What Is A Cabiminium?

Ever wanted to live amongst the great outdoors in a cozy wood cabin, but do you also fear the upkeep of large acres of nature and the isolation that can accompany them? Cabiminiums, a new housing trend that melds the very best of remote natural living and modern community and convenience, may be exactly the thing you are looking for. While many relish the connection of living rustically amid the mountains and their slower, quieter pace, just as many are charmed by the notion of rustic living amid the beauty and awe of nature, many homeowners aren't quite ready to commit to acres of untamed forest land, seasonable weather fluctuations like snowstorms, and the relative isolation of cabin living.

According to Cowgirl, cabiminiums take their name from exactly where you would think — the combination of the words "cabin" and "condominium." They present a perfect mix of the best from each kind of housing. Usually a single-family structure, these unique homes are situated inside a community of other houses like them. In addition, many feature great community amenities like bodies of water, gathering areas, and private trails for residents to enjoy.

Rustic and low maintenance

While they vary in size and are built closely together, cabiminium living places the heavier burdens of things like lawn care and snow removal on the community and not on the individual homeowner. Like a condo, the proprietor owns the cabin itself and everything within its four walls, but the homeowner's community (paid for by HOA fees) tends to other things like infrastructure, trash removal, landscaping, and other community amenities. This means they are far more low-maintenance for the homeowner than the typical cabin set-up on a plot of land.

This is especially a bonus in rural and mountain areas, which can be subject to harsher wintry conditions that leave many cabin owners stranded and isolated a good part of the year, offering paved and maintained streets, basic infrastructure like power, gas, and water, and necessities like snow removal and tree trimming on a regular basis. While they are a newly developing trend and not yet widely available, these homes, according to Organic Authority, can be found in a number of places throughout the country, including North Carolina, Arizona, and Ohio, but also in Canada.

Intentional communities

Another benefit of cabiminium living may be the aspects of community offered by them, including areas for socialization, recreation, and relaxation not always readily available in isolated rural or mountain settings. If you crave the sort of rustic, idyllic life of mountain living, you may not be willing to live so close to neighbors and the community that such residences typically entail. Additionally, many communities offer things like wellness retreats, concert series, community farms, and wineries that make it feel like you are living in a small town. You can potentially connect with other community members in the same way you might in a traditional condominium. According to Time, these intentional communities are often a favored alternative to other types of living.

Cabiminium settlements are attractive for their social amenities, and many places emphasize green and low-impact living, which often prevents over-development in popular areas with intentionally planned sustainable communities. Moreover, since the areas and the homes are designed from the ground with sustainable goals, they are often a more earth-friendly alternative to rapid construction, resource depletion, and unlimited development in the mountain and rural regions.