Tiny House Friendly Town!

tiny house town spur texas

David, Corey and Randy are 3 of the visionaries behind turning Spur into a tiny house friendly town.

What the town of Spur, TX has done is thrilling for the tiny house movement. The mayor has declared Spur as a “Tiny House Friendly Town” and the city council is finalizing an ordinance that makes tiny houses legal. They are so organized, in fact, that they have a website dedicated to this mission. We hope to spread the story about Spur to all corners of the world. Not only because we want Spur to succeed but because what they are doing is a model for hundreds (perhaps thousands) of other small towns.

Big and important changes are afoot in the complex world of tiny houses and codes and this is a fantastic example of that. In the interview below we speak with David Alsbury, a lovely gentleman who is passionate about this mission. World, meet David, the sweet town of Spur, Texas, and his cohorts, Randy, and Corey Witters.

1. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview David! Would you please introduce yourself? My name is David Alsbury, age 54, former CEO of two dot.coms and entrepreneurial founder/co-founder of 7 or 8 tech companies over the last 25 years. I was raised in the north woods of Minnesota. My business career began in Minneapolis and extended to LA, NYC, etc.

 

tiny house town spur2. What led you to Spur, TX? I discovered some family history tied to the founding of Texas and decided to explore. I found out that an old accomplice from the tech boom of the nineties had set up in Spur and just had to see him and find out why. He talked me into moving here too. Thing is, the town is like so many others in the midwest, shrinking due to low farm work demand, (machines pick the cotton nowadays). Now it’s smaller but oh, so peaceful and beautiful as it sits on the plains surrounded by canyons and cotton fields.

 

3. Do you live in a tiny house? What is your personal interest/passion for tiny house living? I’ve been following the tiny house movement since Jay Shafer started Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. My grand plan was to find acreage in the Sierras, build a tiny house and disappear. I’ve always wanted to be low impact in how I live, but my business career didn’t lend itself to that very well, so I wanted to re-orient myself now that I’m free to do so. I didn’t end up in a tiny house here because there are too many beautiful old brick buildings on main street sitting empty., I decided to make a loft out one of them instead, (you would not believe what I paid for the building). Figured it was low-impact to reuse an existing building with great thermal mass (16″ thick brick walls).

 


tiny house town spur texas4. What did Spur do to become a tiny house friendly town? Was it hard getting ordinances to support tiny housing?
 So, at the head of main street sits a little old pioneer house with an American flag flying. The towns people are the inheritors of a cowboy/rancher/farmer tradition that goes back a long way. Folks here are serious about self sufficiency, every truck you see, (although it’s often a tractor) going down main street has a flatbed with welding machine, dog and fencing tools. A bunch of the old houses in town are tiny, so tiny houses as we know them now are not a novel concept to the inhabitants. By the way, the most expensive house for sale in town is an 80’s built, sprawling brick rambler that would sell for $400,000 in the San Fernando valley. It’s listed at $65,000, you can get it for $55,000!

 

The ordinance request went something like this: Randy Adams, a well respected entrepreneur and mechanical genius in town, (can fix anything and founder of an innovative roofing application machine/system) got the idea and talked to individual council members and the mayor. He described the idea of declaring Spur a tiny house friendly town and everyone was immediately intrigued. The key is small town, young people moving away, infrastructure for 3,000 but supporting only 900 or so, everyone concerned about maintaining their town, (of which they are immensely proud) and wanting a strategy to do so that also includes bringing the right kind of people. Well, the profile of 20 to 40 something, tech savvy, self sufficiency minded, energetic, polite people fits right in there, so, no big problem there.

 

tiny house town spur texas

5. What are local reactions to this new development? So far, so good! There’s actual excitement brewing as it’s something new around here. Folks think it’s a great idea and are somewhat bewildered at the idea that they’re doing anything special. The town demographics are pretty simple, half hispanic in origin, half caucasian great-grandchildren of pioneers. It’s Texas, so everyone has grown up accustomed to a mixed population proposition, (the old term from the Republic days was Texican). There are at least ten churches, the town is central to Dickens county, which itself has 2,700 people in 900 square miles!  There’s the Lawrence Brothers Grocery, Rowel’s department store, Dana’s pharmacy, Chastains Ace hardware, The Dixie Dog, the Turnaround Cafe, Gloria’s and Ron’s pizza place, the feed store, etc. And Jerry, a retired systems manager from the postal service, can fix your iPhone or PC in his shop/loft in one of the old buildings. Basically, it’s as close to Mayberry as you can get without Don Knotts.

 

tiny house town spur texas6. Do you see what is happening in Spur as a potential model for other towns? I absolutely do! And here’s why: small towns are dying, they cost so little to live in that millenials can’t comprehend it, but millennials are exactly who the small towns want and need. There’s a fiber-optic trunk into town, the Caprock Telephone co-op can wire a tiny house with fiber! I have friends in San Francisco who are still on copper! Small towns have everything going for them, if people would only take notice. A big crime spree is some kids breaking a window or scribbling on a wall. OK, there is the occasional duel over a woman or a horse…that’s a joke…kind of… Anyway, you’re looking at towns that want to grow, or at least resuscitate, and they need young people to take an interest, (and you hear that a lot, first question I got asked when I moved here was, “Did you bring any babies?). Lubbock, TX is a 300,000 person, fast growing city that is 70 miles away. I can drive that in an hour and be eating Sushi at the Hyashi Grill, having seen maybe one car every mile on the way. We have around one million potential customers within a two hour radius for all kinds of light manufacturing/tech/professional services, but who’s gonna offer those things? People who move to towns like these and start something are well regarded indeed, if not seen as full blown, heroic figures, as long as they’re polite!

 

Spur, Tx7. What is the advantage/benefit to Spur for changing ordinances to support tiny housing? The benefits are numerous and tied to the demographic of those considering tiny houses, which, as a matter of perception, are concerned, thoughtful, innovative, self-sufficient, practical, freedom loving people.You know, like pioneers! If those folks start moving here, the town grows, in all sorts of ways. So, y’all come on down and see us! (and stay!) Spur is also a wondrous retirement spot with weather better than Florida, 55 average daily temperature in January, 88 degrees outside as I write this in July. There were once over 700 farms in Dickens county which trucked out all kinds of produce. All gone now, but the land and the demand are still there. Austin, one of the fastest growing cities in the country and home to Whole Foods headquarters, is five hours away, Dallas four hours.

 

8. Are there any tiny houses there currently? There are a bunch of tiny houses in Spur, like there are in small towns everywhere, just not built lately, more like 50 years ago. Seriously, I don’t know how many there are under 500 sq. ft., but a bunch. Which is why the idea of tiny house friendly accommodations doesn’t strike any of the locals as strange.

 

9. What is your personal involvement with the tiny house movement coming to Spur? My involvement in our tiny house friendly initiative is voluntary and concerned chiefly with evangelizing to the outside world. Randy Adams is the point man, with the growth oriented city council and Mayor offering their full support

 

tiny house town spur texas10. What is it like to live in Spur? What are land prices like? Spur is peaceful to the point of being sleepy, but that’s what we want to change a bit. When folks are standing around a Texas meetin’ hall, (the back of somebody’s pickup) and discussing the day’s events, the conversation concerns cotton, water, local news, wild hawgs, deer, somebody new in town, etc. Land prices are a whopping $1,000 to $1,500 an acre, but there are two 160 acre parcels outside of town for sale right now at $800 per. A city lot, 50′ wide and 165′ deep, can be bought for around $1,500. Heck, half the town is farmable! The big to do in town is the annual homecoming parade and people who have moved away come back for that! Friday night, six man football at the high school stadium brings everybody out. There is a high quality, K-12 school system that is under-utilized and needs more kids which features new buildings and a dedicated professional staff. The great thing about the community is that everybody has your back. Saturday morning sees the the Helping Hands volunteers cleaning up a retirees yard or a rummage sale sponsored by locals to raise funds for the school, you know, Mayberry.

 

11. Can people park their tiny houses any old place in Spur or do they need to buy their own land? We have a few enterprising citizens who have turned lots into RV hookups. There are numerous spaces available for under $300 a month. Lots of folks have trailers in their backyards for extra living space, again, no problem.

 

Thank you so much again David for reaching out with this amazing story. We trust that what you are doing there will help not only the wonderful residents of Spur, but also tiny housers around the country, and ultimately other small communities needing an influx of new residents. To our readers, please share this story with as many people as possible and let’s get the word out about this concept. To access their website, please click HERE. There’s even a person there that can help you with your own tiny house build if you don’t want to do it yourself. And hey, Randy says, “For a limited time only, one free cool standing golf cart to each new tiny house owner in spur!” Perhaps that is an offer that you simply can’t refuse!

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64 Responses to Tiny House Friendly Town!

  1. Bill July 8, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    It starts with just one smart town who gets it.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 8:30 am #

      Agreed!!!

      • Thurmond Moore July 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

        This is a publicity stunt to try to revive a dying town. Spur has ALWAYS been small house friendly. Many houses in town are under 1000 square feet. There has never been much in the way of zoning or permitting required for any building in Spur.

        • Gabriella
          Gabriella July 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

          I disagree Thurmond. “Stunt” implies deception (in my view). The people of Spur have been totally transparent in saying that their codes have always been tiny house friendly. They’ve just made it ‘official’ in part to boost population in Spur but ALSO in large part to show other small towns hurting for new citizens that intentionally welcoming tiny housers is good for business. This is a win for Spur, a win for other small towns in a similar predicament, and a win for the entire tiny house community (now that Spur has done this, a precedent has been set and others will follow suit).

          • Thurmond Moore July 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

            Sorry you disagree. I have history here that goes back to the original settlers. My Great Grandparents ran a freight line (animal drawn wagons) here and had many under 1000 sq foot homes that were used for migrant workers. All this “dried up” with the introduction of the Mechanical Cotton Stripper. All Spur has done is put out a Proclamation stating what all residents have always known and any one else that cared to even look at small towns in America. There are Dozens of such communities across this entire region. My concern and I already see it happening is those wanting to get away from the “Big City” life come here then eventually rebuild the same type of environment (excessive rules and regulations and niches) that they tried to leave behind in the first place. Both the men you interviewed are NOT native to this area and have little concern about maintaining a small town lifestyle that this town is known for.

        • David Alsbury July 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

          Thurmond,

          Indeed there is a “Publicity” aspect to any marketing campaign. And we are definitely undertaking to market Spur as the Nations’ first “Tiny House Friendly Town.” While it is true that Spur has many older houses under 1,000 sq. /ft., it doesn’t have any new ones that small. And that was why we needed to go before the City Council to get a resolution passed. There was much deliberation on the part of the council before granting the resolution, because the tacit decision was to choose to maintain an older tradition in the face of pressure to become like al the rest of the cities who have frowned on “Tiny House” building.

    • Thom Stanton July 11, 2014 at 5:22 am #

      Thanks, Gabriella. Great point, Bill, and super leading statement. We have high hopes for the Richmond area and surrounding counties in Virginia. Sharing this now on TimberTrails.TV

  2. Janet July 8, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    I would love to live in one of these, someday maybe I will have enough to do so. Right now I pay high rent to someone else. Crazy world where we don’t have enough to live in peace.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 8:30 am #

      Keep the faith Janet…once you set your mind to it you can start creating the life you want!

  3. Amelea July 8, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Wow! Great hot weather and great people? Sounds wonderful! Spur looks like such a nice place to live in those pictures. It would be fun to see it in person one day.

    Now if only we can have something like this near Cleveland, and we’ll be set!

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      See if you can present bring this model to your area Amelea! :)

  4. E.E. Mintaka July 8, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    If only Colorado would get on board with something like this. With all the other legalization we’ve got going on here. I hope it’s on the list :)

  5. Elle July 8, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    How far is the nearest medical facility for monthly doctor visits and medical emergencies like hospital stays? I find only one listed as medical for Spur and it’s a nursing home of 35 people.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi there Elle! This is what David had to say: “Great question! Crosbyton is a neighboring town only 15 minutes away. They have a hospital and that is where most folks go for emergencies, check-ups etc. But, Lubbock, being as big as it is and an hour away, is where a lot of folks go for dentist visits, specialists, etc. There is also a VA outpatient facility in Lubbock. Amarillo, 1.5 hours north, has the big regional VA hospital. We would sure be happy if a doctor and a dentist are interested in moving here! But Crosbyton suffices for most needs. We do have a volunteer fire department and emergency response team with a modern ambulance and dedicated, trained staff on call 24/7.”

      • David Alsbury July 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

        Oops, I left out the local clinic in town where we have a nurse practitioner who tends to all sorts of issues!

        • David Alsbury July 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

          Crosbyton is actually 30+ minutes under normal driving conditions. I was thinking ambulance speed!

      • Thurmond Moore July 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

        Uh! sorry but Crosbyton is 30+ minutes away unless you exceed the speed limit by a LARGE amount. I wish David would quit his exaggerations.

  6. Gabriel Craft July 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this awesome story Gabriella! Shared!

  7. Tracy July 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Interesting and smart. The town is looking for new blood and new residents and tiny house folks are looking for a tiny house-friendly community.

    It should be a good match.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      Win-win!

  8. David Alsbury July 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    WOW!! Thank you so much Gabriella! We’re very excited in Spur that you wrote such a wonderful story about our town.

  9. Kenny July 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    I live in Lubbock and this sounds awesome! I hope it catches on!

  10. Joyce July 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I used to teach at Spur High School. I would love to see this town flourish. It’s such a great little place with awesome people!

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      So great to hear that Joyce!!

  11. Lori B. July 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    What a great post! I know this is going to catch on. There are so many tiny house lovers in the U.S. I just wish we had such a movement up here in Canada. It just doesn’t seem to have the movement up here like it does down there. I don’t know if it’s because of the long, harsh winters or what but people are reluctant to give it a go.

  12. anbuselvan July 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    In.our. country. In. South. India. There. Is. A. Saying. Built. Small. Houses. And. Live. Great. Life. Dr.Anbu………india

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

      That’s a wonderful saying!

  13. Meg @ TinyHouse43 July 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Howdy! As a Texas native (born in Lubbock, 9 years in Pampa, 4 in Corpus, and 21 in the DFW area) I am SO FRIGGIN’ THRILLED to see more of my “Everything’s Bigger In…” home state folks jumping on the tiny house bandwagon!

    It’s an amazing thing to me, especially coming from an almost 3200sqft house ourselves in the suburban sprawl north of DFW, to think that in the land of BIG the [tiny] life is appreciated for its environmental and social benefits. It’s especially wonderful to think that a sweet little Texas town might genuinely be revived and flourish once more! I’m always saddened when we drive up and down 287 in particular passing through one near-ghost town to the next and remember them even just 25-30 years ago as better off than now, and it would be so neat to head out West and find Spur booming yet again. Bravo!

    We do plan to travel with our house more than stay put, but I have to admit the idea of having a permanent residence (at least for the winters) is awfully appealing! Best wishes to everyone involved, and we will definitely stop in for a visit sometime soon. In the meantime, though, we’ll help spread the word far and wide! :)

    -Meg & Brandy @ TinyHouse43

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

      So great to get a “local’s” perspective!! Thanks Meg & Brandy!

  14. Mark S July 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m interested in knowing if you purchase a lot how hard is it to get utilities to the property especially electric, plumbing and water and if anyone would know how much it would cost to get it to the property.

    Mark

    • David Alsbury July 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      All of the lots in the are have all utilities available. Gas, water, sewer, telco and power in town.

      • Mark S July 11, 2014 at 11:36 am #

        Thank you David.

        I see in another response you say you’re adding property availability information to your site, could you please send me the info on your site to my e-mail address above.

        I’ve been looking on line and most of the properties I see are large lots and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Haven’t found any small lots advertised anywhere.

        Thank you,
        Mark

  15. Skyler Visconti July 9, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Sounds like a great place to live, really hope it works out for Spur… Hopefully not turning into a hipster haven (Austin Jr if you will). But it could mean some entrepreneurial endeavors bringing jobs, and business back to the area.

  16. liz July 9, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    It would be nice to have notes/outline of what was said to council so others can do the same thing!

  17. Donna July 9, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Like Mark S. above, in his comment; i too am interested in the ? of:
    Cost involved if one purchases land, what is the cost of getting electricity to property and plumbing for water.
    Currently, i am a single mother, of an 8 year old boy; Civil Service worker in the Field of Dentistry. I am not a Dentist, only support staff, however, i would *retire* yesterday, if i could secure a position and purchase a piece o’ property, which i might do anyways… How can i receive updates to this article?
    My email address is: Dental257@gmail.com
    I may never stumble upon this article again to view the feedback to these questions, so if you will be so kind as to Cc: your reply to the above email addy, that would be nice.. Thanx ~

    • David Alsbury July 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Donna,

      All utilities are available to all town residents, your hookup costs for water or gas, etc. will average about $100 each. We’re adding property availability information to our site, there are many lots available but not really listed, around here you just talk to people who own them and discuss what they want for them, which averages around $500-1,500 per lot at 50’x165′ size.

      • David Alsbury July 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

        If you pick a lot that hasn’t had water/sewer active for some years, that would cost more – probably in the $600 range to reactivate connections to the street.

      • David Alsbury July 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

        More accurately, lots in town are usully around $1,500 retail, some can be bought for taxes for less.

  18. Dawn July 9, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    I too am interested in a tiny house community. I am a nurse and am able to do my work remotely. Very interested in finding out about what property is available. When I looked on the internet I have some difficulty with finding lots for sale. Love to get further information!

    • David Alsbury July 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Hello Dawn,

      We’d love to have you here! There are approximately 150-200 lots in town that are available, either through the county back taxes office or by driving around and asking people what they want for their lot, often it will be about $500 to $750, ridiculously cheap by city standards. Problem is, we don’t really have a real estate office, you can call Sandra Dillashaw and ask her to look for you, she is the towns only active real esate agent. Register on our site http://www.spurfreedom.com and subscribe to our ongoing posts, we’re gonna try to get listings on lots and old small houses on the site.

      • Don Dollar August 24, 2014 at 10:53 am #

        Sandra Dillasaw, can u please send me some real estate info about the what is available in empty lots for tiny houses to be built upon? Also are the rent to own sheds allowed to be updated for living standards and does the building code of the county and city allow it? In Climax, Ga. and Decatur County, Ga. Such buildings are not allowed to be dwelled in. Stupid, Has manufacturer’s warranty and conforms to national building codes. Personally, I think the Decatur County, Ga. and Climax, and Bainbridge, Ga. areas have the building inspector paid off, and in their pocket. Also, until Sept. 1, this year, Climax will be for one more week free and then the county inspector enforces his decisions and I have already been targeted because I was awakened and forced to open my 2 sheds up for inspection to ensure no homeless people were/are living there. I just bought this property and moved on to it,Aug 6, I moved my 2 sheds on property Aug 16. Raided Aug 19, all happened this month. So, I am interested in moving and relocating. I am retired Air Force, and currently A school bus driver. Can U help?????? thanks, Don Dollar
        donpdollar@yahoo.com or 229-205-7863 cell phone.

        • Don Dollar August 24, 2014 at 11:14 am #

          Oh one more thing. I voiced my concern, and it fell on concerned ears. But no one can do anything about it. The mayor runs the town, I should say his wife does. He is the one who rail roaded the county ordinance authority into the city. I do not want to live in such a dictatorship town. The local policeman was very professional, and human. The building inspector was also. But he had no business at al on my property. I do not trust him. As I think he is 2 faced. Thanks for your help. Climax is also one town with nothing to offer and wants no improvements like Spur does. Do not move to Decatur County, Ga, It is a bad business investment!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Gabriella
            Gabriella August 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

            Don…I hope it’s a better fit than Decatur is! :)

  19. Martina July 9, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sound like a interesting place, but how does the city hold it with “Homesteaders” living in tiny homes?

    • David Alsbury July 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      Martina,

      People are welcome to buld a tiny house and connect to city services. There isn’t really homesteading in town, but city utilities and taxes are relatively low cost compared to larger towns.

  20. Sally E July 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    My husband and I have been looking into tiny homes. I am looking to retire (someday) in a tiny, self sufficient way. Currently work for a doctor in private practice as a medical records technician. We looked in CO but they are not tiny home friendly. Currently we live in AZ but would love a place as you describe with like minded people who watch out for each other. Awesome to find out about Spur! Definitely will be checking into it!

    • Trisha August 22, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Hey Sally,
      I live in Az too. You might want to check out my website as it is all about tiny house living. I am a retired Psychologist who is living tiny and loving it!
      You can also email me at tinyhousetrisha@yahoo.com
      Trisha

  21. John Driggers July 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Susie and I plan on visiting and looking around in November. Any recommendations for an overnight stay?

    • John Driggers July 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Just found this info: We welcome you to come and visit Spur! There are two places to stay in Spur when visiting. The Backdoor Inn has rooms to rent by the night on mainstreet and the Mequite Inn on the edge of town has rooms for about $50 a night.

  22. matt gentry July 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Im on a fixed income want to move to spur live in a small house put in solor etc who can I contact to help me do this looking for land or exsiting home

  23. Mike Troy July 14, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    Seriously considering hitching up and heading to Spur, Texas! The name alone, you can’t go wrong,,, here’s my tiny…in progress… http://skrewconventional.blogspot.com/

  24. ashley July 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Curious about people who have their tinys off grid, ie solar panels, compost toliets…. Thanks!

  25. Abigail July 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Sounds like a much less annoying (& real!) version of that town from “Hart of Dixie!”

  26. Jen July 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    So… Here’s a question. We don’t have a tiny house, but we do have a 14 x 16 wall tent. Wood stove and all that jazz. And that’s where we live, because why not? So. Could we happen on down to Spur and pitch our tent? It’d be for a period of about 1 1/2 – 2 years. Also, if that’s possible, a few more questions: what are food prices like in town (we only eat meat, vegetables, some fruits, eggs), what’s cell service like, and is there a place to get free WiFi in town? Also, are solar panels allowed? Sorry for the million questions, but we have been looking for a place for a while now and a town with like – minded simple living people sounds just wonderful.

  27. Tricia July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    my husband and i drove out to Spur last weekend after reading this article… we were hoping to see some existing Tiny Houses to get an idea of what to expect. while there we had lunch at the diner and talked to the owner there, she was very friendly and tried to answer some of our questions… we loved seeing that you could drive your golf cart to the grocery store. in the article it states there is someone that could even help with a Tiny House build… our main question is, how much does it cost to try to build one of these tiny houses?

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella July 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      I’m so grateful to receive this report Tricia! Good for you for going to check it out. :) The cost depends. Macy Miller of Minimotives.com built her beautiful tiny house for 11k. Ours cost $33k. Most of the pricing you will see is for materials only as most of us did the builds ourselves. If you hire someone to do it for you, you could easily double your materials cost. Keep us posted!

  28. Richfrog August 8, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    This development in Spur Texas is the most beautiful thing to happen to the tiny house movement. I live in Minnesota and trust me when I tell you this state leans toward government control. It is NOT a tiny house friendly state. It is a government control friendly state. When I finish my tiny home I will move to Spur if I must.

    I AM GOING TO LIVE IN A TINY HOUSE!!

    I hope the rest of our socialist leaning nation will learn from the beautiful example set by Texas and follow it’s lead.

    Thank you Spur!!!

  29. April August 28, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    What does one do for work in spur or how long drive to jobs? How about buying a piece of dirt and letting others hook up on it in tiny homes…..

  30. deanna August 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I am most interested in supporting this whole movement and would be willing with more research consider it as a home base, especially considering that the town seems welcoming when most everyone else wants to boggle us down. I wonder what people think about artists moving there!! Seems like someone there might want to consider taking on the job of being a real estate agent. At least in their spare time. Sounds like an opportunity for a local town resident. I can’t really find to much on real estate there via the internet. Some pictures of lots would be awesome, otherwise I am in the dark and not much better off. Before spending the money flying out there to really consider moving so far away I need some more visual ideas of what the lots look like. I wonder If anyone out there is looking to connect people with property. Seems to me there is an opportunity just knocking on the right persons door. Good look to all of us!!!

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    […] Base, I have a bit of a connection to Texas.  So, I did a quick Google search, which led me to an interview with David Alsbury about Spur, Texas.  If you are looking for a place to kick off your boots and sit a spell, Spur […]

  5. Spur, Texas Becomes Nation's First Tiny House Town? - August 22, 2014

    […] Interview with Spur resident who’s helping to lead the Spur tiny home movement […]

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