PINE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Tiny homes are more popular than ever and one tiny home developer is betting the "tiny craze" will drive people right to Pine, Arizona.
Pine is about an hour and a half from Phoenix, just north of Payson.
"Sometimes I actually feel like we are on the local tourist tour because people are so interested in tiny homes today," said owner and developer Ray Pugel.
Its official name is Pine Creek Resort.
"It typifies what pine is because it has that cabin look," Pugel said.
But it is also called "Tiny Piney's".
"One of the differences in our tiny home, which the locals here call Tiny Piney's, is we do have full size appliances," Pugel said.
Ray Pugel is the resort's co-owner and developer. He saw a need for tiny homes just 90 minutes from the Valley.
"This one is called a Ponderosa. It is just under 400 square feet, not including the front porch or the loft," he said.
Not including the covered front porch or a tiny second story.
"This is just a little over four foot tall, great place to have the grandchildren. Some people have made this a craft room, an office. It really is a multi-use space and a great place for guests," he said.
Jeff and Julie Nelson, now retired, were one of the first to buy a Tiny Piney.
"We came into these units and absolutely fell in love with them," Julie said. "We still have a big house in Scottsdale so we needed something we could get away quickly get up here in an hour and a half have everything all ready just open up and live here."
Fifteen of 48 tiny sites have been sold so far.
"People have stopped and said what do you like about living here do you really like it, of course we do we promote this easy living," she said.
It was the tiny patio that really sold them.
"We don't have a dining room table. What we did is we bought a fire pit and its got an extended lip on it and what we do is just light this in the spring now in the fall," Jeff said.
And the not-so-tiny view.
"Behind me is Strawberry Mountain out to the side here is the Mogollon Rim. We stopped and said this is our lot this is what we want to see," he said.
Tiny Piney's begin at about $50,000. The homes can be bought but not the property which costs about $375 a month to rent.