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Meet Jon Block of Tiny House Block in Mount Laguna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Block.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In November 2018, my sister Melissa and I purchased a rundown RV park to create San Diego’s first-ever tiny house village. Melissa had eight years of experience with real estate investments and had gotten the vision for a tiny house village when she saw Martha’s Vineyard Gingerbread Houses.

During those same eight years, I had produced music & arts festivals as well as transformational seminars, creating community and unifying people through shared experiences. I also had a growing interest in minimalism, speaking on the topic at events.

We put our first tiny house up on Airbnb in January 2019. It was themed “Crystal Zen.” Melissa chooses the homes and decorates them to each theme. Because of the snow-packed winter of Mount Laguna, we were busy right away and had to endure major challenges with setting up – and maintaining – plumbing and electrical during this time.

We were blessed to have a small but dedicated staff, including our maintenance man Jeff, who helped see this project through to its current state of 16 tiny houses on the property. I manages the short-term renters (Airbnb) and extended renters (30 days or longer) along with our village manager Seo (pronounced “Say-Oh”). We named the village after ourselves: Tiny House Block.

In addition to the 16 tiny houses, there are 9 additional lots available. You can rent houses for one night to month-to-month. If you own a tiny house, you can also park it here in one of the empty spots. We are located on Sunrise Highway, right on the Pacific Crest Trail, and we have a restaurant on-site called Pine House Cafe & Tavern.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
From a zoning standpoint, we had to secure approval from the County to recognize these are tiny houses on wheels (THOW’s) and hence under the same jurisdiction as RV Park.

Snow was a major challenge. Getting plumbing and electrical setup during the snow, and in the mountains, where we are very far away from everything. It’s not like the city!

Some Airbnb guests who were very unforgiving of us at first.

On-site staff who did not take cleanliness seriously. Thankfully, we resolved that one and have a great crew now!

Please tell us about Tiny House Block – what should we know?
At Tiny House Block, we provide one-night minimum and extended 30 days or longer-stays. We are the only tiny house village in Southern California. We specialize in the novelty of tiny house living.

We are in the beautiful mountains of San Diego, which is obviously much better known for its beaches. We are a largely undiscovered diamond right in the backyard of San Diego.

I’m proud of the fact we can provide a respite from the big-city grind. I’m proud of the deep conversations that have happened at THB that have resulted in lasting bonds. I’m proud of our community bonfires and dinners.

What sets us apart is that we deeply care about our people and want each person to have a fantastic experience with us at Tiny House Block, whether’s it’s for one-night or (hopefully) longer!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
– Obsessive dedication to creating the best experience possible for our guests

– Integrity

– Caring about and implementing customer feedback

– Teamwork

Pricing:

  • Short-Term Ranges from $45 to $100 per night plus cleaning & other fees
  • Extended Stay ranges from $1100 to $1500 per month

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