I’ve been thinking about my living situation in the near future and it’s a little scary. I’m living in an apartment with someone who’s fighting a virulent type of cancer so there’s a good chance I may find myself alone. Recently, I came across an article about Granny Pods and it piqued my interest.
What are Granny pods?
Granny pods are tiny houses of about 400 square feet that stand alone and are not attached to a larger home. They may sit in someone’s backyard or possibly in a trailer park and are either prefabricated or built from scratch. Similar types of spaces like a mother-in-law apartment are connected to the main home and may share a kitchen or bathroom with the main house.
A small space of your own
Small studio apartments where I live in Los Angeles are insanely expensive and you have to put up with rent increases, weird neighbors, or possible changes in ownership. When I was young and lived in an apartment by myself, my rent was about $300. Now the same space goes for over $2,000. That doesn’t leave you much of a life if you don’t have a pile of money saved up.
I loved living on my own then and would love to again someday. I like having my own space and not having to compromise on “decorating” decisions. However, I realize that as I get older medical issues can happen. Even though I’m in good health now it’s not always a good idea to be completely alone. (Darn! – there goes my idea of buying a super cheap home in Abruzzo, Italy)
Why a tiny free-standing home is a good idea
One of the advantages of Granny pods is that you can live right next to relatives or friends but not actually inside their home. You’re able to have your own place and can come and go as you please. If you have a medical emergency, help is nearby.
The cost tends to vary from $100,000 – $250,000. Some Granny Pods are even less. Of course, you’ll need to have utilities and electricity hooked up or share the cost with the main house. They can also be built for accessibility in case you ever need a wheelchair.
Over the years I’ve moved many times and have given away tons of stuff. I don’t require much, but I’d love to live in a place where my dogs can go out and play that’s safe. You can’t do that in an apartment. One of my pups is 14 years old and the other is almost 12. They’re chihuahuas and are healthy so they may have several more years to go. I love having a dog and would probably always like to have one to keep me company. Plus, they aren’t as demanding as humans.
All I really need is a small bed that can double as a couch, a cooking space, bathroom, and room for a desk so I can keep working online. If you move out or die the home can be rented out as a guest house.
Ready to move in?
I love the whole idea of it and the independence and safety it would provide. Now I just have to convince my daughter, who lives in an apartment, to buy a house as an investment that has room for one of those little buggers. I could petsit her dog or babysit if she gets around to having kids one day.
My son is in the Air Force and moves around too much so that won’t work. If my daughter can’t do it I might ask a friend to see if they’d be willing to put a tiny home in their backyard.
I can also imagine a cluster of granny pods in a space with other Baby Boomer women. It would almost be like living in a commune but we’d each have our own space and could look out for each other. To see some other ideas for tiny homes click here. What do you think?
Does anyone want to host a group of old farts? Just thinking about my options.