tiny home community

Eagle Ridge Buildings, an Ellijay builder whose specialty has historically been storage sheds, garages, steel barns, gazebos, greenhouses, playgrounds and commercial outdoor buildings, is on a mission to create the largest tiny home community in the Southeast that will help people enjoy living less cluttered and more meaningful lifestyles while making the transition to tiny home living easier.

Tiny homes are trending around the United States as part of a movement to embrace a simplified lifestyle. Living in a tiny house may be an excellent step toward enjoying a fuller, more meaningful life with fewer possessions for many people, but just as many people are not ready to go from living in homes over 1,500 square feet to less than 500 square feet. How are the people who are used to living larger going to adjust to this smaller lifestyle?

Eagle Ridge Buildings hopes to provide the solution. Owner Paul Malham, who traditionally built reliable outdoor living designs, began to continually receive requests for tiny homes. Due to this growing demand, he and his business partner, RE/MAX Realtor John Thomas, explored the tiny house lifestyle and emerged with an understanding of tiny house structures, environment and support systems needed to make the transition to tiny house living easier for more people. Their research resulted in what is soon to be the largest tiny home community in the nation.

The Shire Village at Mountaintown in Ellijay showcases customizable homes ranging from 450 to 950 square feet on one-acre homesites in the stunning North Georgia mountains. Situated north of Carters Lake, the community offers residents simplified living in a community of like-minded families and individuals among a gorgeous backdrop of natural North Georgia. Ten different tiny home designs are available, so whether residents are first-time buyers or 55+ residents looking to downsize, there is sure to be an option for everyone.

Life at The Shire offers more than simplified living. Mountain Town Creek features tubing, kayaking, biking, fishing and hiking to explore local waterfalls. Ellijay is home to modern conveniences and several national festivals, including the Tiny House Festival, Taste of Ellijay, the Georgia Apple Festival, Light Up Ellijay and more.

Interested buyers can do more than look at pictures. Eagle Ridge Buildings invites home buyers to drop by the community and tour the four finished models to get a sense of what tiny living will be like. Tiny homes can even be built outside of Ellijay.

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