-75

Total Recurring Costs: $6050 or $504/mo

 

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We allow up to 2 domestic pets per household.

Pets are not allowed in the rental cabins or common area buildings due to visitors who may have allergies.

A dog park is planned for lot L-32 and will be fenced in.

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Link to pdf: https://dca.ga.gov/sites/default/files/ga_tiny_house_fact_sheet17.pdf

Categories: Design, Building, Location

BEFORE you purchase a house, you need to confirm you will have a place to put it. You can’t just park it in your driveway or on a piece of property you own without first clarifying the zoning laws for the property it is on.

This is not about aesthetics or mobile homes, it’s about property values and taxes so don’t assume this is unnecessary in rural areas.

  1. What are your minimum regulations for full time residence?
  2. What is minimum Square Footage?
  3. What is minimum wall length?
  4. What is maximum residence per year?
  5. Is a foundation required?
  6. Do you allow sustainability options like solar power or composting toilets?
  7. What is the annual tax calculation?
  8. Do you accept RVIA or ANSI 119.5 building standards?

You may call us once you have this information and we can give you some ideas if there are any conflicts.

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You can build your house on the lot you’ve designated and paid for if you have access to electricity and maybe water, depending on you construction needs. Or you can ask us about tiny house builders who offer build workshops and camps. Some allow you to utilize onsite construction resources while providing a large percentage of the labor yourself — as a lead or apprentice.

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THOWs: As long as you meet road requirements you can move your house without any permits or special requirements. It must not exceed 8′ 6″ wide and 13′ 6″ high. Your trailer must have a registered tag and working brake lights and turn signals. You will need a 2 and a half ton vehicle or larger to comfortably tow one of these homes. Examples include: Ford F250, Dodge RAM 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500. If you don’t have one of these vehicles you can always rent a U-Haul truck for your move.

PMRV (Park Model RV): These can be 14′ wide and 40′ long but require a tractor-trailer truck and special Wide Load permitting for routes and roads. PMRVs are designed to stay in one place for longer amounts of time, but be moved if needed to a new location.”

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You want to secure the location before you order the house since most builders will not deliver to a unsecured location. THOWs generally cannot be parked in your driveway like a motor home. The property must be zoned for the size tiny house you have.
You can start by checking your State regulations here http://www.rvia.org/UniPop.cfm?v=2&OID=3531&CC=7616
Then call the County Zoning Agent for your target location to be sure of your particular property. See FAQ: What do I ask my County Zoning Agent?

We accept all tiny houses under 1200 sqft in our 3 divisions.

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Yes, we have a 50 acre community that includes Little River Escape, Mountain Woods Escape, and River Side Escape. We offer secluded mountain living less than 2 hours from Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga. At Little River Escape we allow any tiny house under 1100 sqft with approval of the owner.

Each of our Escape lots is 3/4-1 acre and zoned for 1-2 tiny houses, 1-2 small storage buildings, and dog fencing, all with prior approval. Our lots are relatively large and wooded to ensure you aren’t staring at your neighbors whenever you step outside. See our fall video tour to get an idea. We have lots with canyon views, river frontage, and lake frontage. Our residents choose the degree of community they want: the houses are secluded but the community spaces are open and inviting. We allow THOWs under 350 sqft, PMRVs 350-400 sqft, Modulars 400-800 sqft, and framed housesunder 1200 sqft on foundations.

Often tiny house communities are RV parks that have been rezoned for tiny houses. When choosing your community, consider the layout: How big are the lots? Are there trees between for privacy? Is there private and public outdoor space? What are the rules on noise, pets, etc.?

 

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We have six waterfront lots in River Side Escape that are available for purchase. These lots are adjacent to the Little River Escape property, but do not enjoy the amenities of the Lot Lease properties.

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Closest larger towns are Fort Payne, AL, 15 minutes away, and Rome, GA, 30 minutes away.
Nearest ambulance service is in Menlo, 4 miles away.
Harbin Clinic satellite office is in Summerville, 15 minutes away.

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Little River Escape, Mountain Woods Escape, and River Side Escape are all divisions of River Ridge Escapes. These three adjacent properties are situated on top of Georgia’s Lookout Mountain straddling the border of Georgia and Alabama. Nearby townships include Menlo, Cloudland, Summerville and Mentone, AL. Closest larger towns are Fort Payne, AL, 15 minutes away, and Rome, GA, 30 minutes away.
Nearest ambulance service is in Menlo, 4 miles away.
Harbin Clinic satellite office is in Summerville, 15 minutes away.

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We strongly recommend that you not only tour them, but spend some time in one to determine just how tiny you can comfortably go before you throw out all your stuff!
Little River Escape offers free tours of all available models (currently 9) every weekend.
Summer Hours (Apr-Nov): Fri-Sat 11-5 and Sun 1-5 EDT
Winter Hours (Dec-Mar): Fri-Sun 1-5 EDT.

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We have six waterfront lots in River Side Escape and nineteen non-water lots in Mountain Woods Escape that are available for purchase. These lots are adjacent to the Little River Escape property, but do not enjoy the amenities of the Little River Escape leased properties. Likewise, though the roads have been cut in to Mountain Woods Escape, you would be responsible for your own site prep in the two purchasable areas. Site prep includes installing septic, water, and electrical; driveway and walkways, tree removal, grading, and landscaping.
In addition to doing the site prep for a 1-time $3000 fee, Little River Escape covers the following under the 5-year lot lease: gated community, pool and landscape maintenance, garbage removal, your first 1000 gallons of water usage per month, guest cabin rental, 3-4 total acres of community living space with hiking trails, a floating dock, kayaks, canoes, 5-6′ deep swimming holes, shore access to the bordering East Fork of the Little River, 5 miles of paddle access to Lake Lahusage and the other branches of the Little River, a pool and poolhouse (available for private rental as well), ping-pong, outdoor firepit, and corn hole games, and trout and striped bass fishing.

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