Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tiny Houses - A Natural Consequence of Overpriced Housing

Years from now each of us will look back at this extraordinary period of history and reflect on how we behaved during it and the things we said. Some will be laughing at themselves for their denial, their cognitive dissonance, and for just thinking that there was no bubble and that it was all justifiable even if the most lame of intangibility-based arguments had to be made. (Fortunately this and other blogs are here to record some of it.) But no one will be surprised by these tiny houses and how they were a tragically sad reaction by some people to the insanity of house prices of today and the utter corruption of our monetary policy makers who made it all possible. My thanks to the reader who sent me the link.

16 Comments:

Anonymous pothead said...

"the utter corruption of our monetary policy makers"

That is a pretty heavy charge. It's one thing to say you vehemently disagree with a policy choice, alleging corruption is quite another. What facts can you offer as proof?

Aug 21, 2006, 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Rob Dawg said...

Tiny houses are "statements" not serious domiciles. Cute and extreme for the purpose of exageration. Those houses are all more than 5-6 years old. THat website has been around a long time.

Aug 21, 2006, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

Maybe these "houses" were built for novelty, but I also wonder about all the multilevel homes shoehorned into tiny lots here. Or those 800sqft cottages touted as "perfect for the young family". Some of us may look back at those and laugh.

I think whenever you have extreme conditions, you see extreme coping mechanisms.

Aug 21, 2006, 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous thielges said...

More tiny houses, albiet from long before this particular bubble : http://www.thielges.members.sonic.net/m3bi/mohovels.html

Aug 21, 2006, 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definition of lemming – Any of various small, thickset rodents, especially of the genus Lemmus, inhabiting northern regions and known for periodic mass migrations that sometimes end in drowning.

Commit suicides blindly at one time as a group.

Aug 21, 2006, 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...

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Aug 21, 2006, 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...

Tiny houses are "statements" not serious domiciles.


I'm not sure that statement is entirely true. I read an article a few months ago where some people in Sonoma County are actually living in these as they couldn't afford a normal house price. That was the claim anyway. I think I blogged it way back when. But I admit I find this rather hard to believe.

Aug 21, 2006, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger marinmaven said...

Another part of the lack of affordability is that houses are getting too big. People want big rooms that take enormous amount of energy to heat and cool, and resources to fill with stuff. Lots of extras that are put into houses make houses more expensive.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, and even into the 1970s homes were affordable to families because they were built to be affordable -- small rooms, 2 baths with consolidated plumbing, etc,
While affordability may very well be making people look into tiny homes, I think that there is another far more important issue driving interest.
Smaller and tiny homes have a lesser ecological footprint than the average home which is getting bigger every year. There are people who want to live simply and more ecologically friendly -- small and tiny homes are a way to do that.
I think tiny and small homes are a great idea and far better a trend than the McMansions -- especially for the earth.

Aug 21, 2006, 7:52:00 PM  
Blogger marinmaven said...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=0&f=/gate/archive/2005/05/06/carollloyd.DTL

Aug 21, 2006, 8:27:00 PM  
Anonymous liz said...

I would love to buy a small but stylish home here in suffolk county but the prices are ridiculous even for tiny domiciles.

check these teensy weensy ones out!:

http://www.mlsli.com/uniDetails.CFM?MLNum=1845873&typeprop=1&start=1&rpp=20

this pos is falling apart

http://www.mlsli.com/uniDetails.CFM?MLNum=1851695&typeprop=1&start=41&rpp=20

liz

Aug 22, 2006, 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

check these teensy weensy ones out!

From the MLS:
"Absolutely Charming Chateau In Centerport"

Liz, that's hilarious! Who knew chateau could mean both this, and this.

I suppose Marin isn't alone in this semantic insanity.

Aug 22, 2006, 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...

I think tiny and small homes are a great idea and far better a trend than the McMansions -- especially for the earth.

I whole-heartedly second that. Thanks for dropping by Marin Maven...it's bee na while.

Aug 22, 2006, 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

I think tiny and small homes are a great idea and far better a trend than the McMansions

I also hope the design trend is towards homes of a more human scale. Not just square footage, but in terms of overall comfort, natural light and increased heating/cooling efficiency. The more inherently liveable a home is, the fewer accessories are needed to make the home comfortable; minimalism is good.

Aug 22, 2006, 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger astrid said...

The biggest models offered there are around 500 sq ft. That's about as big as some of the million dollar POS posted here.

Many, maybe most, houses built today are way bigger than they need to be. If families learn to live with 1,200 sq ft of well crafted housing rather than 2,400 sq ft or 4,800 sq ft McMansions with poor construction and design, everybody would be better off.

Aug 23, 2006, 5:23:00 PM  
Anonymous liz said...

tiny houses here cost a fortune! heres a couple more ridiculous ones.

http://www.mlsli.com/uniDetails.CFM?MLNum=1818438&typeprop=1&start=41&rpp=20

http://www.mlsli.com/uniDetails.CFM?MLNum=1851540&typeprop=1&start=1&rpp=20

Aug 27, 2006, 8:14:00 AM  
Blogger Children's Internet Education & Immortality Rights said...

I have witnessed a flood of women move into the real estate sales business in the last 30 years.

Children are definitely being hurt by this activity as both parents are now spending more time away from their children to pay for the nest.

Bottom line is, underneath the mask and the well thought out clever wording, Women hate Children. Add to that bad news the mostly patriarchal government and banking industry has "permitted" or even desired the housing market to rise for obvious motives.

Management sucks from mommy all the way up to Bush and the Pope. Headsup.calm

Aug 19, 2007, 12:45:00 PM  

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