Area builder sees potential in tiny homes in Beatty

Richard Stephens / Special for the Pahrump Valley Times
Construction crews work on a group of small houses to be installed in Beatty on March 12, 2020. Richard Stephens / Special for the Pahrump Valley Times
Construction crews work on a group of small houses to be installed in Beatty on March 12, 2020. Terry Fisher, owner of a hemp farm in the Amargosa Valley, is behind the project. Richard Stephens / Special for the Pahrump Valley Times
Construction is progressing on a group of small houses in Beatty. Builder Terry Fisher is betting big on small houses in Beatty, building a group of them on the corner of Highway 95 and McDonald’s.
Fisher, who also owns a hemp farm in the Amargosa Valley, was introduced to Beatty when he was hired by Ed Ringle to do renovations at the Stagecoach Hotel and the Exchange Club Motel.
He said he came to see Beatty as an “incredible opportunity, with housing demand fueled by multiple factors: Death Valley tourism, outdoor recreation, and the snowbird phenomenon.” Housing for the miners will also be needed when the mines currently under development start operating, and it signals a housing shortage in Beatty.
Fisher says snowbirds are a huge potential market for small houses, as they represent a population, mostly empty nests, that are already used to adapting to the smaller living space that motorhomes offer.
Most of them, Fisher says, establish a winter and summer base, returning to the same places each year. He sees small houses as a great inexpensive alternative to large and expensive motorhomes.
“They can buy a small house for half what they would pay for a motorhome,” says Fisher, “and they can rent them as b & bs through a local real estate agent for half the year they are away, which can pay off your mortgage, so you actually get a free summer home or vacation. ”
Another savings, he argues, is not having the high maintenance costs associated with motorhomes.
The small two-story houses are being built on concrete pillars because, although there has been no significant flooding in that part of Beatty for over 50 years, the lot is technically in a flood area. A retaining wall is being built around the property, and the ground level will be raised so that the houses are a standard distance above the ground.
Fisher says he already has potential buyers, local and elsewhere, for some of the small houses. He considers them “the wave of the future”.
These will not be the first small houses in Beatty. Bobby and Ann Marchand have a couple of them that are popular b & b rentals. Several other properties in Beatty are also operating as b & b.
Richard Stephens is a freelance reporter who lives at Beatty.

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