Sprout Tiny Homes Communities.
Sprout Tiny Homes is a leading designer, manufacturer and developer of tiny homes and affordable live-work communities. Sprout homes are built with structural insulated panels (“SIP’s”) resulting in stronger, greener and straighter homes that are highly energy efficient and feature chemical free interiors to encourage healthy living lifestyles. Using sustainable building materials where possible and pushing the boundaries of design and energy efficiency are key attributes of Sprout homes. The Company manufactures tiny homes on wheels up to 300 sq. ft. and homes for traditional foundations with up to 760 square feet of living space. A 14,000 square foot production facility is located in La Junta, Colorado. Sprout is registered with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) – division of housing. Sprout has the capability to deliver high quality tiny homes in volume. Sprout Tiny Homes is the exclusive housing supplier for two prospective residential communities in Salida and Walsenburg, Colorado.
Salida, CO – River View at Cleora, Planned Development. The Colorado mountain town of Salida sits in the middle of the state, literally in the “Heart of the Rockies,“ about 2 hours west of Colorado Springs and 3 hours southwest of Denver. Salida is recognized as a top destination lifestyle community with some of the best white water rafting in the world and Monarch Mountain ski area just 20 minutes away. Salida visitors can take a leisurely stroll along tree-lined streets and into the downtown area where century-old redbrick buildings offer café fare to fine dining and art galleries display whimsical art pieces to upscale aesthetics. The town of about 5500 residents is included in the guidebook America’s 100 Best Small Art Towns1, and has been listed in US News and World Report as a Top Ten Bargain Retirement Spot2.
River View at Cleora is located on 19.1 acres between the Arkansas River and County Road 102 in Chaffee County, Colorado. The City of Salida is annexing the property into the city to be known as “River View at Cleora.” The site is adjacent to the historic Cleora platted townsite and the Bighorn Canyon gateway, and includes 1,650 feet of prime Arkansas River frontage.
The planned development for Riverview at Cleora is 200 tiny home units; a community building with catering kitchen, exercise facility and management office; a restaurant lot overlooking the river; and 96 storage units. There are plans for a walking trail to be constructed along the length of the river, two resident parks, and numerous pedestrian walk ways, resulting in approximately 2000 square feet of common green space per pod.
Market Conditions: River View at Cleora will address the huge need of quality housing of the community of Salida and attract sustainably-minded residents who share the active lifestyle decision to work and live in one of the most beautiful places and climate in Colorado. River View has gained support from the Chafee County economic development group, local employers, a school district and realtors who all benefit from the positive economic impact it will have on all stakeholders.
Walsenburg, CO is located about 90 miles south of Colorado Springs. Over 3.6 million cars a year pass through this “Gateway to the Southwest” . The nearby Spanish Peaks are a national landmark and named one of Colorado’s Seven Wonders by the Denver Post. The Highway of The Legends, connecting Walsenburg with La Veta, other historic mining towns, and Trinidad, is a National Scenic and Historic Byway.
In late 2014, Walsenburg adopted a new residential housing ordinance allowing tiny homes to be placed in R1 and R2 residential zoned lots. Walsenburg was the 2nd city in the country to adopt a tiny home friendly zoning ordinance. Sprout Tiny purchased 4.6 acres behind the Walsenburg library and walking distance to downtown and a new organic grocery store. The acreage is the future site of a 33 unit tiny home development in Walsenburg. Stadium View, LLC will own the land. View Haven is planned to feature homes ranging from 260 sq ft to 760 sq ft. and address the huge need for housing in Walsenburg due to several new industries and businesses locating in Walsenburg and Huerfano County. There is a regional as well as VA hospital and a large marijuana grow operation is locating just outside Walsenburg, CO that is expected to create up to 400 jobs in the next few years in the local area. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is also breaking ground in Walsenburg in the spring of 2016. This newfound growth combined with very low quality housing availability has created a huge demand for quality homes and rentals in Walsenburg. Sprout has received a letter of intent from grow operation stating they are interested in some or all of the housing when it is available. Additionally, Sprout has received a high number of inquiries from people all over the country expressing interest living in a tiny home community. The tiny home lifestyle appeals to nearly all demographics and the Stadium View tiny home community is expected to be in high demand when the project breaks ground.