SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - It's a micro-sized response to some of the largest problems Californians are now facing - housing affordability and homelessness.
More people are beginning to sit up and take notice of tiny homes, which are powered by two small electric cords, providing a more eco-friendly and affordable housing option.
A small but growing number of San Diegans are opting to downsize their lives.
Millennial Ben Rawson is the mastermind behind Brent Murphy's tiny 224-square-feet cozy home, along with a number of other similar customized dwellings.
Rawson's designs save space and dramatically reduce the homeowner's carbon footprint.
The tiny homes could be a way of life that addresses the housing affordability crisis and may also help provide a viable solution for the homeless.
The average tiny house costs around $50,000. The tiny homes currently in San Diego are under 400-square-feet and fall into a legal gray area when it comes to zoning.
Rawson said he currently builds according to the recreational vehicle guidelines.
While the legalities play out, Rawson has partnered with a developer and they are planning to debut a development of the cost-effective homes somewhere in North County.
"We are pretty confident we are going to be able to establish the first community of more than just one tiny house," he said.
He is equally confident that dwellings like tiny houses, which celebrate small-scale living, will eventually take off on a large scale.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Beginning Thursday through July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the country. This new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary admission to any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman once per year, for the military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.
A San Diego family is continuing their fight for justice for their son after his accused killer, a twice deported undocumented immigrant, fled to Mexico.
Cooler than normal temperatures continue through Saturday. Marine layer clouds scatter by Friday afternoon, but persist through Saturday.
Amid an uptick of shootings across San Diego, on Thursday, community came together to discuss ways to stop gun violence in San Diego neighborhoods.
Crews dousing the smoldering remnants of a roughly 60-acre wildfire near Pala Casino had the burn area 100 percent contained Thursday night.
A terrifying scene played out in La Mesa earlier this week when an eighth grader was chased by a man with machetes on her way to school. The man accused – who allegedly had two machetes as he chased the 13-year-old girl – was shot by police and on Thursday was charged under unusual circumstances.
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