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I am interested in starting a tiny house community in Houston, Texas. Curious if anyone on here has any experience planning/operating a campsite/rental cabins/rv parks/mobile home park?

I am looking to purchase farmland on the outskirts of Houston and start a tiny house community. I know from several tiny house enthusiast groups I am a member of that there is a growing need for parking spaces to rent in my area. There is nowhere to rent parking for them long-term. When my husband and I purchase a property to build our home we will be buying a 2+ acre property. We will also be building a permanent ADU for my inlaws. My dad expressed an interest in adding a permanent ADU on our property as well. That lead me to focus on planning a tiny house community in the back of our property more akin to the cohousing or retirement communities in Sweden. Something that would attract the 50+ crowd. People on a fixed income looking to stretch their retirement dollars.

We would add an outbuilding with washer-dryer units. Build a communal garden and shared outdoor eating areas with a bbq and a firepit. Hang hammocks and maybe a space for bocce ball or horseshoes. Eventually, maybe even an event hall where renters can have parties or just spend time together.

I work from home plus my in-laws will also be on the property, so there will always be someone on-site to help manage things. I have contractors in my family that can train me on how to do the maintenance and my husband is a mechanic. He will also have a garage on-site and can fix most things which will help keep the costs down. My main concern is making sure the business is profitable. I could see it easily becoming a money pit if not managed/planned correctly.

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I hadn't considered looking for land that way. That's a great idea for keeping my initial investment down. Any insights on setting up rental spaces? I've seen them classified as recreational vehicles (like RVs) or ADUs (when parked year-round behind someone's home). If I'm leasing spaces on a property where I also have a house I reside in and the tiny homes are on wheels, they would fall into both categories. I've seen rental plots lease from $200 - $650 online.

I've seen communites like this being crowdfunded too. Where they split the cost of the initial investment by selling the plots first, then using that money to buy the property. The plots are only slightly larger than a parking space and I've seen them listed for sale for around $2,000. While I think it would be nice to have that cash up front, that would severely limit the revenue I could generate in the long run. There is also the risk of selling to someone who would not care for their property or create conflicts with their neighbors. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to evict someone from your property if they actually own a part of it.

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