While growing up, my best friend and I used to say we were going to live in the same neighborhood one day. While we still haven’t made it happen, a girl can dream! Especially after reading about these best friends who built their own tiny town to grow old together in.
The four couples have spent the last two decades doing everything together and they are thicker than family. Even though they live somewhat close to one another, they don’t get to see each other as much as they want to.
So, they decided to change that by pooling their money together and building a town near the Llano River, just outside of Austin, Texas.
The end goal? To retire and move to their peaceful little best friend city someday in the near future.
The four cabins, dubbed the Llano Exit Strategy, cost $40,000 each.
Outfitted with slanted roofs, reflective walls, and insulated windows, they were designed by Matt Garcia to be energy efficient and affordable.
The homes are super adorable with plenty of wood accents. The interiors were intentionally covered in plywood.
“It’s a high-design finish that doesn’t cost a lot of money,” explained architect Matt Garcia.
The gorgeous cabins measure around 350-square-feet each. Thanks to smart planning, lots of built in shelving and plenty of windows, the cabins feel quite spacious.
Plus, the friends didn’t add a kitchen to each cabin; instead they created one large communal kitchen.
In addition, there’s lots of shelving for books and other odds and ends, making storage a breeze.
A plethora of windows lets in lots of light, along with the surrounding natural scenery. Each cabin is specifically designed to offer the best view possible, with no cabin blocking another cabin’s view.
The roof is designed to collect rainwater, which filters into water barrels capable of storing up to 5,000 gallons total. This allows them to enjoy a natural supply of water to take showers and enjoy modern day comforts.
“This is a magical place, but it’s arid. We’re doing what we can to reserve as much water as possible for the native trees and grasses,” shares resident Fred Zipp.
Everything serves a purpose. For instance, the corrugated steel exteriors reflect sunlight so that the interiors stay cooler in the hot Texas summers.
Instead of adding a kitchen to every single house, the friends created a 1500-square-foot communal gathering space for cooking and serving up delicious meals.
This is one of the few spaces where the friends decided to go big – adding a full-size fridge and a commercial-style range. A black granite countertop separates the dining area and living room.
While some features of the communal kitchen are upgraded, most of the aesthetics in the communal area match that of the smaller cabins – there are lots of windows letting in natural light and beautiful exposed plywood everywhere.
They also included a small guest bedroom – because they do have other friends and family outside of their core group. They included bunk beds and a spacious octagonal wooden picnic table.
The friends haven’t moved in just yet, and they still have some things to do – like plant their vegetable garden. But they are excited for what their self-made community has in store for them one day soon.
“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,” said resident Jodi Zipp.
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It’s easy to look at this group and think FRIENDSHIP GOALS! So, how can you score the same level of companionship in your own life? Here are some tips to live by:
1. Be Yourself
Friends that last a lifetime love you for who you are, not who you pretend to be. Be yourself and attract friends that love you for who you are, these are the friendships that last a lifetime. Plus, who wants to pretend to be someone they’re not for several decades?
2. Admit When You’re Wrong & Be Willing to Say Sorry
Any longstanding friendship is going to have a feud or two. In order to get past that you must be willing to forgive and apologize. It’s equally important to see when you’re wrong and understand where your friend is coming from – even if it’s not the same place you’re coming from.
3. Know When To Walk Away
Not every friendship is worth hanging on to. Knowing which friendships are worth your time and which aren’t will let you reserve your time and energy for the relationships that matter most. Remember, quality is so much more important than quantity.
4. Be Compassionate and Give More Than You Take
Strive to be a great friend without expectations for getting things back in return. Show compassion to your friends and be there for them whenever they need it.
If the friendship is worth it, in the end, you’ll get back everything you put in and more.