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A sold-out tiny home community in Florida is expanding into rentals. Be ready to pay $1,350 a month for 320 square feet.

Brittany Chang   

A sold-out tiny home community in Florida is expanding into rentals. Be ready to pay $1,350 a month for 320 square feet.
Escape is expanding its popular neighborhood of tiny homes near Tampa Bay, Florida, with six rentals.Escape Tampa Bay
  • Tiny-home builder Escape Homes runs a popular neighborhood of its units near Tampa, Florida.
  • Escape is expanding its tiny home community with six fully furnished rentals, each for $1,350 a month.

If you can't imagine living in a tiny home, Escape Homes could point you to about two dozen other people who would disagree.

Along with manufacturing tiny houses, Escape operates a community of its own teeny dwellings near Tampa Bay, Florida. Almost all of the units are cozily under 400 square feet — and they've been a hit, with most being spoken for in less than two months, if not immediately, upon release.

If you haven't been able to claim one, now's your chance.

If you haven
Escape has been gradually expanding its community near Tampa Bay.      Escape Homes' Escape Tampa Bay

Escape is adding six rentals to the neighborhood as party of a gradual expansion plan of its now more than 30-unit community.

The 'multimillion-dollar' expansion, known as the Grove, includes 3 duplexes for a total of 6 rentals.

The
A spokesperson for Escape Tampa Bay told BI that the cost of the land, landscaping, infrastructure, and tiny homes amounted to "well over a million" dollars.      Escape Tampa Bay

All are based on Escape's eBoho model, a 16-foot-long, 152-square-foot studio that can otherwise be purchased for $37,556.

The ones in its Florida community will be almost twice as large at 320 square feet. But there's a catch: The porch accounts for about half of the square footage.

Hey, at least it's covered by a screen.

The Grove’s apartments could be a deal for folks who prefer renting.

The Grove’s apartments could be a deal for folks who prefer renting.
The home comes with a screen-covered porch.      Escape Tampa Bay

The rentals, including utilities, are priced at $1,350 a month — much cheaper than buying an almost $37,600 unit. And they're furnished, a first for Escape Tampa Bay.

The tiny homes are also incrementally cheaper than the average rent for a studio apartment in Tampa, which falls at $1,485 a month for an average 507-square-foot unit, according to Apartments.com.

However, when broken down, the new Escape apartments are about $ 1.30-per-square-foot more expensive than Tampa's average.

Escape Tampa Bay's apartments have always been a hit.

Escape Tampa Bay
The community is less than five miles from the University of South Florida and 20 miles from the Tampa International Airport.      Escape Tampa Bay

Dan Dobrowolski, the founder and CEO of Escape Homes, told Business Insider in late 2023 that the last time the company launched a new batch of tiny home rentals, all were claimed within 36 hours, some before they were listed.

Similarly, four of the six new apartments have already been called for "weeks to months before completion," a spokesperson for Escape Tampa Bay told Business Insider in late May.

The final two units, set to be completed in about two weeks, have yet to be claimed. Besides that, every home in the neighborhood is now off the market.

Despite their humble square footage, the new homes don't skimp on basic amenities.

Despite their humble square footage, the new homes don
The porch is wider but shorter than the indoor half of the home.      Escape Tampa Bay

Renters get a kitchen, queen bed, and living room with a couch and table — all in one room.

Thankfully, the bathroom is located behind closed doors.

The tiny homes have storage options like exposed shelves and drawers beside the living “room” table.

The tiny homes have storage options like exposed shelves and drawers beside the living “room” table.
The three duplexes make up six rentals.      Escape Tampa Bay

The unit also includes a separate three-foot by five-foot storage unit and access to the community pool and workspaces.

Escape’s neighborhood is yet another sign that America’s love for tiny homes has yet to dwindle.

Escape’s neighborhood is yet another sign that America’s love for tiny homes has yet to dwindle.
Homes in Escape's community started at $95,000.      Escape Tampa Bay

Last year, the community's first batch of about two dozen tiny homes, starting at $95,000, were all sold within two months.

Outside Florida and across the US, legislation in states like California has recently shifted in favor of using backyard tiny homes, also known as accessory dwelling units, to alleviate the ongoing housing crisis.

Several startups have since popped up in hopes of cashing in on the little living boom, from California-based Samara, founded by Airbnb's cofounder Joe Gebbia, to Singapore-based Nestron, which is looking to expand its North American dealership network amid demand from buyers in the US.


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