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Business Observer Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 2 weeks ago

Tiny-home community takes a giant leap forward

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Escape Tampa Bay Village launches a new model as it expands its footprint.
by: Brian Hartz Tampa Bay Editor

Escape Tampa Bay Village, a tiny-home community northeast of Tampa, near Thonotosassa, has expanded to an adjacent lot and added a new model to its lineup.

The expansion, according to a news release, will be known as The Oaks and will feature the Escape N1, a mid-century-style tiny home inspired by the work of modernist architect Richard Neutra. With just under 500 square feet of living space, the dwelling boasts voice-activated lights and temperature control, a clean metal exterior, full-size washer/dryer combo, front porch with Ring doorbell, a 30-foot wall of glass, large sectional couch and modern open floor plan. The handcrafted kitchen and bath cabinets are made of hard maple, as are the doors of the master bedroom.

“We love architecture, and we love trying new things,” Escape founder Dan Dobrowolski states in the release. “Nine months ago, we decided to create our own version of a mid-century modern building and the N1 is the result.”

Courtesy. About 500 square feet in size, the N1 will cost around $200,000.

Dobrowolski says a N2 version of the home is being designed as well, and will be available for sale later this year or in early 2022. The N1, says spokeswoman Susan Maier, will have a price point of around $200,000. The builder’s other tiny homes cost between $69,000 and $100,000, plus a monthly lot rental fee of $450-$500 that covers the cost of water and sewer service and garbage and recycling collection. 

The Oaks is the first of two planned expansions for Escape Tampa Bay Village and will house around 30 tiny homes, plus a community pool and workspace. The initial phase of the project, with just 10 homes, opened in spring 2020 and quickly sold out.

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