Retiree Downsizes into Container Home on Wheels - Tiny House Blog

Retiree Downsizes into Container Home on Wheels

Sally is a retiree living in a container home on wheels. Going tiny allowed her to turn over a powerful fresh leaf and achieve her own independent affordable housing. While she downsized quite a bit, Sally kept her most treasured possessions. Her entire tiny home is decorated with favorite artwork, along with some family heirlooms. As a result, she made a colorful, inviting space that is 100%, Sally.

Her Tiny Container Home on Wheels

Sally’s tiny home is an RV-certified shipping container home on wheels. At 20-feet long, it has 160 square feet of indoor living space with an 8-foot front porch. Additionally, she enjoys an extra 160 square feet of outdoor living space on the rooftop deck.

Importantly for Sally, she has a downstairs sleeping area. Her Murphy bed with an attached sofa easily pulls down, and it really maximizes the efficiency of her limited square footage.

Before downsizing into her container home on wheels, Sally had no debt. However, she has little income, which makes obtaining a loan challenging. Thanks to Operation Tiny Home & Sutter Home, she received a downpayment grant which keeps monthly payments super low at about $300 per month!

Additionally, she has now a side gig taking care of their darling Airbnb container home also on the property. Now Sally is living her best life, truly. Tiny living helps tremendously with her trauma healing after a horrific attack many years ago.

“I have been searching for years to find a safe place to find somewhere I could close my eyes at night and gets some good sleep…

I decided that maybe changing from living in the same town where I was assaulted, then maybe by going somewhere; I would lose a lot of those fears. But I actually needed to find a place that was affordable and a place that was all me, 100% me…

Living in a tiny home does help me to achieve the peace that I needed.”

— Sally,

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