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Best Friends Build Themselves a Tiny Town

Four couples built a small lakefront town so they could grow old together.

sustainable mini village

There comes a point in certain friendships when you realize you are probably going to be friends forever. I am lucky enough to have 6 of these friends, who I love with in upper Manhattan, spread across two apartments. Before you ask, yes, it is a lot like an episode of Friends.

Four couples that have been friends for 20 years share the same sentiment, and have pooled their money and built a tiny town just for themselves. The settlement, called ‘Llano Exit Strategy’ consists of four tiny cabins facing the Llano river outside Austin, Texas. Each cabin cost roughly $40,000 to make, and was designed to be as sustainable as possible. They feature slanted roofs that collect rainwater (up to 5,000 gallons), and reflective walls to keep out unwanted heat in the summer. The interiors are made of plywood as well, which is super cheap and give the homes a spacious feel.

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The group of friends plan to retire together, off the grid. Honestly I can’t think of anything I would want more than to spend my silver years surrounded by friends in the middle of the desert.

sustainable mini village

sustainable mini village

sustainable mini village

sustainable mini village


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