Excuse my incessant sharing. I like to share nice things. Just came across this post over at Tiny House Listings–where you can buy tiny houses! It features Ella’s Tiny House which, as the title suggests, has a little–actually, it appears to be regular size– yellow door. Ella has a very very strong eye for design and detail. I think it’s one of the most beautiful tiny houses I have seen. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing a photo on this blog. Heaps more photos can be found at the Tiny House Listing article or on her blog, Little Yellow Door.

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In this article about a couple of Canadian’s who have caught the tiny house flu, the author posted a poll. It asked, “Would you live in a 300-square-foot house?” The answers given are: Yes. That’s enough spaceNo. Too crowded, and Only if I lived alone. Interestingly, the majority at 39.23% answered Only if I lived alone, followed by No. Too crowded with 35.92% of the vote, and lastly – sadly – Yes. That’s enough space came in with 24.85%.

It goes to show, we think we need a lot of space to live and be happy. Hence, the America / Australian Dream is still so desirable.

The tiny house movement in Australia is barely existent. There are some people that live in small houses, but there isn’t a movement as such. The closest we have are a few off-gridders, usually living in cabins and shipping containers, and those that live in on-site caravans in holiday parks. Unfortunately, the latter at least, is usually an exploit associated with the marginal.

Well, I think we need to break down that stereotype in order to make this tiny house thing happen here in Australia. Living small and simple isn’t just for the poor or disenfranchised. Certainly, these people should be brought along for the ride. Rather than being promised–more like teased–with the Australian Dream, it seems much more practical to help them with the basics and show them that simple living is completely plausible and can lead to happiness. These people know very well about living only with the basics, they could teach us a thing or two.

The Australian Dream is not sustainable. It leads to social inequalities more than anything.

UPDATE: I just discovered Malcolm Holz. He has come up with a tiny (micro) house concept through his company, Hut Wheels. I shall write a dedicated post on this find within the next few days.

Land is expensive in Australia. It’s hard to find a 1/4 acre block, as is so desirable as part of the Australian Dream, for under $100k. However, there are a few places in Australia that buck this trend. In fact, there are a few places where you can score a block for under $20,000.

Let me be straight up with you, there is a common theme amongst these places where you can buy cheap land.

– They tend to be in areas where there are few services
– They tend to be well away from capital cities and large regional centres; and
– They tend not to be in the prettiest places.

Here are two areas I have found with land listed at under $20,000:

Zeehan / Rosebery / Gormanston, Tasmania

Situated on the West Coast of Tasmania, Zeehan, Rosebery and Gormanston have one two things in common: their history is in mining and they ain’t what they use to be. The reason that the land in and around these towns is so cheap is to encourage people to move back. They’re largely holding on by a thread and need people to move in to survive.

Here’s an example of what’s on offer. You can get a 900m2 block in Gormanston for $10,000.


Pinnaroo, South Australia

Pinnaroo is a major towns in South Australia’s Murray Mallee region. And it’s actually quite well service. Sure, it is right on the border and hundreds of kilometres from anything, but it has everything most people will need. It has a hospital, a full-size Foodland supermarket, pubs, a bakery and a library. You’ll even be able to hook up to high-speed broadband!

An example of what you can buy in Pinnaroo for under 20 grand: 1012m2 of planet earth, connected to mains water, for $13,000.