Tiny homes have gone from novelty to a near necessity as homeownership remains out of reach for many.

Lennar is a major production builder with developments across the country. Its Elm Trails subdivision in San Antonio is its first tiny home community, featuring two floor plans under 665 square feet.

Lennar’s one-bedroom, two-bathroom model is priced just under $163,000.

“Lennar has a long history of innovation and of allowing local leaders to develop offerings unique to individual markets. In San Antonio, we’ve really focused on affordability and keeping the cost of homeownership accessible to first-time buyers,” Lennar San Antonio division president Brian Barron tells Builder. “It’s no secret that small-footprint homes have gained a following across the country, and we wanted to see if we could do that at scale here in San Antonio.”

The development is located outside city limits where the builder had “greater flexibility to experiment with homesite sizes.” (Many cities currently outlaw the structures, though that’s beginning to change.)

Communities such as these could help address affordability, and if the model proves out, we could expect to see more of them. There’s ample, affordable land beyond city limits. With a community propane system, it would be easy to connect whole neighborhoods of tiny homes to a clean-burning fuel source.

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