Inside the Las Vegas trailer park that Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO calls home

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Tony Hsieh has a net worth of $840 million, but rather than scoop up a desert mansion outside the Zappos campus in Las Vegas, Nevada, he’s planted his roots in a trailer park downtown.

In 2014, as part of his grand efforts to revitalize the city, Hsieh transformed an abandoned parking lot into a micro-living oasis. About 30 Airstream trailers and tiny homes make up the village commonly known as “Llamapolis.”

Let’s take a peek inside.


The entrance to Llamapolis is a semicircle tunnel covered in recycled Christmas lights.


The smell of livestock washes over you upon entry, and it becomes immediately clear how the village got its nickname, Llamapolis.

Doing normal things in #DTLV #llamalopolis

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Marley and Triton, who are actually alpacas, live here with their owner and the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh.


They’re not alone. The one-acre lot in downtown Las Vegas contains about 30 Airstream trailers and tiny houses where young professionals and visiting techies live.

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A 240-square-foot Airstream trailer rents for $1,200 a month, including utilities and Wi-Fi.

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But you get a lot more than a place to sleep when you move into Llamapolis.


The community was inspired by the artsy ethos of Burning Man. Musicians often stop by and put on shows in the outdoor “living room.”

Chilling with @tiny_house_expedition at #llamalopolis #dtlv #Vegas #tinyhousetribe #tinyhousepeople #tinyhousemovement #livemusic

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The shared living area is carpeted with AstroTurf and contains chairs, tables, art installations, and a fire pit.

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The pool offers a convenient way to beat the Las Vegas heat.


Residents communicate with one another on messaging app Slack. According to one visitor, it’s not uncommon for a person who ordered too much takeout food to message their neighbors an invite to join in.

Vegas visits Jeff Fine #startupinanairstream #startupinthedesert #llamalopolis

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Community is central to Llamapolis. Hsieh told Business Insider earlier this year that his favorite aspect of living in the park is impromptu interactions with his neighbors.

Tony trying out the sushi beds #zappos #vegas #startuponabus #llamalopolis

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“I did it because I wanted to maximize serendipity and randomness in my life,” Hsieh said about founding Llamapolis.

Yoga everywhere. #llamalopolis #trailerparkliving

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His pet alpacas live in a pen, but occasionally make their way into Hsieh’s sleek Airstream trailer.

Woke up this morning to Marley the alpaca in my airstream still staring at me. #weirdsleepover #llamatrauma

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Llamapolis is proof that living small has no limits.