On the Llano River in Texas stands a line of houses testament to a 20-year friendship.
Four couples decided that the suburban grind was getting in the way of what matters most in life—friends and family. Although they lived in the same town, they felt being scattered throughout subdivisions and living the daily routine of “business as usual” was becoming a major hindrance in cherishing their life long friendship. They all got together and started talking. The Tiny House movement was giving people of no particular affluence the opportunity to live a wealthy life—that is a life lived on their own terms. So they decided to build “Bestie Row” where they could all grow grey in style.
The four couples have remained best friends for 20 years, and so building their own tiny town seemed like the best way to enjoy life to the fullest.
The group combined their money in order to afford a sustainable town they could happily call home as they grow old together.
Each of the four cabins located at ‘Llano Exit Strategy’ was built for around $40,000 and includes a queen bed, couch, bathroom and front porch.
Architect Matt Garcia says of the plywood interiors, “It’s a high-design finish that doesn’t cost a lot of money.”
The roofs are built to collect rainwater into 5,000 gallon water barrels.
Resident Fred Zipp said, “This is a magical place, but it’s arid. We’re doing what we can to reserve as much water as possible for the native trees and grasses.”
The exterior of the cabins are made of corrugated steel in order to help reflect sunlight in the summer.
Jodi Zipp said, “It’s like a Disney movie out here. We have hare, bobcat, deer, and all kinds of birds. As we spend more and more time here, we find more and more.”