Living Large in Small Spaces: 10 Homes for Sale Under 500 Square Feet

Tiny footprints can hold worlds of charm — and sometimes acreage or an island.

Five hundred square feet might not sound like much, but as rents clearly show, in some markets that’s a coveted amount of real estate. In other places, it’s plenty of space to rest your head and grab a bite after a day in the woods or on the water. And in many areas, it’s the right size for a reasonable mortgage.

Here’s how it looks to live in 500 or fewer square feet around the country:

Lahaina, HI

3543 Lower Honoapiilani Rd #D206, Lahaina, HI
For sale: $365,500
Size: 454 square feet

This studio offers rich living on a budget in Maui — complete with the use of two pools, two clubhouses, two Jacuzzis and two putting greens, all surrounded by lush landscaping.

See more listings in Lahaina.

Boston, MA

12 Melrose St APT 3, Boston, MA
For sale: $379,000
Size: 415 square feet

Just steps from Boston Common, this 1-bedroom, 1-bath home has hardwood floors, a sunny kitchen and a private deck.

View more homes for sale in Boston, MA.

Semora, NC

186 Munday Oakley Rd, Semora, NC
For sale: $380,000
Size: 500 square feet

More than 200 feet of lakeshore and a two-slip boat dock come with this cottage near the North Carolina-Virginia border. The home’s large windows offer views of the lake and 1-acre lot.

See more homes on the market in Semora, NC.

Crawford, CO

38618 Fruitland Mesa Rd, Crawford, CO
For sale: $329,000
Size: 468 square feet

The great wide open beckons to whoever sleeps in this 468-square-foot cabin on the edge of a canyon between Aspen and Telluride. Situated on 40 acres amid mountains and valleys, the home features an aspen tongue-and-groove ceiling, built-in bookcases and electricity from charged batteries. There’s no bathroom, but a quaint outhouse was just built.

Check out more homes listed in Crawford, CO.

Camano Island, WA

3181 Shoreline Dr, Camano Island, WA
For sale: $424,500
Size: 336 square feet

This beach cottage is being marketed alongside its vacation rental revenue stream. Three sets of French doors open onto two decks and an island beach. It’s been rebuilt with a new roof, plumbing and wiring.

View more listings on Camano Island, WA.

Angola, IN

N 700 E, Angola, IN
For sale: $395,000
Size: 288 square feet

This treehouse with electricity, hot and cold running water and a wood-burning stove sits on nearly 44 acres in rural Indiana, alongside a 2-acre pond, a cottage that sleeps three and a large shed “for all the toys you could possibly need,” the listing promises.

See more homes for sale in Angola, IN.

Annandale, MN

5622 Quinlar Ave NW, Annandale, MN
For sale: $229,000
Size: 432 square feet

This lakeshore cabin in the Land of 10,000 Lakes retains all the charm of the 1930s, when it was built. Stretching along 50 feet of lakeshore, it includes a dock and a small, sandy strip of beach for relaxing around the fire pit.

See more homes on the market in Annandale, MN.

New Orleans, LA

715 Royal St APT H, New Orleans, LA
For sale: $249,000
Size: 192 square feet

Own your own hotel room! This 1-bedroom, 1-bath home in the French Quarter features 19th-century pine floors, antique fixtures, a loft and a marble bath.

Check out what else is listed in New Orleans, LA.

Tuftonboro, NH

1 Windswept, Tuftonboro, NH
For sale: $329,000
Size: 340 square feet

Here’s a tiny home that comes with its own island on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee — try saying that two times fast. Once owned by Bob Montana, the creator of the “Archie” comic series, it’s a one-room cedar cottage with a large, stone fireplace.

View more homes for sale in Tuftonboro, NH.

Wilbraham, MA

10 1/2 Springfield St, Wilbraham, MA
For sale: $475,000
Size: 480 square feet

The barn on this property outside Springfield, MA, is more than three times larger than the cottage, and there’s a detached, 2-car garage.

See what else is on the market in Wilbraham, MA.

Originally published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

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