small houses, big plans
First tiny home village in Austin suburb sees big demand
A Round Rock developer built a first-of-its-kind community to bring a tiny solution to a large problem. He's tackling affordability with a new tiny home community called Mustard Seed Village.
"Very grateful. I mean, it's almost like a miracle in a sense," Mohammed Mbaya said.
Mbaya searched all over Cental Texas for an affordable place to live.
"Houses are expensive all around Round Rock, just like Austin. So to find a place like this in Round Rock, it's like, perfect," Mbaya said.
He said when he first found these homes, he wasn't immediately convinced. "Honestly, at first I was like, 'Tiny home, I don't know. I'm not sure how tiny it is,'" he said.
But after seeing the layout, he said it just made sense. "It's just spacious enough to move around and it doesn't feel so, you know, so small," he said.
Developer Joseph Claypool said his goal with Mustard Seed Village was to give people the best bang for their buck, with rent for the homes capped at just under $1,400 a month.
"They're small, but I say they're mighty, in the sense that they they're spacious inside and, most importantly, they're affordable," Claypool said. "I wanted to do something that where people didn't have to spend all their money just on rent to survive."
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