Raleigh’s first tiny house community

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Tiny house rendering | Photo courtesy of Nomad Development

Raleigh’s first tiny house village is in the works and we’re more than a little intrigued. The project, which is being developed by the Raleigh-based company Nomad Development, Inc., is expected to break ground in early 2023.

The purpose

Nomad is building a network that allows people to live where they want whenever they want while helping them work remotely + maintain connections they make along the way. The idea caters to those wanting to live a more nomadic lifestyle by providing flexible housing. “It’s a place to stay for those who love to move,” said Zach Milburn, Nomad’s founder and owner.

After establishing its first tiny house village in Raleigh, the company plans to build similar communities all over the world, starting in places like Miami, Salt Lake City + Latin America.

Why Raleigh?

“Raleigh is a great middle-ground city for almost everything,” Zach told RALtoday. “It’s the perfect home base — a place for people to come back to.”

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A rendering of the community mansion | Image courtesy of Nomad Development

The design

Each of the community’s 40, ~500-sqft tiny houses will be open-concept and futuristic — think lots of glass, 12-foot ceilings, and sliding king-sized beds. The homes will surround a luxurious 3,000 sqft community mansion designed as a co-living space. It will be open to all tiny-home dwellers and include a loft, large kitchen, and coworking areas.

The location

The village will be built on a 2.35 acre lot (purchased by Nomad for $750,000) located at 3708 Rock Quarry Rd. The spot is ~10 minutes from downtown and is within walking distance to Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek. The community will offer shared cars and bikes to help guests get around Raleigh.

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Image courtesy of Nomad Development

Project timeline

Zach expects the project to cost $5 million and so far, the company has raised more than $1 million. “We want to come up with a model that allows us to build these villages in 12 months + copy and paste them around the country,” Zach said.

Moving in

Anyone can live in one of the community’s tiny homes, but those with Nomad Nation memberships will have priority access. Starting on May 1, the membership will cost $500 a year with a $1,000 sign-on fee.

How long can I stay?

Eventually, guests will be able to choose to stay for one day up to one year.

Learn more about tiny homes in Raleigh here.

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