Tiny Homes Planned at Just-Bought Bay Area RV Site

Shown is the entrance to Garlic Farm RV Park, 5878 Garlic Farm Drive, Gilroy, Calif. A Central Valley manufactured housing firm has bought a Gilroy RV complex where the company intends to build numerous tiny homes in an effort to create affordable residences in Silicon Valley. (Photo credit: Google Maps)

A Central Valley manufactured housing firm has bought a big Gilroy RV complex where the company intends to build numerous tiny homes in an effort to create affordable residences in Silicon Valley, according to a report by George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury News.

Harmony Communities, acting through multiple affiliates, has bought a Gilroy site that at present is the location of Garlic Farm RV Park, according to Santa Clara County public documents filed on Jan. 6.

“The park, located 25 miles from San Jose, contains 158 spaces, which will be gradually converted to affordable, attractive tiny home lots,” Harmony Communities said in comments provided to this news organization.

The redevelopment of the park as a site for tiny homes represents a significant effort to create affordable housing in the South Bay. “This conversion will bring the largest influx of affordable homes the area has seen in the last 20 years,” said Matthew Davies, president and founder of Harmony Communities.

The affiliates of Harmony Communities paid $9 million for the property, county documents show. The just-purchased site is located at 5878 Garlic Farm Drive in Gilroy and totals 8.7 acres, according to property records.

Stockton-based Harmony Communities will also install solar power to supply the entire park by the end of 2021. The system 518-kilowatt system will produce 800,000 kilowatts annually, supplying 95 percent of energy needed by the park’s residents, the park’s new owners estimated.

Harmony Communities began installing solar panels in its California communities in 2012, eight years prior to the enactment of a state law that requires solar panels on all newly constructed homes.

The new statewide law doesn’t apply to manufactured homes. But Harmony Communities points to energy-saving successes at some of its complexes such as Santa Nella Mobile Home Park in the Merced County of Gustine.

The installation of solar panels at the Santa Nella complex cut electric bill costs by 87% in 2019 and are projected to save over $3 million over the next 25 years, Harmony Communities estimated.Harmony Communities is convinced that the development of tiny homes at the site will help make a dent in the affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area.

“We’re providing affordable housing for more than 100 families in an area where the median home price is over $800,000,” Davies said.

See the Mercury News report here.