Best Friends Build Their Own Tiny Town to Grow Old Together


People usually spend a lot of time with their friends when they are young. However, as they grow old, their responsibilities are growing too, and the time spent with friends gets reduced.

Fortunately, there are many cases where the connections with the friends are continuing to the end of their lives, as it happens with the friends in this story. Zipp, his wife, Jodi accompanied with three other couples had been hunting for a quiet escape from the crowded area of Austin. They were looking for a place to ride their bikes, reconnect with nature, and recharge their energy. Finally, they found this oak-studded, ten-acre ribbon of land in the Hill Country west of the town of Llano.

According to Zipp “This is a magical place, but it’s arid,” so they are facing the problem with the deficiency of water, and they planned to do what they can to reserve as much water as possible for the trees and grasses.  A San Antonio native, Matt Garcia, who is thirty-two, drew the inspiration for them and came up with a plan for four similar 350-square-foot sleeping cabins.

The project had a name: the Llano Exit Strategy.

The cabins prove accommodations for each couple, and each cabin employs a cantilevered “butterfly” roof to capture rainwater, which is then channeled into 100-gallon collection cisterns arranged to help irrigate the property.

At the same time, the priority for this project is keeping the footprint minimal and costs low while still building a stylish, comfortable compound.

Beyond the sleeping quarters, Garcia designed a 1,500-square-foot common building with cooking and entertaining in mind, which will be used by the couples and to host friends and family.

Jodi explains that all couples have been overjoyed at the way the Llano Exit Strategy has worked out. They have the possibility to meet hare, bobcat, deer, and all kinds of birds. Spending more and more time there, they are more and more satisfied with their decision made to do it.

This idea to live close with their friends and have fun have brought the couples to choose their neighbors by themselves, to live in the houses with a modern design, meeting the needs of the owners. The price is also satisfied, each house is under $40.000, and all of the materials are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Now the friends visit this place and spend time there as often as they can, but they all are planning to retire on the property.

Here you can see how this place look like:

What are the thoughts on this idea to live with your best friends in the Own Tiny Town?

Nancy Grejtak says: “Like this idea”

Ann Donovan says: “I’m thrilled! What better place to grow old? I’m in!! Best wishes to them!”

Diane says: Wonderful idea! I have forwarded this to my friends!”

Rho says: “Great idea. Glad someone has built one to learn from. It looks suitable for a group of rough and ready guys without too many cozy comforts that make a shed a more homelike…”

There are many other opinions about this idea and we would like to have your opinion. Please share with your friends!


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