Tiny Homes Under 400 Square Feet

These small spaces offer lots to love, and what they lack in floor space, they make up for in charm.

Tiny footprints can make a big impact — on the environment, your wallet, and your quality of life. These micro homes obliterate the notion that living small means living with less.

Indeed, several of these listings are offering a lifestyle, not merely a new house. Whether you fancy acres of secluded woods, a waterfront dock, or a novel aesthetic, the following homes offer a glimpse into a redefined standard of living.

Sturgeon Bay, WI

6004 Bay Shore Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI
For sale: $165,000

While not as miniature as your childhood toy trains, this 192-square-foot caboose has been transformed into a nostalgic tiny home, complete with a kitchen, bath, eating area, and bunk beds within its closed quarters. This 1.58-acre wooded lot also hosts a two-story 128-square-foot cottage with additional beds.

See more homes for sale in Sturgeon Bay.

Shelbyville, KY

56 Boat Dock Rd, Shelbyville, KY
For sale: $39,900

Located on Guist Creek Lake, this 396-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bath home has a personal dock and unlimited boat launch. The interior is well maintained, with fresh paint and flooring.

See more Shelbyville homes for sale.

Lansing, NC

401 Riverwood Trl, Lansing, NC
For sale: $120,000

Combining two acres of land with 275 feet of river frontage, this 400-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bath home offers a multitude of natural gifts. The wooden interior is cozy in traditional cabin fashion, and the covered deck offers a treehouse feel.

See more Lansing listings.

Silverado, CA

28882 Foothill Dr, Silverado, CA
For sale: $324,000

Located in notoriously pricey Orange County, this 268-square-foot home is a far cry from the “Real Housewives” abodes. Bursting with character, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home provides generous outdoor living and proximity to the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.

See more homes on the market in Silverado.

Madison, CT

70 Wildcat Rd, Madison, CT
For sale: $149,900

This impeccably styled 400-square-foot home is overwhelmingly charming, boasting beamed ceilings and a pleasant color palette. Located close to town and beaches, this home offers a tranquil setting that’s not too far off the beaten path.

See more Madison homes for sale.

Bon Carbo, CO

16022 County Road 30.0, Bon Carbo, CO
For sale: $179,000

When seclusion is not enough, this is the completely off-the-grid, 1-bedroom, 1-bath home you’ve been searching for. Nurtured for years, this 252-square-foot cabin in the mountains is paired with an additional guest cottage, gardens, outdoor cooking facilities, and solar panels.

See more homes for sale in Bon Carbo.

Port Vincent, LA

18120 Cooper St, Port Vincent, LA
For sale: $148,000

Located on a sizeable waterfront lot off the Amite River, this 400-square-foot home is perfect for a boat owner. In addition to having a delightful interior, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home features a covered boat slip and lift, and a covered RV/boat port.

See more listings in Port Vincent.

Ashford, WA

32504 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
For sale: $65,000

Hiking, skiing, and fishing, all at a moment’s notice. This 224-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home located near Mount Rainier claims 1.9 acres of Northwestern magnificence.

See more listings in Ashford.

Oden, MI

4700 Oden Rd UNIT 6, Oden, MI
For sale: $71,900

Reasonable waterfront living is part of the deal with this 245-square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home. Situated on 180 feet of shared frontage on Crooked Lake, this cottage provides effortless boat access with its private dock.

See more homes for sale in Oden.

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You Will Want to Spend Every Single Summer in This Floating Tiny House

Tiny house enthusiasts might be excited to find out that the popular movement is heading to the water: Think of this 960-square-foot floating tiny house in Seattle’s Portage Bay as the ultimate tiny summer home.

Boasting a Craftsman-style exterior, the home consists of a kitchen, foyer, dining area, fireplace and living room, while a plethora of windows help make the home feel spacious. An upstairs level contains two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Don’t feel like spending time indoors? Step outside onto the house’s wraparound deck, or the small outdoor seating area on the second level, for some sunbathing.

Take a look around:

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Urban to Beachy: 10 Amazing Tiny Homes

You know pint-sized homes have hit the big time when thieves start nabbing the mobile ones. These charmers show off the allure of small-space living.

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Small homes have gotten so hot, thieves are lifting them.

In recent months, bandits have made off with a 200-square-foot cabin in Canada’s Yukon woods and a tiny house in Texas. The latter was recovered, and its owner now recommends a boot and a hitch lock for other owners of tiny homes.

Here’s a look at some homes measuring 600 square feet or less that aren’t on wheels.

Kitty Hawk, NC

5021 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC
For sale: $250,000
Size: 560 square feet

North Carolina’s Outer Banks provide the view for this 2-bedroom, 1-bath cottage that sits on new pilings and has a wide front deck.

See other homes for sale in Kitty Hawk, NC.

Chicago, IL

3150 N Sheffield Ave Apt 308, Chicago, IL
For sale: $159,000
Size: 600 square feet

This studio loft is a 10-minute walk from Wrigley Field and near many popular restaurants and shops. HOA fees are $218 a month.

See other listings in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood.

International Falls, MN

1775 Grindstone Island, International Falls, MN
For sale: $284,900
Size: 400 square feet

Located on an island in far northern Minnesota, this property includes three bedrooms spread across three small cabins that total 600 square feet. The main cabin has a living room, kitchen and “master” bedroom; each of the other two cabins is a bedroom. Separate buildings house a sauna, shower and outhouse.

Check out what else is on the market in and around International Falls, MN.

Miami, FL

770 NE 69th St APT 5E, Miami, FL
For sale: $149,999
Size: 521 square feet

Residents enjoy views of Biscayne Bay and Palm Bay Marina from this studio’s entertainment area and extended balcony. A sleeping alcove big enough for a queen bed is hidden at the back of the unit.

See more Miami, FL homes for sale.

Emigrant Gap, CA

41027 Skyline Dr, Emigrant Gap, CA
For sale: $169,000
Size: 480 square feet

This tiny cabin in the Sierra Nevadas is near skiing, hiking, rivers and lakes — and has a hot tub on the screened-in porch.

Check out more homes for sale in and around Emigrant Gap, CA.

West Point, TX

530 Justice Rd, West Point, TX
For sale: $434,900
Size: 336 square feet

The home is small, but its spread is Texas big. It sits on nearly 24 acres, including a 4-acre lake, between Austin and Houston.

See other listings in West Point, TX.

Boulder, CO

811 Main St, Boulder, CO
For sale: $200,000
Size: 565 square feet

Located in the former mining town of Gold Hill outside Boulder, this cabin was built in 1914 and has a sunny kitchen, sleeping loft and claw-foot bathtub.

Check out more listings in Boulder County, CO.

New Orleans, LA

526 Madison St APT 2D, New Orleans, LA
For sale: $239,000
Size: 375 square feet

A block from Jackson Square, this French Quarter condo has a kitchen and sitting area downstairs and a bedroom and bathroom upstairs. It also has lots of windows, exposed brick and hardwood floors.

See more homes for sale in New Orleans.

Rockport, MA

182 Granite St, Rockport, MA
For sale: $154,000
Size: 400 square feet

Built in 1850, this “micro cottage” in coastal Massachusetts includes a living room, kitchen area, sleeping loft and bathroom. And it’s less than an hour from Boston.

Photo: Fred Light from Nashua Video Tours

See more homes for sale in Rockport, MA.

Portland, OR

709 SW 16th Ave APT 509, Portland, OR
For sale: $189,900
Size: 517 square feet

This corner condo studio in Southwest Portland has hardwood floors, a dining room with built-ins and a gas cooktop.

View more real estate in Portland, OR.

This article was published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

How to Sell a Tiny House

While home buyers have sought large one- and two-story traditional homes for years, a new trend is emerging on the market: tiny houses.

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These houses, sometimes as small as 500 square feet, have developed a following, but it takes more than minimal space to catch a buyer’s eye.

To sell a small home, you’ll need to make the most of the square footage.

Space-Saving Features Are Key

While many home buyers are looking to downsize into smaller homes, they don’t want to downsize their lifestyle. Buyers are attracted to tiny houses that contain space-saving features—allowing the homeowner to store more than one would think.

To make your own small house appealing to buyers, consider installing space-savers or highlighting what you already have:

  • Attached fold-out furniture: A kitchen table that folds flat against a wall frees up floor space.
  • Built-in bookshelves: These can hold more than just books, giving buyers more storage options.
  • Hanging pot racks: Making use of ceiling space helps add kitchen storage.

Utilize Outdoor Space

Emphasizing the outdoor space is an excellent way to make a tiny house feel spacious.

To maximize your yard space, remove overgrown or large plants and opt for minimal landscaping like ornamental grasses, day lilies or English lavender to make the yard appear larger.

For outdoor furniture, replace large, umbrella-covered dining tables with smaller bistro sets—or keep the space open.

Highlight Energy-Saving Perks

One of the biggest draws to tiny houses is tiny utility bills. If your home already has energy-efficient features, ask your listing agent to include the details and to point them out to potential buyers during the walk-through.

If your home doesn’t have energy-saving perks, consider making small upgrades to appeal to more buyers. For example, replacing the weather stripping is quick and inexpensive, and it cuts down on utility costs.

For Tiny House Staging, Keep It Simple

Having a clean, uncluttered home during an open house is important for any seller, but it is absolutely essential for small-home sellers. Start by removing any personal items like photo frames, knickknacks and children’s art. Then you can declutter every room and organize closets, drawers and bookshelves.

Before you open house, stage your newly organized rooms using a minimalist theme. Simple décor typically makes small spaces appear larger.

For example, a sofa with four throw pillows and a blanket may overwhelm a small living space. Instead, cut it down to two throw pillows and tuck the blanket in the closet.

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Tiny House: Magical Mountain Retreat on Maui

Located in quiet Kula in the shadow of Mount Haleakala, we found a tiny house perfect for a buyer who wants to experience a different take on Hawaiian life. The remote, peaceful location contributes to the throwback charm of this cottage.

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On Maui, the “up-country” city of Kula is separated by distance and elevation from the busy beaches and tourists that crowd the cities of Wailea, Lahaina, and Kihei.

Listed for $650,000, the compact home offers only 300 square feet of living space. However, the tiny house comes with a fabulous perk: 11 acres of lush Hawaiian land and hard-to-match views of the island and ocean.

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The home itself has a living area, a small kitchen, and a full bathroom in its miniature space.

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“While the home is remote, you feel like you’re melting into nature,” listing agent Liam Ball said.

“The most romantic cabin on the island,” he added. “People truly love this property when they see it. I stayed here for a couple nights last year, and it’s amazing. You feel like the Milky Way is right in your face.”

For stargazing at night or barbecuing during the day, the tiny house has a wraparound outdoor deck peering down at the Pacific Ocean below.

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While the home faces the southern shores of the island and is tantalizingly close to the tourist hub of Wailea down the hillside, the only road accessible to the home requires entrance from the north side.

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“It’s spectacularly beautiful,” Ball said. “You’re only a few minutes from a general store, but you have incredible privacy up here.”

And for folks looking to reduce their carbon footprint, the tiny house is entirely off-the-grid. Ball noted the home is entirely powered by solar energy and mentioned one sacrifice a buyer would have to make: having water trucked in.

He added that a water well could possibly be drilled, and zoning for the land supports another house and farm building—but Ball was quick to clarify that this home is completely livable and enjoyable as-is.

“In Hawaii, you don’t want to be separated from the outdoors,” he said. “I think the idea of building something smaller is a welcome trend. You don’t need a enormous home to shield you up here.”

So if you’d like to ditch the island clichés of mai-tais and macadamia nuts, this tiny Hawaiian home might be just the right fit.

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5 Creative Storage Hacks for Small Spaces

5 Creative Storage Hacks for Small Spaces

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In a perfect world, every house would have a basement and an attic, walk-in closets and deep kitchen cabinets that stretch on forever—but the world is an imperfect place. Some otherwise-great dwellings have narrow closets, a couple of small cabinets and no attic or basement. If you’re handy—or at least, comfortable with a hammer and nails—that may not matter. There are plenty of ways to make more storage space, even in the tiniest of houses.

Make Use of Narrow Walls for Storage

Walls that are out of the way or too small to hang pictures and knickknacks—like the narrow wall beside your bathroom sink—often go unused. Instead, hang a few simple floating shelves within arm’s reach. Reduce clutter by using the shelves to store items you’d normally keep on the countertop.

Take Advantage of Vertical Storage Space

When you’re trying to store infrequently-used items, think above eye level. Stack wicker baskets along the top of your kitchen cabinets to store small appliances you don’t use often. Install a pot rack from the ceiling to store the pots and pans you don’t use every day. Suspend a clothing rack from the ceiling to store out-of-season items and free up closet space.

Squeeze in More Shelves

With a few supplies and some creative thinking, you can easily double the shelving space in your bathroom and kitchen. Place tiered shelving units along your widest shelves to break the large space into smaller, more usable chunks. Attach narrow baskets to the inside of cabinet doors for more storage space.

Turn Doors Into Storage

Replace pantry or laundry room doors with reclaimed wooden shutters, available at hardware resale stores and charity shops. Not only will the wooden shutters look great, you can use the other side to hang items—like kitchen utensils or knickknacks—out of sight. If you don’t want to swap out your doors, you can also install pre-built shelving units. Many are designed to fit along the inside of doors and will give you plenty of added storage space.

Reclaim the Space Under Your Cabinets

Utilizing the space under your cabinets could free up some room inside of them. By hanging a rack underneath, you could store wineglasses and coffee mugs under the cabinet using less space than you would have needed on the shelves. You can also use the space to install a magnet to hold up metal jars or spice containers.

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9 tiny homes you may love

Imagine living in a home the size of a large SUV. Hard to do? Tiny homes are a practical and very affordable option for buyers ranging from young singles (21 percent of tiny-home buyers are under 30) to empty-nesters and retirees looking to downsize (38 percent are over 50), according to our interviews with owners and builders of pre-fabricated models on the market.

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These prefabs can also make attractive backyard additions, serving as a a “granny flat” for an aging relative, for example. (But make sure to check your local zoning laws, and beware that regional zoning restrictions can affect the construction and location of your tiny home, warns The New York Times.)

If you’ve got the land, costs range from around $20,000 for the smallest models to more than $150,000. By contrast, the U.S. median price for new single-family homes was $275,800 in April 2014, according to U.S. census data. It’s not just savings in building costs. By their very nature, tiny homes help homeowners save big on utility and maintenance costs. The biggest challenge? “Minimizing your accumulation of stuff,” says Hunter Floyd, of tiny-home builder Cinderbox Dwelling.

We’ve rounded up nine appealing tiny homes, all 500 square feet or less. Our tiniest is 128 square feet, occupying a mere six feet less than a 2014 Chevy Suburban. The average single-family home is 2,300 square feet, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Take a look.

1. A backyard bungalow

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Square footage: 461

Bedrooms: Studio

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $155,000 (shipping included)

BuilderBlu Homes (Waltham, Mass.)

The Origin model featured here is the second-largest home in this post and is crafted from environmentally friendly materials. Standard appliances include a refrigerator, cooking range, microwave and dishwasher. A garage addition is available with options starting at $45,000.

2. A retiree getaway

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Square footage: 160

Bedrooms: Studio

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $36,000

Builder: Tiny Home Builders (Deland, Fla.)

This single-story home, known as the Tiny Retirement model, was designed with the retired homeowner in mind. Everything is conveniently located on one level — no ladder steps to climb to access a loft-style bed area, which is common in tiny homes. The living space is 20 feet long, with an area for a bed or a small sleeper sofa at one end and the bathroom on the opposite end. The lavatory has a 36-inch standing shower and a toilet with a small storage area overhead. There’s a cathedral ceiling, which helps to make this compact space feel much larger.

Cost for delivery from the builder’s Deland, Fla., location ranges from $1.50 to $3 per mile after the first 50 miles.

3. A rustic haven

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Square footage: 128

Bedrooms: Studio

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $37,000

Builder: Spice Box Homes (Dolores, Colo.)

The interior of this house, dubbed the Rustic Barn, consists of a large open space, plus a storage loft that’s 50 square feet. Vaulted ceilings and exposed wood collar beams above the kitchen and main living areas can be used to store items such as pots and pans or even a bike. For buyers looking to go green, the finish options for this model include recycled flooring, countertops, light fixtures and appliances. There’s also a bathroom with a walk-in shower and composting toilet.

Shipping costs are negotiable.

4. A conversation piece

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Square footage: 260

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $150,000

Builder: Tiny Texas Houses (Luling, Texas)

This builder uses salvaged materials to create its homes, making each one-of-a-kind. Company owner Brad Kittel lives in the house featured here. It was constructed using recycled stained-glass windows and rosewood and pine fixtures. It stands 18 feet tall and has two levels, plus a loft area for a bed. On the first floor, there’s a main living area and kitchen. The second floor has a den and sitting room. The second level and the loft are accessible via ladder steps. There’s also a covered front porch, as well as a screened back porch, where you’ll find the bathroom.

Buyers of new Tiny Texas Houses homes must provide their own appliances.

5. A modern space-saver

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Square footage: 200

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $19,000

Builder: Cinderbox Dwelling (Phoenix)

This single-level prefab home is constructed with Japanese shou sugi ban-style burnt wood siding, which is rot-resistant. Corner sliding doors open to a covered outdoor porch. Inside are a desk alcove, storage closet, built-in shelving and a bookcase that doubles as a ladder, which is used to access the loft-style bed area. Appliances are not included, but this home comes with LED strip lighting and cable and Ethernet hookups.

Shipping costs are negotiable.

6. A cozy cottage with a view

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Square footage: 272

Bedrooms: Studio

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $199,000 (land included)

Location: North Truro, Mass.

Located in a resort town just ten minutes from popular Provincetown on the Cape Cod National Seashore, this detached condo was built in 1930 and is on the market. The home sits on a lot that’s less than a half-acre. Three large windows and a sliding glass door deliver an abundance of natural light. There’s also an outdoor brick patio, big enough to fit a small table and a few chairs, that faces a private beach and the area’s popular East Harbour. An extra cost awaiting buyers: You must provide your own appliances.

The average home listing price in this area is $700,020, according to Trulia.com.

7. A Texas-sized tiny home

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Square footage: 400

Bedrooms: Efficiency

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $65,000 (land included)

Location: Surfside Beach, Texas

Here’s a quaint home on the market that still has enough space to store plenty of stuff. Constructed in 1960, it comes with a storage unit situated underneath the main level.

There’s also a wraparound deck. Appliances include a refrigerator and stove. Galveston’s beaches are an hour’s drive away.

8. A small piece of paradise

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Square footage: 510

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Price: $640,000 (land included)

Location: Honolulu

Built in 1928 and currently for sale, this is the largest home in our slide show. It’s also the most expensive by far. That’s in large part due to its location in the Kaimuki area of Honolulu, one of the 10 most expensive U.S. cities to live in. But you’ll also get two bedrooms (more than you’ll find in the other tiny homes featured here) in this fully renovated, one-story cottage. Future owners will enjoy an updated kitchen that comes with a full-size refrigerator and stove. There’s also a washing machine, as well as new plumbing, flooring and lighting and a carport.

9. A twin-city compact

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Square footage: 416

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1.5

Price: $70,000 (land included)

Location: St. Paul, Minn.

Built in 1922, this single-level home has plenty of modern updates and is currently for sale. There are new hardwood floors and bathroom tile. Appliances include a full-size refrigerator, stove and stacked washer/dryer. The kitchen has a breakfast bar, and the living room area can fit a small couch.

 This article was originally published by Andrea N. Browne of Kiplinger on MSN Real Estate. See the original article here.