Forget the Ritz and the Westin. The coolest place to stay in Sarasota, Fla., at the moment is the tiny-house resort called Tiny Siesta, a collection of 10 or so tiny houses that people rent for the night, like a hotel room. It’s an idea whose time has come.

Sarasota Magazine reported that cable TV now has entire shows devoted to tiny houses. For the still uninitiated, they are little houses on wheels. You don’t drive them around, but rather park your tiny house somewhere, usually rural, and live in it full-time. Tiny-house people are usually young and a little counterculture.

What makes a tiny house so fascinating is the cleverness of the interior design. An incredible amount of livability is packed into less than 300 square feet. One of the Tiny Siesta houses even has three bedrooms, or, more correctly, three sleeping areas. Every inch is utilized, often for more than one purpose, and a tour through a tiny house can take a while, since there are so many little gimmicks to discover.

Tiny Siesta is the brainchild of Jeremy Ricci, an investor who specializes in vacation rentals. When he acquired a sliver of an old RV park, he thought, why not tiny houses? He bought several of them, but now he has them made to his own specifications by Amish carpenters in Ohio and towed down.

Each one is a little different. The Siesta Lifeguard Stand has a replica of its namesake, painted the same bright yellow—there’s also a red one—serving as an enclosed front porch. Open the front door and you’re in a teensy dining area, with two stools up against a counter made from a surfboard.

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