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October 05, 2018

“East side tiny homes to offer short-term rentals” – Nashville Post

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Written by: William Williams / Published 05 October 2018

Work is slated to begin in November on what will be Nashville’s first tiny home community with a hotel-esque model.

To be located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Riverside Drive and Rosebank Avenue (across Riverside from Grillshack Fries and Burgers) in East Nashville, the future six tiny homes will be billed as short-term rental structures.

Nashville-based companies Paragon Group and New Frontier Tiny Homes are undertaking the project, which eventually could include additional small structures. The first six microhomes (an example is pictured) will range in size from 250 square feet to 350 square feet.

Of note, Paragon Managing Partner Zac Thomas is a co-founder with David Latimer of New Frontier. Relatedly, Thomas teams with Brett Diaz to oversee Paragon.

Latimer said there are few similar offerings elsewhere in the country and even fewer are located in or near cities. One exception is found in Portland, Oregon.

“We’re exploring options for the project but the plan now is to use a keyless, short-term-rental model,” he said.

Latimer said the site’s proximity to Walden, the mixed-use node located on Eastland Avenue and recognized as the home to restaurants The Wild Cow and Graze, among others, is a bonus. He said starting with six microhomes is a practical move to test the concept.

“We’ll see how it goes and we might add units down the line,” he said, adding no buildings will need to be razed to accommodate the homes.

Of note, the homes will be placed on foundations and not on wheels. A master permit has been applied for.

Latimer said the team is not ready to disclose the cost to undertake the project or the future short-term rates of the tiny homes. Similarly, the project does not yet have a name. The address is 999 Riverside Drive.

Latimer and Thomas started New Frontier in 2016, with the company having since garnered some national media attention, including via Dwell, Architectural Digest and Good Morning America.