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Funky, Whimsical Little House Built Using 1920s Streetcars

This is a funky, whimsical little house built using old streetcars.

This couple purchased the run-down property and turned it into an amazing house.

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Funky, Whimsical Little House Built Using 1920s Streetcars


Screenshots via YouTube/HouzzTV





Screenshots via YouTube/HouzzTV

Video: Funky Beach House Made from Old Streetcars


  • 1920s renovated streetcars
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • Close to beach, Santa Cruz

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Natalie McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.

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  • Gail Butler October 4, 2016, 5:26 pm

    I love this. I never thought I would like the colors but they seem just right for this home. It’s a home not a house.

    • Natalie Natalie October 5, 2016, 6:01 am

      I agree! They are so bright, but work so well together. Great design!

  • Sally Schrock October 4, 2016, 5:55 pm

    WOW! Talk about unique, innovative and special… this is IT! I would move into this in a heartbeat. The colors and interior decor are absolutely perfect. BRAVO!

    • Natalie Natalie October 5, 2016, 6:02 am

      I completely agree — such a great re-use of something :) And it’s beautiful!

  • Patricia Schneider October 4, 2016, 6:28 pm

    I love this! The size is perfect for my husband, me, and our kitties. I would change the colors a bit because we like a place that feels more serene and peaceful. but I wouldn’t change anything else. I love the layout, how it’s decorated—everything. I am only 5 ft. tall and my husband is only 5’8″, so the lower ceilings and doors would not be a bother to us. We would love to find a place like this by a river or lake.

    • Natalie Natalie October 5, 2016, 6:03 am

      Isn’t it so cute? I am 5’3″ so the door height doesn’t concern me either :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • J Dark October 4, 2016, 11:25 pm

    My initial feeling w/ the New Orleans street cars was “this would make a great tiny home!” I knew then I was not quite right and must have become delirious w/ the tiny house fever. I love the gypsy boho style, so the colors work for me. I will be doing some sort of green in my living room and happily I found the right shade that alluded me in this video. This has it going on a lot more than many of the boho tiny homes that are not really boho. Close to my heart as I am doing the gypsy boho decor and planning to go all out eventually. I love this beautiful real home of a home. From someone who was always addicted to black and gray modern: these colors they have work for me and as these bright colors come into my home, as well, I can’t say how much they help make for homey. Really at small sizes like this home or far less it makes it very joyful to be in.

    • Natalie Natalie October 5, 2016, 6:04 am

      You have an eye for potential! That’s awesome :) The tiny house fever is real — I wish you the best of luck in your tiny home endeavors! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Kim Pratt October 5, 2016, 12:37 am

    I love it, it is just right size. The colors are very nice, and I love the stained glass windows above, how beautiful when the sun shines thru them at various times of the day. This is such a neat set up. I hope you all are enjoying this house as it seems you are. Thank you for sharing this video with the rest of us, enjoyed seeing it.

    Kim Pratt

    • Natalie Natalie October 5, 2016, 6:06 am

      No problem! Glad you could enjoy it! Thanks for reading. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • oxide October 5, 2016, 11:48 am

    This reminds me of the 1958 children’s book “The Trolley Car Family,” A trolley car operator is laid off when the trolley company switches to buses. So he drives his now-obsolete trollycar to the end of the rail tracks and moves the whole family into the car. I recall that the book even had a floor plan! There are still lots of used copies of the book for sale.

    • Natalie Natalie October 7, 2016, 5:14 am

      Wow that’s so interesting :) Thanks for sharing! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ger October 5, 2016, 2:51 pm

    Your home is awesome. Are you in a community in Santa Cruz? I think it is just beautiful. If anyone says otherwise they are jealous.

  • LadyDell October 5, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Unique and beautiful! The ceiling in the living room is just amazing!

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