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Tiny Living, Big Freedom:  Is Downsizing Your Dream Home?


Tiny Living = Big Freedom

Paul Kaplan

I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

I've made it a professional goal to be known as a leader in the Real Estate industry in the Palm Springs market for the past 20+ years...

Feb 1 3 minutes read

Imagine a life with less stuff, more adventure, and a significantly smaller carbon footprint. That's the allure of tiny home living, and it's gaining traction for a reason. Let's compare the cozy confines of a $105,000 tiny home with a spacious $350,000 condo in the Palm Springs area to see if downsizing unlocks a richer life.

Financially Freeing:

  • Tiny Home: With a $105,000 price tag, the mortgage could be significantly lower than the $300,000 condo, freeing up cash for experiences and travel. Plus, no property tax sweetens the deal!
  • Condo: While spacious, the $350,000 price tag and 1.25% property tax in California, means a larger financial burden and less disposable income. 

For a $350,000 condo, with a 20% downpayment of $70,000 you'd be financing $280,000. At today's rate of 6.85, your payment would be $364 for taxes, $450 for HOA (estimated) plus $1,825 for the mortgage totaling: $2,640/month.

For a tiny home of $105,000, with a 20% downpayment of $21,000 assuming a rate of 9%, your payment would be $895 for space rent, plus a payment of $756/month for a total of $1651/month. You would be saving $49,000 on the downpayment, plus approximately $1,013/month ($12,156/year!)

Living Green:

  • Tiny Home: Smaller means less energy used for heating and cooling, reducing your carbon footprint and utility bills. Many tiny homes embrace solar power and sustainable materials, further minimizing environmental impact.
  • Condo: While some condos offer eco-friendly features, their larger size inherently consumes more energy, making them less sustainable.

Wanderlust Welcomed:

  • Tiny Home: Built on wheels, your tiny home becomes your travel companion. Explore new landscapes without being tied down to a fixed location.
  • Condo: Selling your condo takes time and effort, limiting your ability to relocate spontaneously.

Minimalism Mindset:

  • Tiny Home: Limited space forces mindful possessions, decluttering your life and promoting intentional living.
  • Condo: More space can easily become an excuse for clutter, potentially hindering a minimalist lifestyle.

Ultimately, the "better" choice depends on your priorities. If financial freedom, sustainability, and wanderlust resonate, a tiny home might be your dream key. But if spaciousness and a fixed location are paramount, a condo might suit you better. Remember, "tiny" living can unlock big possibilities – explore and see if it unlocks your perfect fit!  Learn more about the Paradise Tiny Home Community near Palm Springs and see if it's the right fit for you!

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Tiny home living in a resort-style community near Palm Springs

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