“20-Year Bestie Bond”: Friends Create Tiny Town for Joint Vacations and Retirement

Four couples from Texas, friends for over 20 years, wanted to escape their busy city lives in Austin and find a peaceful retreat near Llano River, an hour away. They discovered a piece of land that needed work but was perfect for their plan.

 

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Originally thinking of building a shared house, they instead embraced the tiny house movement. With architect Matt Garcia’s help, they designed four 350-square-foot cabins for each couple within a $40,000 budget. These cabins have a bed, kitchenette, and bathroom. They also collect rainwater for conservation and are well-insulated to combat the Texas heat.

 

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The cabins have a warm interior with grained plywood and an open layout with large windows for natural light and river views. To enhance their community experience, they built a 1,500-square-foot communal cabin with a guest bedroom, living space, kitchen, and even a pool.

The community, called “Llano Exit Strategy” or “Bestie Row,” serves as a great getaway for the friends, who also earn extra income by renting out the cabins when they’re not in use.

 

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While some online commenters praised the idea, others expressed concern about potential strains on the friendships. Despite differing opinions, the friends are enjoying their tiny community and the natural surroundings, including various wildlife.

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