Previously known as the Ridge Run Campground, the property was recently purchased by the Hobson family, who plan to build dozens of tiny homes for vacation-goers looking to get away. Each house will be unique, with its own design. To round out the business, there will also be event spaces, off-grid units and opportunities to take part in classic campground amenities.
Naturally, the Hobson's are expecting their biggest draw to be millennials who are willing to drop $135 per night's stay. "We're expecting a lot of millennials because it is sort of a novelty, a unique lodging experience," said Abby Hobson, who is developing Tiny Estates. "We can target someone who would come (to the area) every week or every month for lodging and want something different each time, and we expect a lot of 'try before you buyers' who want to test the (tiny house) experience in different models."
The Hobson family got their idea for opening up their own tiny house resort when they visited the Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree in Colorado. Now, they're hoping to be ready to welcome guests this April. Those who already own their own tiny house in a different location are welcome to bring it to Tiny Estate, and stay temporarily. There will also be an option to make a 50-50 arrangement, in which tiny homes owned by other people are cared for rented out by Tiny Estates, with the revenue split between the owner and the business.
The Hobson family feel their Elizabeth location is a prime choice for a Tiny House resort thanks to the number of highly skilled workers in the area, including plenty of Amish people with furniture-making skills.
For a computer-generated glance at what Tiny Estates will look like, check out their Sims-esque video.