New tiny home community in northwest Charlotte draws 1,500+ people to its two-day open house

New tiny home community in northwest Charlotte draws 1,500+ people to its two-day open house
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Keyo Park West, a soon-to-be-built tiny home community in northwest Charlotte’s Coulwood, had a two-day open house this past weekend, and it was packed.

1,600 people showed up over the span of two days to peek inside the model home, a 493-square-foot, one-bedroom base plan, a rep for the community told the Agenda.

You’ll find the community about 20 minutes outside of Uptown, zoned for Paw Creek Elementary, Coulwood Middle and West Charlotte High, and creator Kelvin Young wants it to be part of the solution when it comes the lack of affordable housing in Charlotte.

The city has an innate interest in the tiny house community, which is Charlotte’s first. Some of those in line were there just to see what it looked like, while others were talking about building one for Airbnb and others were mentioning the possibility of building one in places like the beach or the mountains.

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But a good number of visitors were there in earnest.

By Saturday at 12:30, 6 lots had been claimed, and by 3 p.m. on Sunday, a total of 21 people were so into the idea that they put a $4,000 non-refundable deposit on a lot the same day they saw it.

[Related: New 56 tiny home neighborhood is underway in northwest Charlotte]

But the lots haven’t been inspected and the houses haven’t been built – everything will come later. Here’s how it all works.

The $4,000 acts as a down payment toward the house – which starts at $89,950 – and once the lots have been chosen, owners will meet with designers where they’ll literally design it from top to bottom.

The process takes three meetings, and includes guidance on basic room layout, placement of windows and doors and finishes like Italian tile, cabinet wood, granite, floor stains and paint.

That price tag ($89,950) includes it all, but owners will be able to add more square footage (anywhere from 100 to 170 square feet for $14,000-$23,800) and things like another bathroom ($7,000-$12,000) and a garage ($25,000).

The interest and demand are both so high that Keyo Park West has already made plans for the next phase of the community, with lots being released in spring of 2018.

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