Inside the Las Vegas trailer park with tiny homes where Zappos' retiring CEO lives with his 2 alpacas

  • Retiring Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh lives in a Las Vegas trailer park community along with his two alpacas.
  • "Llamapolis," while separate from Amazon-owned Zappos, is a part of Hsieh's bigger plan to revamp Las Vegas.

  • The community is made up of tiny homes and Airstream trailers.

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On Monday, Zappos announced CEO Tony Hsieh was retiring after more than 20 years at the shoe and clothing company. While in charge of Zappos, Hsieh moved the company's headquarters to Las Vegas — where he still lives — as part of a larger effort to make Vegas the new Silicon Valley.

In 2014, he transformed an abandoned parking lot in the area into a micro-living oasis. While his overall downtown development project has faltered, the trailer park is thriving. About 30 Airstream trailers and tiny homes make up the village called "Llamapolis," and Hsieh actually lives there with his two alpacas, Marley and Triton. 

While Hsieh has a net worth of about $840 million, he previously told Business Insider that he lives in "Llamapolis" because "[he] wanted to maximize serendipity and randomness in [his] life."

Below is a look at life within "Llamapolis."

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

Day 38. How do you end up at @downtowntony's llama-occupied Airstream campground on Super Bowl Sunday? Step 1: Put in 58 hours of grinding the first week of Feb. Step 2: Have fun and drink lots at @rbartos1980 and @mikeferreiramha's SB party. Step 3: Keep drinking, and explore DTLV. #eastfremont #dtlv #llama #airstream #downtownvegas #vegas #lasvegas #downtownproject #entrepreneur #collision #happiness #tonyhsieh #gopro #goprophotography #vsco #vscocam #poker #pokerlife

A post shared by Andrew Neeme (@yayandrew) on Feb 8, 2016 at 1:22am PST

 

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

A photo posted by A. GREENSTEIN (@shelikesbikes) on Dec 30, 2015 at 3:34pm PST

 

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

#guardalpacas #marleyandtriton

A post shared by Daniel Picciotto (@djdappy) on Mar 28, 2017 at 9:50pm PDT

 

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.

About Las Vegas~The #tinyhouse movement has found its way to Downtown Las Vegas, with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, living in a small Airstream trailer himself. #Airstreamvillage is an exclusive tiny house community right next to #fremontstreet. #charliemorningstarr #owner #noplanb #wealth #lifestyle #goals #grateful #artlover #designlover #passion #airbnbnotes #host #success #business #femaleentrepreneur #entrepreneur #vacationrental #airbnb #homeaway #realestate #Lasvegas #beourguest #detailsmatter #motivation #inspiration #airstreampark #femalebusinessowner

A post shared by Las Vegas ❤️ (@mvh.lv) on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:30am PDT

 

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Here's what Llamapolis looks like from above. A resident shot the video with a DJI drone.

I've been very blessed to live in this amazing #tinyhouse community now for 2 years! Here's a little promo video I shot with the @djiglobal #mavicpro / #airstreampark

A post shared by danielparkmusic (@danielparkmusic) on Mar 4, 2017 at 2:57pm PST

 

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

Llamalopis trailer park, better known locally as the Airstream park. A trailer park like no other, lined with sleek #Airstreams & craftsman style #Tumbleweed tiny houses. Part of the @downtownprojlv visionary revitalization efforts of downtown Vegas's #fremontdistrict. #TinyX #tinydoc #tinyhome #tinyhouse #roadtrip #thow #tinylife #tinyhousemovment #tinyhousenation #tinyhousevillage #tinyhouseparking #tinyhouseonwheels #tinyhouselife #tinyhousenews #tinyhouseswoon #nomadiclifestyle #nomad #greatamericanroadtrip #home #lasvegas #dtplv #tinyhousecommunity #tinyliving #community #goodvibes #homeiswhereyouparkit #urbanliving

A photo posted by Think BIG Build Small (@tiny_house_expedition) on Jan 30, 2016 at 3:19pm PST

 

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

 

Back at Airstream Village loving life with my Vegas Ohana…

A post shared by Jasmine Pedroso (@jasminepedroso) on Sep 9, 2016 at 9:20pm PDT

 

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

Marley decided to be a model all of a sudden. Had to give him his moment of fame. #Llamalopolis #LIB #llamas

A photo posted by dbaron723 (@dbaron723) on Oct 7, 2015 at 4:16am PDT

 

Source: Tiny House Expedition

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

😜No gig tonight means trailer park pool time! #airstreampark

A post shared by danielparkmusic (@danielparkmusic) on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:37pm PDT

 

This swing looks like a cool place to hang.

Guest documentary film maker Eric Bricker filming our after-dinner jam with Daniel Park @danielparkmusic @alumination1

A post shared by Jasmine Pedroso (@jasminepedroso) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:28pm PDT

 

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

A photo posted by mbaron322 (@mbaron322) on Nov 1, 2015 at 7:09pm PST

 

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Community is central to Llamapolis. Hsieh (pictured left) told Business Insider in 2016 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

A photo posted by mbaron322 (@mbaron322) on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:39pm PDT

 

Source: Business Insider

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

Yoga everywhere. #llamalopolis #trailerparkliving

A photo posted by Suzie Baleson (@suziejobaleson) on Apr 12, 2016 at 4:03pm PDT

 

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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

A photo posted by Tony Hsieh (@downtowntony) on May 25, 2015 at 1:18pm PDT

 

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