Tiny Tel land

Lisa Lamping is planning a tiny house motel on property she and her husband, Vernon, own along Harbor Drive.

WARRENTON — Lisa and Vernon Lamping are planning a tiny home motel along Harbor Drive.

Tiny Tel would include seven tiny homes on raised foundations surrounding a communal fire pit on a lot the Lampings own near the southeast corner of Harbor Drive and King Avenue.


Lisa Lamping is planning a seven-unit tiny home vacation rental at the corner of Harbor Drive and King Avenue in Warrenton.

“It would be like a miniresort,” Lisa Lamping said.

The units, being made by Tiny Smart House in Albany, are 12 by 28 feet and include sleeping lofts, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Four will include jacuzzis. One will be especially designed for disabled accessibility. Some will be pet-friendly. The units will be delivered early next year.

The couple had been trying to build townhouses on the lot, within a flood zone, but the idea didn’t pan out, Lisa Lamping said. They were introduced to Nathan Light Watson, owner of Tiny Smart House, by Kevin Cronin, Warrenton’s community development director.

Most of his work is residential and recreational in nature, Watson said, but tiny house hotels are popping up all over. He has worked on Tiny Tranquility, a tiny home and vintage RV park in Waldport, and The Hiatus tiny house neighborhood in Bend.

“I think it’s something Warrenton needs,” Watson said. “They don’t have anything but Shilo (Inn) for renters and the (Fort Stevens) State Park, which is always full.”

The Lampings’ project won’t add long-term rentals to the area’s mix of housing. But Watson has advocated for tiny homes as part of the solution to the region’s housing crunch.

Cronin has been trying to introduce policies that expand the mix of housing in Warrenton. “I think it’s a brilliant concept,” he said.

He noted a similar development called Sheltered Nook in Bay City, with six tiny homes arrayed around a central fire pit.

“You’re serving an untapped market,” Cronin said.

The Lampings recently closed down their company, Airport Crab Pot Co., and were looking for investments to help with their retirement. Tiny residential homes didn’t appeal to her, Lisa Lamping said, but the area’s higher-than-average occupancy rates presented an opportunity. Lisa Lamping is also involved with Clatsop News, a community news website.

“Our hope is to do this one and then do a partnership with the builder down in Depot Bay, and then three or four more down the coast,” she said.

Edward Stratton is a reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 971-704-1719 or estratton@dailyastorian.com.

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(1) comment

Jack Kram

Its funny how Warrenton and Astoria pick and choose who they let open businesses. Come on you mean to tell me this project is not a who knows who?? Hoe are brand new trendy houses going to help a housing crunch?? How about Grocery Outlet, that woul help poor people. Or how about bringing in a company to fight homelessness, I use to shop in Seasode at Safeway and now I try my best not to even stop there because the homeless own the parking lot and god forbid you have to go to the bathroom it like a thirdworld country. Politicians in Clatsop county have fallen into the same trap as rest of nation give away to lazy, and take away from working people, and then only let progress happen if its yor friends business or it will some how benifit yourself, SAD

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