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Clarkston Plans To Build Georgia’s First Tiny House Development

Eight cottage homes, better known as tiny houses, will be built on half an acre of land at 1160 Vaughan Street in Clarkston.
Eight cottage homes, better known as tiny houses, will be built on half an acre of land at 1160 Vaughan Street in Clarkston.
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Clarkston describes itself on the city website as “a small town with a big heart,” but the town — population just under 13,000 — will now be known for something else small.

Following approval for cottage home development (CHD) during a city council meeting on Tuesday, eight cottage homes, better known as tiny houses, will be built on half an acre of land at 1160 Vaughan Street. This means Clarkston, located less than 30 minutes outside Atlanta, will have the state’s first all-tiny house development.

“We are literally 10 minutes from Avondale and Decatur where homes are selling for close to $700,000,” said Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry. “This is the future of housing to be quite frank.

“This is natural evolution of housing, especially with a lot of millennials looking to become homeowners.”

Microlife Institute, an Atlanta-based company that educates people on the benefit of what is called micro living, was approved to be the builder of the development, which will also include a lot on 1179 Smith Street as part of the project. The homes will be between 250-492 square feet, and will not cost more than $100,000, according to Terry.

“Rents are getting expensive and home ownership opportunities are not as numerous as they once were,” he said.

Floor plans for what will be known as ‘The Cottages on Vaughan’ development are available on the Microlife Institute website.

The development will be located a block away from downtown Clarkston and is expected to be complete some time this year according to the Microlife website.

“I believe this development will be a good mix of affordability and access,” Terry said. “It is also going to be an ecological and green development.”

Atlanta’s Tiny House Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday in the Pinnacle Lot at Atlantic Station from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both days. Clarkston will have a table there, and Terry will be available to answer questions and take comments about the cottage home development.

“The demand for these types of homes have been out there for many years,” Terry said.