2017-10-04 / Front Page

‘Tiny house’ open house generates big interest in Bellows Falls

The Little Sprout tiny home, which generated a large turnout during a recent open house, will again be open for visits on Oct. 8 in Bellows Falls.  — COURTESY PHOTOThe Little Sprout tiny home, which generated a large turnout during a recent open house, will again be open for visits on Oct. 8 in Bellows Falls. — COURTESY PHOTOBELLOWS FALLS — On Labor Day weekend, a real estate open house took place in the Rockingham area. But instead of the usual dozen-or-so attendees, more than 250 people showed up, according to a press release.

Why? Because it was an open house for The Little Sprout, the unique and innovative 256-square-foot “tiny house” just completed in Bellows Falls.

So Barrett and Valley Real Estate are doing it again; the company will host a second open house from noon until 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7 Green Street in Bellows Falls.

“The turnout was extraordinary,” says Phil Atwood, broker at Barrett and Valley, which manned the open house. “One expects a few attendees at an open house, not several hundred.”

The Little Sprout has garnered regional attention as an innovative tool for downtown revitalization, according to the press release. The home is built on a permanent foundation with a 4-foot-high storage basement, and sports bamboo flooring, 8-foot interior walls with a 12-foot vaulted ceiling, all-new appliances including washer/dryer, solid cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, and it sits on a roomy lot in a pleasant neighborhood.

The Little Sprout was designed by Holly Bartel. Bartel lives in a tiny house in the village herself, and finds the lifestyle perfect for young professionals or for seniors looking to downsize.

“Tiny houses very compelling for many people,” Bartel said, according to the press release. “If you want a comfortable place to live, but have little interest in maintaining a large home and property, it may be the perfect choice for you.”

“Tiny house living is not for everybody — the two comments we heard most often at the last open house were, ‘It’s so cute’ and ‘I’d have to get rid of a lot of stuff,’” said local artist and entrepreneur Charlie Hunter, Bartel’s partner in Big Enough LLC, the company that built the home. “But we know that it is going to be a perfect fit for someone.”

“Bellows Falls is an incredibly attractive place for a person who wants to live in a walkable community,” Hunter continued. “There’s a great, vibrant mix of people in town. There is plenty going on, from live music to theater to movies. And the fact that all this — and all services — are within easy walking distance from one’s home makes Bellows Falls the perfect place to create tiny houses.”

As an inducement to draw those curious about The Little Sprout, there will be a raffle with choice of prizes: A gallon of Vermont maple syrup or a signed VISIT BELLOWS FALLS print by Hunter.

For more information about The Little Sprout, contact Barrett and Valley’s Chester office at (802) 875-2323, or visit bigenoughhouses.com.


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