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Compact Living: 10 Tiny Dwellings Starting at $89,900

Check out these desert, forest, beach and city homes measuring 500 square feet or less.


The downsizing craze has spread to real estate, creating huge interest in petite homes all across the country.

This week’s episode of “Portlandia” lampoons the fad. The “Microhouse” clip features Kangablue, one of the units in a tiny-homes hotel called Caravan. (Owners Deb Delman and Kol Peterson live in a 690-square-foot home next door that’s “teeny but not tiny,” Delman says.)

If the show’s parody doesn’t put you off small living altogether, here are homes to feed the frenzy. They measure 500 square feet or smaller, from old-fashioned cabins with beautiful natural surroundings to a pint-sized 2-bedroom, single-family home in New York City.

Saltese, MT

7759 Forest Service Road, Saltese, MT

For sale: $295,000
Size: 380 square feet

Saltese, MT

This property includes more than 200 acres and is surrounded on all sides by U.S. Forest Service land. It’s for a true outdoorsperson, with a loft bedroom and a log-cabin outhouse.

Shop for more property in Saltese, MT.

Portal, AZ

2031 S Pearl St, Portal, AZ

For sale: $165,000
Size: 448 square feet

Portal, AZ

Three hours southeast of Tucson near Chiricahua National Monument, this A-frame retreat sits on 1.38 acres and features a loft with a balcony, a screened porch and a laundry room.

Check out more listings in Cochise County, AZ.

Columbus, OH

12 W Poplar Ave APT 311, Columbus, OH

For sale: $130,000
Size: 442 square feet

Columbus OH

This renovated studio near Columbus’ popular Short North neighborhood is convenient to downtown and The Ohio State University.  It includes an in-unit washer and dryer, a carpeted bedroom and a decorative fireplace.

Check out what else is on the market in Columbus, OH.

Oakland, CA

3463 Loma Vista Ave, Oakland, CA

For sale: $239,000
Size: 480 square feet

Oakland, CA

This Pueblo revival home features refurbished hardwood floors, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and — unusual for a petite home — a bonus room.

Find more homes in Oakland, CA.

Telluride, CO

107 W Columbia Ave #3, Telluride, CO

For sale: $375,000
Size: 323 square feet

Telluride, CO

Stunning views and historic touches characterize this studio in Telluride’s old Miners Union hospital. Dogs allowed!

Shop for other Telluride, CO homes.

Santa Cruz, CA

229 Pearl St, Santa Cruz, CA

For sale: $379,500
Size: 325 square feet

Santa Cruz, CA

This studio is a short walk to the beach. It has a big yard and a second building suitable for a workshop or studio. “Needs work, but could be really, really cute,” according to the listing.

See more homes for sale in Santa Cruz, CA.

Egg Harbor, WI

4286 Harbor School Rd # 1, Egg Harbor, WI

For sale: $89,900
Size: 400 square feet

Egg Harbor, WI


Come for the lakes: This log cottage is in a resort area with a small lake, and is just a five-minute drive from Lake Michigan. It has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a large loft that can sleep more people.

Check out more listings in Egg Harbor, WI.

Bronx, NY

549 Vincent Ave, Bronx, NY

For sale: $295,000
Size: 480 square feet

Bronx, NY

Somehow, this remodeled 480-square-foot home in New York City fits 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. It’s recently seen a host of improvements, including new windows, hardwood floors, electrical and plumbing.

Find more listings in Bronx, NY.

King Salmon South, CA

25 Crab St, King Salmon South, CA

For sale: $175,000
Size: 384 square feet

King Salmon South, CA

This cozy, restored cabin near Eureka, CA backs up to a canal and has boat storage beneath it. High ceilings in the living room feature skylights and make space for a sleeping loft over the kitchen.

Shop for more homes in Humboldt County, CA.

Holderness, NH

41 W Wind Rd, Holderness, NH

For sale: $329,000
Size: 500 square feet

Holderness, NH

This 1945 cabin with shared access to Big Squam Lake includes a dock slip, a fireplace and a deck to take in the views.

See what else is on the market in Holderness, NH.



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