If you’re lucky enough to have a close-knit group of best friends, than you already know how much it means to be able to spend time together. But, with all the demands of
modern life adulthood, it can be hard to find time to schedule in a phone call with your BFF, let alone schedule in some quality time with them.
The dream, of course, is to move into the home next door to theirs; that way, you can nip over for a cuppa whenever you want, or cook dinner for one another, or slob about in your PJs watching telly all weekend long.
So that’s exactly what these eight life-long pals in Texas, USA, decided to do.
After being friends for more than 20 years, the gang – made up of four couples – decided to build a community of tiny houses so that they could all be each other’s neighbour.
They bought land by the Llano river, about an hour outside of Austin, hired architect Matt Garcia, and asked him to build four small and sustainable homes – along with a 1,500 square foot communal building, featuring a kitchen, dining room, guest room, and activity space.
Garcia came up trumps, and they’ve since dubbed the space the ‘Llano Exit Strategy’, or, ‘Bestie Row’.
The individual houses, which were designed with environmental impact in mind, are all around 400 square foot; they are made up of a double bed, kitchenette, and bathroom, and cost around $40,000 (approx.. £31,892) each.
Galvanised metal siding and spray foam insulation helps keep things cool in the summer, and retain heat in the winter. Meanwhile sloped rooftops catch rainwater in runoff tanks; after all, these pals have set up home in the desert – and, in an arid climate like that, every single drop counts.
“When we first looked at it, it was not that inviting,” Fred Zipp, who lives in one of the homes with his wife, Jodi, told Garden and Gun magazine.
“[But] this is a magical place.”
Jodi added: “It’s like a Disney movie out here. We have hare, bobcat, deer, and all kinds of birds.
“As we spend more and more time here, we find more and more.”
The friends do not live in the homes full-time at the moment, but spend holidays – including 4 July and Thanksgiving – in Bestie Row.
When they retire, they fully intend to decamp to their desert home and live out their days together. In the meantime, however, they’re more than happy to let you and your BFFs move in – temporarily, that is.
For £867 per night, you can rent out the complex via Airbnb; visit the listing and start planning your trip to Texas immediately.