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.
One person was reported dead Monday after a vehicle went off the San Diego I-5 Freeway in National City and a man apparently from that vehicle ran across freeway lanes, authorities said.
A woman was transported to the hospital Sunday after being bitten by a rattlesnake on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach, according to a spokesperson for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
The investigation continues into the tragic killing of a pregnant mother and her two young daughters in Colorado. The girls' father remains behind bars accused in their deaths.
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There was a special reunion in La Jolla on Sunday with surf dog Ricochet jumping on a surfboard with quadriplegic surfer Patrick Ivison. Ivison surfed with Ricochet 10 years ago and they got to chance the ride the waves together once again.
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On Saturday, the community of Alpine turned out to help the victims of the devastating West Fire. Dozens packed the Alpine Community Center for a special fundraiser hosted by News 8’s Shawn Styles.
A suspected drunken motorist in a Mercedes Benz on Sunday suffered "numerous serious facial injuries" in the Skyline community of San Diego when he crashed his vehicle into a house, which sustained minor damage, a police officer said.
Military officials on Saturday identified the San Diego- based Marine at the center of a search in the seas southeast of the Philippines that was called off earlier this week.