Written by: Ella B.
It has been two years since we took a vacation. It was Memorial Day weekend and we wanted to take advantage of the time away from work. We thought why not take a day excursion and explore a new city and do something we wouldn’t typically do. Austin bound we were! It was a sweltering 90+ degrees outside or at least it felt that way to me. We woke up at 4:30am to make the 3 ½ – 4-hour drive to Austin, TX. Why Austin?
I have been doing a lot of research on tiny house living and Austin offered a few tiny house living communities that I wanted to check out. I wanted to see what the hype was all about and if this lifestyle was for me. We visited two communities, Constellation ATX and Village Farms. It was interesting, to say the least.
Constellation ATX was an empty piece of land behind a gate at this point. Not sure when they would break ground but there was a tiny house that we were able to peek inside. The office was closed due to the Holiday. We peered inside the windows. The space had clean lines and looked pretty spacious to me. I would say this was comparable to our first apartment we lived in when we first got married (at least it seemed that way). The location was ideal, close to restaurants, a grocery store and most importantly – 3 nature trails near-by. The big question was, can I see myself living here?
We decided to take a break and visit Barton Springs Park which was 15 minutes away. It was busy! What was that smell? Wait, what? Is that nature??? This was foreign to me as I’m usually surrounded by concrete and cars. This was a nice change. With each person passing me on the hiking trail, the distinct smell of Banana Boat and Coppertone instantly reminded me of summer growing up. The further we hiked into the park, we began to see a river appear. People were in their swimsuits floating in the river, making memories and basking in the sun. We hiked even further and found a sweet spot where the river began with a mini waterfall in the shade. We parked ourselves here for the next two hours.
I can honestly say that this was the first time in a long time that I can remember where I was fully present in the moment. No phone, no emails, no technology. We were relaxed and didn’t have a care in the world. I thought to myself, I can see myself doing this every day. Sadly, we had to wrap up and make our way back to the car. It was getting late and we had one more tiny house community to visit before we made the drive home.
Village Farms was about 20 minutes outside of the city. As we drove to the location, this wasn’t what I pictured and said out loud, I’m not sure about this. When we arrived, it was an RV park next to a huge piece of undeveloped land. We went to the office and toured four, “tiny houses.” Let me first state, these were definitely not tiny houses. I would call it a double-wide dressed up and slapped with the title tiny home. Although pretty inside, this was not what I pictured. In addition, it wasn’t on wheels. It was built on a slab. If I’m going to venture into tiny house living, I want to be able to pick up and go as I please when I want on my own time. Needless to say, this wasn’t the one.
All in all, these adventures that we will take in the next twelve months is for us to figure out, what works, what are we looking for and where do we want to end up. All great questions. I’m excited about this journey and can’t wait to find out where we land.