The most common way of living outside of traditional housing is via cabins, or recreational vehicles such as tents, caravans or motor-homes. With an increasing number of people living this way, options are still limited for permanent sites.
Cabins are a more acceptable form of permanent accommodation. Granny flats can be built in many suburban back yards, subject to council permission. Cabins can also be included as permanent housing in some caravan parks or residential villages. The rules vary from park to park, but generally the cabin is owned by the resident, and the site is owned by the park. The resident pays weekly site fees, that can be as expensive as renting a unit.
Adelaide has a few caravan parks for permanent or long stay residents; Woodcroft Park, Sturt River Park, and Virginia Residential Park. Others, if zoned as tourist parks, can’t take long term residents. It depends on the zoning for the park, so it’s worth asking.
This means if through necessity, or just a desire to downsize and simplify living, it may be difficult to find a permanent or long stay site. Council and state laws regarding living in caravans, or tiny houses on a trailer base, vary widely, and that’s including in rural areas. Although it’s acceptable to park a caravan in the front yard, or on a property, living in it is another matter.
If anyone has information on permanent places to stay, in a car, RV or tiny home, please leave a message. The reason people live in tiny homes is often financial, so expensive site fees cancel out the benefits.
We haven’t thought outside the square of fixed, bricks and mortar on a block of land. To accommodate people from a diverse range of circumstances, and to make homelessness history, we need to look at more affordable options for land use. Portable tiny homes have a light footprint.
Options for off grid living will be examined next.