53°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Area builder sees potential in tiny homes in Beatty

Builder Terry Fisher is betting big on tiny homes in Beatty, constructing a cluster of them on the corner of Highway 95 and McDonald.

Fisher, who also owns a hemp farm in Amargosa Valley, was introduced to Beatty by being hired by Ed Ringle to do renovations on the Stagecoach Hotel and Exchange Club Motel.

He said he came to see Beatty as an “amazing opportunity, with a demand for housing driven by multiple factors: Death Valley tourism, outdoor recreation, and the snowbird phenomenon. Housing will also be needed for miners when mines currently under development begin operation, and he points to a housing shortage in Beatty.

Fisher says that snowbirds are a great potential market for tiny homes, since they represent a population, mostly empty nesters, who are already accustomed to adapting to the smaller living space afforded by motorhomes.

Most of them, says Fisher, establish a winter and summer base, returning to the same places seasonally each year. He sees tiny homes as a great economical alternative to the large, expensive motorhomes.

“They can buy a tiny home for half of what they would pay for a motorhome,” says Fisher, “And they can rent them out as b&b’s through a local realtor for the half of the year they are away, which can pay for their mortgage, so they are effectively getting a summer or vacation home for free.”

Another savings, he argues, is not having the heavy maintenance costs associated with motorhomes.

The two-story tiny homes are being constructed atop cement pillars because, although there has not been significant flooding in that part of Beatty for over 50 years, the lot is technically in a flood area. A retaining wall is being built around the property, and the soil level will be raised so that the homes will be a standard distance above ground.

Fisher says he already has potential buyers, local and from elsewhere, for some of the tiny homes. He considers them “the wave of the future.”

These will not be the first tiny homes in Beatty. Bobby and Ann Marchand have a pair of them that are popular b&b rentals. A number of other properties in Beatty are also operating as b&b’s.

Richard Stephens is a freelance reporter living in Beatty.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
A heartwarming Winter Bed Build

The Nye County Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace hosted its very first Winter Community Bed Build last month and group members were not disappointed by the results.

GridLiance proposes transmission line upgrades

GridLiance is planning some major upgrades for its local transmission system and while these could certainly help support solar expansion, company officials stressed that the two proposed projects are in no way dependent upon such development.

NCSO: Two-vehicle collision claims life of Pahrump child

A Pahrump family is mourning the death of a child killed in a two-vehicle collision early Friday evening, Feb. 23. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 160 and Homestead Road just after 8 p.m.

Valley aquifer could reach “critical management” levels by 2055

After many months of painstaking research and calculations, a date has been placed on when the Pahrump Valley’s sole-source aquifer could reach critical management, with officials pegging the timeline at somewhere between the year 2055 and 2060. However, it was emphasized that this is an estimation and with so many variables at play, there is a possibility it could change.

How an injured and abandoned dog in Pahrump overcame the odds

A stray dog that was homeless, hospitalized and facing euthanasia earlier this month is now on the mend thanks to several in the community who helped raise thousands for its life-saving care.

Kellogg Park set for $70k expansion — here are the plans

The town of Pahrump is poised to purchase a parcel adjoining the lands dedicated to Kellogg Park, with a $70,000 offer for the 4.39 acre lot at 3781 E. Santovito St.

Guns, drugs, cash recovered in search could be part of crime ring, sheriff says

Officials from the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Unit are assisting the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest and investigation of a man allegedly found possessing a hoard of guns, drugs and cash, according to Sheriff Joe McGill.

No same-day registration for Nye’s next live tax sale

Nye County is coming up on its next delinquent property tax sale and there is going to be a big change to the process — for the first time, there will be no same-day registration available.