I learned about Terry’s work through Alexis and Christian of Tiny House Expedition. Terry is in the process of creating an urban tiny house village in Lake Dallas, Texas, in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. After working on this project for some time and running into a lot of red tape, the project is almost done. The Lake Dallas Tiny Home Community will have 13 parking spaces for tiny houses on wheels and a communal washateria (a place to do laundry). There is a lot to learn about how to advocate for tiny houses in this type of zoning structure, and Terry calmly and patiently answered all of my questions about real estate development. I hope you’ll be inspired to use Terry’s knowledge and apply it to your own cities and towns!
In This Episode:
- The Lake Dallas Tiny Home Community model
- What inspired Terry to start a tiny house village?
- The work that went into preparing the land for a tiny house community
- Codes, compliance, and certifications in Lake Dallas Tiny Home Community
- How a tiny house village can help cities develop and prosper
- Terry’s advice to people who want to start their own communities
- It takes all kinds to make a village
- Lake Dallas Bungalows
- How would one find a realtor or developer who’s interested in tiny homes?
Correction: Terry says that Appendix Q has size limitations regarding the width of tiny homes: That’s not correct. It’s the Lake Dallas Planned Development Ordinance for this project that has those limitations.
Links and Resources:
Terry grew up in a family that invested in real estate, primarily rental properties but decided to go into the newspaper business for a few decades. He owned and operated several newspapers including The Lake Cities Sun in Lake Dallas. The newspaper business was based in Lake Dallas in a 1908 building he completely renovated into the business on the first floor and residential units upstairs. Terry began buying properties in the Lake Dallas Downtown District in 1986 and now have 3.5 acres and 21 rentals. He's about to add another 13 rentals (tiny home lots), making him a third generation real estate investor.
Terry's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbanretro
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakeDallasTinyHomeCommunity/
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