Thirteen small homes create a courtyard community focused on creating a comfortable atmosphere with less impact on the environment. Designed for maximum flexibility in a small footprint, these affordable, one–bedroom homes contain the best of small-home living. (Haga clic aquí para información en español)
Tempe Micro Estates is designed as an ‘intentional community,’ where residents share the desire to interact with their neighbors. Each home is small and private, but the sense of community around it is big.
Innovative and affordable, these homes are part of a Community Land Trust, providing resident controlled homes on community-owned land. The site features a 900-square foot Common Room near the front of the property providing a place to gather, share meals, relax, and interact with neighbors and friends. Each home faces a central courtyard, featuring Sonoran Desert-friendly landscape design, including: orchard and shade trees; native and edible plants; and, space for each resident to manage their own on-site kitchen garden for growing fresh, healthy foods.
The Estates are conveniently located near light rail and the future Tempe Streetcar, and are close to employment, shopping, healthcare, and entertainment.
All unit designs and project details are subject to change.
Applications for purchasing a home at Tempe Micro Estates are now open. Please review application and eligibility requirements closely.
- 600 sq. ft. homes with full-size appliances
- Personal patio to relax and enjoy coffee or tea
- Bright space with windows that open to take advantage of mild weather
- On-site, individual “kitchen gardens”
- Well-insulated and efficient systems designed to ‘sip’ A/C and heat
- Low embodied energy, small carbon footprint, and low-waste construction
- Locally-manufactured materials, as available
- Homes designed to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® Home Performance Certification
- Low-ongoing ownership costs: easy maintenance, quality materials
- Centrally located: easy to walk, bike, or take transit to every-day necessities
- Common Room: 900 sq. ft. community space
- Provides indoor and outdoor gathering spaces
- Encourages shared meals with community kitchen
- Houses mailboxes, tool sharing, book and game library
- Contains laundry facilities, with greywater feature that feeds landscaping and an option for line drying
- Utilizes rainwater harvesting cistern with low-impact design to “plant the rain”
- Innovative landscaping: all on-site vegetation is edible or native flora to support a low-carbon lifestyle
- Secure, safe, and welcoming community
- Flexible open-space and on-site parking
Towards the common room and the parking area.
Lofted Home Elevation
Lofted Home Floorplan
Common Room Elevation
Accessible Home Floorplan
Common Room Floorplan
With Proposed Landscaping
Tempe Micro Estates Home Buyer Information Meeting Presentation
Newtown held a buyer interest meeting on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Tempe Public Library for more than 90 interested individuals. Below is the presentation from that event.
Draft Community Documents
Last updated 12 December 2019
Last updated 18 June 2019
Last updated 11 July 2019
An copy of our Community Land Trust Ground Lease
A collection of documents that outline the site plan, floor plans, elevations, and some construction details for the development.
- ASU Now - "From a 'humble' vision to micro-estates" (February 25, 2020)
- Arizona Republic - "Tempe's 600 square-foot micro homes get underway; boasts affordability" (February 20, 2020)
- KJZZ 'The Show' - "'Micro Estates' Planned To Bring A Community Together" (November 7, 2019)
- La Voz Arizona - "Comunidad de 'mini casas' bonitas y baratas se construye en Tempe ¿está interesado en una?" (August 1, 2019)
- Arizona Republic - "Big interest in tiny homes: Tempe developer adds more community meetings on development" (July 30, 2019)
- Arizona Republic - "Want to own a tiny home in Tempe? Here's how to get in line" (July 24, 2019)
- Channel 12 – “Crews building ‘mini estates’ in Tempe” (April 3, 2018)
- Arizona Republic – “With rents on rise, Tempe makes room for ‘tiny homes’ on city-owned land” (April 3, 2018) (Modified and republished to USA Today)
- KJZZ – “Tempe Moves Ahead On Affordable ‘Humble Homes’ Project” (January 23, 2018)
- ASU State Press – “Tiny homes aim to help tackle Tempe’s not-so-tiny housing problem” (April 11, 2018
- Channel 10 – “Tempe hops on the tiny house train” (April 3, 2018)
Links to Background Information
- Apache Character Area Plan
- Apache Boulevard Redevelopment Area Plan
- ASU EPICS Project Report entitled “Humble Homes”
- City of Tempe RFP for ‘Affordable Housing Project Modeled after a Tiny Home Community’
- City of Tempe Memorandum on Small/Tiny House Community (6 August, 2015)
- City of Tempe Memorandum on Small/Tiny House Community (16 June, 2016)
- City of Tempe Memorandum on Small/Tiny House Community (25 May, 2017)
Disclaimers / Legal
Renderings & images of homes are purely for illustrative purposes and should not be relied upon. These images may not accurately represent the actual condition of a home as constructed, and may contain options which are not standard on all homes. Images may also include decorative items, design elements and furniture which are not available for purchase even upon additional payment. The specific features, floor plans, square footage, dimensions and design elements in a home may vary from home to home and are subject to changes or substitution without prior notice. We reserve the right to substitute equipment, material, appliances and brand names with items of equal or higher, in our sole opinion, value. Color and size variations may occur. The prices of our homes, included features, and available locations are subject to change without notice. All photographs, renderings and other depictions are for the sole purpose of illustration.
Floor Plans & Elevations
Plans and elevations are artist’s renderings only, may not accurately represent the actual condition of a home as constructed. We reserve the right to make changes to these floor plans, specifications, dimensions, designs and elevations without prior notice. Stated dimensions and square footage are estimated and should not be used as representation of the home’s actual size or net usable square footage which may be less than the estimated square footage. All photographs, renderings and other depictions are for the sole purpose of illustration.
All prices are subject to change without notice.
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