Could You Live in a Tiny Home Community With Your Best Friends?

a row of colorful tiny houses in a rural area, each with their own front door and small porch deck
Would You Be Neighbors With Your Bestie? Michele Jackson - Getty Images

If you clicked on this story, there's a good chance you love to do everything with your best friend. (Check out the latest deals at your favorite antique store? Veg out on the couch with your latest streaming obsession? Nothing at all? Check, check, and check.) But, in 2011, four couples took their friendship a step further by creating an adorable community called "Bestie Row."

Located on a 10-acre lot that's a stone's throw away from Austin, Texas, "Bestie Row" is filled with a handful of tiny homes built by local architect Matt Garcia. Designed to resemble a modern barn, this compound certainly has plenty of Southern hospitality. But "Bestie Row" is eco-friendly, too. As Garcia told Garden & Gun back in 2014, each of the 350-square-foot tiny homes are designed to be energy-efficient, thanks to its insulation made with heavy-duty spray foam and cantilevered “butterfly” roof that capture rainwater.

Though "Bestie Row's" committed to innovative, energy-efficient design is certainly something to celebrate, this community originally went viral because honestly, living with your best friends sounds awesome. (There's even a 1,500-square-foot common area so you can spend some quality time with your inner circle.) Fun fact: "Bestie Row" was even previously listed on Airbnb—talk about the perfect place for a friend retreat.

But, over a decade after "Bestie Row" was built, the compound is going viral once again thanks to a recent post from Pubity. When the popular Instagram account asked if its 34.8 million followers would do something similar with their friends, the answers varied. On the one hand, a few fans were totally on board. For example, one commenter tagged some friends and wrote, "Shall we?" However, several people were convinced the novelty would wear off quickly. "It would be chaos if the group chat had a compound together," one wrote. Another said, "I feel like it would be good for a while but then get super annoying..."

Naturally there were other fans with rather...well, colorful thoughts on "Bestie Row." "Things are gonna turn into Fight Club soon," one viewer wrote. Meanwhile, another fan was convinced the inhabitants were "100 percent swingers." For a darker take on the setup, one follower simply said, "Horror movie plot."

The most important question: Could you live with all your besties? Drop this in your group chat and let us know what everyone thinks!

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