A community of tiny homes is coming to southwest Charlotte County off Burnt Store Road.
If it proves successful, the developer said he would bring the concept to parts of Cape Coral and perhaps Fort Myers.
Simple Life started in 2017 in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
The company specializes in building homes in the 800- to 1,450-square-foot range. Price points start just below $200,000 and range up to just below $300,000.
“We do see in Florida the workforce purchasing a house in our communities,” Simple Life CEO Mike McCann said. “They’re able to afford a home that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. A postal worker, school teacher, a police officer, we’re in a price point that they can afford.”
The Charlotte County community will have about 232 homes. They will be built along Notre Dame Boulevard, just east of Burnt Store Road and south of Punta Gorda.
Simple Life also offers an array of add-ons to the homes.
“We offer ‘she sheds’ and guest cottages and garages,” McCann said. “’She sheds’ are really a small, air-conditioned space for an office or arts and crafts. It’s detached from the home on the lot. We’ve got some who are using it for an acupuncture studio. Or an art studio. Typically, it’s 150 square feet. Twelve-by-twelve.”
McCann said he hoped the new project would break ground in April and be finished in late 2022 or early 2023. There will be five model homes.
“We’re going to expand and primarily be in Southwest Florida and around the Villages,” McCann said. “Our expectation is to expand our business model as far south as Fort Myers and as far north as Sarasota. We’ve looked at sites in Fort Myers. We’ve looked at some sites in North Port. We’ve looked at sites in Cape Coral. We fell in love with this site. As we get this site up and running, we’ll be looking for more sites in 2023.”