Meet Zoe, Atticus, Lincoln, Savannah and Scarlett. No, they're not people — or cats or any other creature, for that matter. They're a group of five tiny houses, located about 45 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, and each one has a distinct personality befitting its name.
Located in the , the miniature dwellings were named and characterized by Annie Colletti, social media and communications manager at Equity Lifestyle Properties, the company that owns and operates the village and about 200 campgrounds and RV resorts across the country under the Thousand Trials and
Encore brands. "We have yurts, cabins, all sorts of different rental options, but since this [project] was so different, we thought giving them names and personalities would help people be emotionally attached to these particular tiny houses," she says.
With their proximity to the artsy city of Portland and the stunning Mt. Hood National Forest, the five houses, built by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, have already attracted a number of vacationing couples and families since opening on Memorial Day weekend. Much like at a campground or RV park — or on a suburban cul-de-sac — the grounds are designed for socializing with your fellow vacationers.
"The houses are in a horseshoe-type shape, each with a picnic table and a grill outside, and they have a communal fire pit in the middle, so it forms a very social atmosphere," Colletti says. "[Visitors are] making s'mores together at the fire pit and getting to know each other — and even coordinating tours among themselves, like, 'Hey, I'll let you check out my tiny house, if I can check out yours.'" Tiny house owners are welcome to drive their own homes-on-wheels to the village for overnight stays as well.
If you're thinking of visiting the Pacific Northwest, take a tour of the village below and get to know Zoe, Atticus, Lincoln, Savannah and Scarlett to see who might be your match.
With her blue cedar plank siding and white trim, Zoe's bright exterior hints at her lively spirit: "A whimsical dreamer, Zoe marches to the beat of her own drum. She runs through fields barefoot and finds adventure in each and every day. A true lover of nature, she believes a day spent outside is a day well spent. Zoe perfects the art of boho chic and exudes a sense of carefree happiness. She wears her hair down and lives without limit."
Zoe's decor features blues, whites and bright accent colors, all of which are complemented by geometric patterns, succulents and other greenery. Storage drawers are cleverly built into the staircase risers.
With 122 square feet on the first floor and a 74-square-foot lofted bedroom, Zoe sleeps three: one in the twin bed on the first floor and two in the queen-size bed upstairs.
Sporting natural cedar plank siding with black trim on his exterior, Atticus is for the outdoorsman (or woman): "Atticus stands tall, sleek and modern with masculine finishes. He constantly seeks outdoor adventure and never shies at the prospect of sleeping under the stars. In fact, he's probably one of the few people you know who is equally proud of his snowshoes and Johnson and Murphy wingtips. He is full of courage and drinks his coffee black. Think of him as a modern-day Atticus Finch."
Inside, Atticus is full of masculine touches and neutral colors. A travel motif abounds with map-themed decor and a guestbook asking visitors to share a personal travel adventure.
Atticus can sleep four, with a twin bed and a twin daybed on the 111-square-foot first floor and a queen bed in the 67-square-foot loft.
Bright and cheery, Savannah's yellow cedar plank siding with red shutters and white trim conveys her welcoming nature. "Savannah considers being called 'girly' the greatest of compliments. She brings a bouquet of fresh flowers to each dinner party she attends. She grew up in the South and believes all of life's problems can be solved with a quick glass of iced tea and genuine conversation. Savannah radiates Southern charm and tackles the world with kindness. She's poised and received life's greatest advice from her grandmother's cross stitch."
Peppered with pitchers filled with lemons and limes, fresh flowers and homey patterns, Savannah's interior is full of sweet Southern character.
She sleeps three, with one in the twin bed on the 110-square-foot first floor and two in the queen bed in the 65-square-foot lofted bedroom.
The biggest of the village's homes, Lincoln is the strong-but-silent type with natural cedar plank siding, red finishes and a silver roof: "Lincoln, an intellectual, houses an extremely humble demeanor. His home is minimalist but full of books. And he's read every single one at least once. Lincoln takes a grassroots approach to life and finds solace in working outdoors. Whether that's reading the latest opinion column or chopping wood for a cozy campfire, Lincoln finds calm each and every time he steps outside. His character is never questioned and his greatest accessory is his signature pair of glasses."
This rustic cabin has a simple, cozy vibe and features some plaids and pops of color. A guestbook asks visitors to share one of their favorite reads.
The 112-square-foot lofted bedroom has both a queen and a twin bed, and an additional queen bed can be found on the 149-square-foot first floor.
With red cedar plank siding and white trim, Scarlett is the epitome of farmhouse charm: "Her home is full of family heirlooms; some proudly bear the memories they've created, and others she took the time to repurpose. Scarlett finds solace in an old way of living and values simplicity and hard work. She connects with each and every animal she meets and prefers when her home is full of those she holds dear."
Light and airy inside, Scarlett's farmhouse feel is accented with vegetable- and plant-inspired decor. Two separate lofts (totaling 94 square feet), each with a queen bed, give this tiny house a roomy feel, and a twin bed on the 139-square-foot first floor sleeps a fifth person.
In the kitchen, a recipe box asks visitors to share one of their favorite recipes — and to take one for the road!