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Woman shares how she’s living her dream of ‘aging-in-place’ in mountain tiny home village
"We all just have the same reason for being in this tiny house community."
Jaclyn Abergas
06.24.22

How do people plan for their retirement?

A lot of them plan round-the-world trips, learn to master a sport or skill, build businesses, go on sabbatical, volunteer, and some even look for a part-time job.

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Some use retirement as a chance to downsize.

If you have kids, they’re all grown up and moved out. There’s no pressure anymore to live within a short distance of work or even near family.

And, of course, because you’re retired and want to enjoy life, even more, downsizing is a great option to spend more time living than cleaning the house.

Most retirees also live on a fixed income so any option that helps to reduce expenses and live within the fixed income is a great option!

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So how can you downsize?

By moving into a tiny home! And that’s exactly what Sandry Brookes did with her retirement.

Not only did she move into a tiny home, but she moved into Escalante Village, a tiny home community in Durango, Colorado.

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Escalante Village is a community started by a Durango resident.

It has 24 tiny homes, including seven rentals, owned by the same Durango resident.

The residents themselves brought in their tiny homes, either they had it made or they built them themselves.

Sandy had hers built by a company called Simblissity Tiny Homes.

Different people live in Escalante Village. There are some who are retirees like Sandy.

And then there are engineers, therapists, woodworkers, professionals, and other individuals with the common goal of living simpler and more intentionally.

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They all respect each other.

This goes a long way in getting along with each other, too. Each lot is 20 ft x 40 ft, which has enough space for the tiny home, an outdoor deck, and a little garden.

And unlike other tiny homes, which are placed in big spaces, away from the nearest neighbor, in Escalante Village, the houses are close to each other but they’re not bothered at all.

“We all pretty much keep to ourselves when we want to be alone. Or if we see someone outside, we’ll go chat with them,” Sandy said. “We all just have the same reason for being in this tiny [house community].”

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Sandy used to own a large, beautiful home when she wasn’t yet retired.

But there was a point in her life when she wanted to get rid of a lot of her things. And when she did, she felt her 1,000 sq. ft. home became too big for her.

She became even more curious about the tiny house movement and whether it was a lifestyle she could live with.

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What solidified her decision to go tiny was when she discovered Simblissity Tiny Homes.

They showed her the sample for the house she was currently living in and that was it for her.

“And I have no regrets,” Sandy confirmed.

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Her two brothers, an engineer and an architect, thought she was making a poor decision moving into a tiny home.

They’ve since changed their mind since they saw how happy Sandy is in her tiny home.

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Would you like to see Sandy’s adorable tiny home? Watch the video below!

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By Jaclyn Abergas
hi@sbly.com
Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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