In July of 2014, Spur Texas declared itself the first tiny house friendly town, and invited the tiny house community to settle in Spur. The motivation was a declining population in Spur, and a desire to reverse that trend and bring in “do’ers from all walks of life who value self-sufficient sustainability and practical progress” via appealing to tiny house owners.
Spur is a classic West Texas town which has undergone a dramatic population drain to the big cities over the last few decades. Once a town of several thousand, Spur has all the infrastructure you would expect of a city, with paved roads, city electric/water/sewage, and even fiber optic internet. But with only about 1,000 people, the city has hundreds of vacant lots and abandoned buildings and several vacant commercial buildings.
Prices for acreage average around $1,500 per acre. Lots in town, owned by the County, average around $500 each. Each lot is about 1/6th of an acre with the dimension ranging from 60′ x 120′ to 50′ x 160′.
And the regulations? They’re pretty loose in Spur Texas!
If you have or want a THOW, you can order it, build it, and park it in Spur, with access to utilities – if you want them – without having to hide from building inspectors. If pursuing this route, we do require a THOW to be secured to a foundation while in city limits. This is a safety concern as there are occasionally high winds which could otherwise knock your house over, or worse, into someone else’s home and property. If you buy land just outside of city limits, you’re welcome to do as you please.
For more info see http://spurfreedom.org