Aging in Place in Her Tiny House at Escalante Village

Sandy is a 77-year-old retiree aging in place in her tiny house Escalante Village. It’s a residential permitted movable tiny home community in Durango, Colorado. Fortunately, Sandy secured one of the first lots when it opened in 2019. She loves having like-minded neighbors and the mountain town location. She is just a few steps away from the Animas River Trail, where Sandy enjoys walking to the movie theater and riding her bike to the library.

“I’ve heard people say our tiny homes are so close together. Living this far about, which is probably about 15 feet apart, something like that doesn’t bother me an ounce. We all pretty much keep to ourselves. If we want to be alone or if we see someone, we go outside and chat with them.

It’s not noisy at all. I have driven through many communities where houses are much closer than this, with windows on both sides, and you can see into someone else’s bathroom. I can’t see into my neighbor’s bathroom. So the fact that we’re somewhat close together, I don’t think, bothers any of us at all.

We just all have the same reason, I think, for being in a tiny house. It’s a small footprint in this world today; it’s economical, it’s affordable living. It’s easier to be minimalist than to have 10,000 things in your house. I’m fanatic about keeping my house clean. When I had a big house, I spent most of my time cleaning my house. Now I spend most of my town outside, biking, hiking, or talking to neighbors.”

-Sandy, Escalante Village resident

Sandy Shares a Tour of Her Community & Tiny House

Aging in Place in Her Tiny House

Sandy lives in a 32-foot tiny house on wheels built by Simblissity Tiny Homes. Comfort and clean lines were both top priorities for her. Everywhere you look in her house, you can find storage. But because it’s so expertly built-in to her standing height loft, spacious kitchen, and bathroom, her tiny home feels very open. Additionally, Sandy extended her living space outside with a large deck. One of her neighbors built her a custom picnic table that converts to booth seating. She also created a lovely container garden with a trellis that doubles as a privacy fence.

Sandy plans to enjoy independent living in her dream tiny home as long as possible.

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