I'm new to the forum and was hoping to get some advice.
My girlfriend and I are a young couple looking to buy our first home here in Massachusetts. It's been a difficult search, even with a budget of over $200k that still doesn't get us much here as it's an expensive state to live in and purchase a home.
She has been really into the whole tiny home craze, but I've been saying to her for awhile that although it's a good thing that people are starting to become more interested in downsizing, I feel for what they are, and due to the fad aspect they are overpriced and not very practical. I've seen them range from 70k to over 100k! We go trailer camping with my family every summer, and have a blast. I feel that campers are a much better option than a tiny home. More affordable, decades of innovation, and best of all the option to move and travel should we want to. We live comfortably in our camper throughout the summer, it's just her and I and our dog, so we don't need much more space than that, at least while we are still young with our one furry child. So that brings me to my questions...
We have been looking at the Jay Flight Bungalow and really like it:
along with a few other larger destination trailers. But being we live in a harsh winter climate in Massachusetts we don't have any options for all year campgrounds here. I know we can't just buy a plot of land and park it there and live in it because it's not a fixed structure and can't be taxed on. So what are the logistics involved in buying one to live in year round in one location? Our jobs currently don't permit us to travel around long term, can we make it work here or would we need to relocate down south or out west and live in an all year campground? Most of the trailer parks near us are age restricted so we are too young to qualify. Can we build a foundation on a small plot of land and turn it into a fixed structure and live here in MA?
It's just an idea we are looking into but aren't sure how to go about it or if it's even possible here. If she would be happy with a tiny home and we really enjoy camper living, why not save some money and go with a Bungalow instead? If people can build tiny homes and live in them I don't see why we couldn't do the same with a destination trailer. But I've also heard there has been some push back and restrictions on tiny homes as well, square footage and so on... Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you - Danny.