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Popomo Tiny House For Sale: $60k Brand New

This professionally stick built Popomo tiny house is for sale for $60,000 new but I’m also going to show you how you can DIY for less.


It has a footprint of 8′ x 20′ so approximately 172 sq. ft. of interior space.

This tiny home works just like an RV, except it’s built like a modern cabin.

This design even includes a downstairs bedroom so you don’t have to use ladders or stairs.

Popomo/Mica 20 Tiny House For Sale

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See more of this amazing modern micro cabin on wheels below:

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Kitchen

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Living Area

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Bedroom

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Kitchen

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Floor Plan

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Note: Tumbleweed has recently changed the name of the Popomo to the Mica 20.

Get the Plans to Build it Yourself for Less

So if you wanted you can still buy the plans and build it yourself for around $25,000 in materials.

Order this Tiny House Right Now for $60,000

Or you can buy it ready made from Tumbleweed right now if you don’t want or have time to DIY, hire contractors, manage the project, etc.

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • Edwin February 20, 2014, 9:17 am

    For that price you should have a better roof on it, not waste money on fancy stuff in side.
    I could build a bigger house for that price and make it look better.
    I think it to much for what you get, unless there is land included.

  • David February 20, 2014, 11:59 am

    It’s very nice, I can get a small 2 bedroom house at this cost…this is a failure to be cost effective in buying a tiny house I’m sad to say..

    • Alex February 20, 2014, 3:42 pm

      It’s true you can build a pretty sweet 400 sq. ft. cabin or something on land for this kind of money. Land and permits do add up though these days in most areas not all

  • Sally Schrock February 20, 2014, 12:03 pm

    I agree with all of the comments here and on Facebook; the price for this is waaaaay out of line. If the actual approximate cost to build this is $25k or less, then this is clearly gouging and completely veers away from the point that tiny houses should have equally tiny prices!

  • Mike February 20, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Many cities in the US offer homes for under 50k, so when tiny houses
    are priced above this, it makes less sense. They are fun to look at, but
    don’t make sense at this price point

    • Alex February 20, 2014, 1:33 pm

      If one builds a tiny house themselves it would be around $20-25k for something of the quality shown here. Since there’s so much time and work involved in building there’s a lot of labor to pay for when having one built for you. A similar Airstream travel trailer would cost you even more (they’re upwards of $70k! many times). Part of it is also inflation. Money isn’t the same as it used to be. In fact, if it were 1980, it would only cost approximately $21,136 to have it built for you completely! And probably just $10k or less to DIY using new materials and appliances. But we’re in 2014 so it’s more like $23k to DIY and $60k done for you. If you see any nice homes for $50k let me know as I’d love to spread the word about that.

      • Rich February 21, 2014, 1:42 pm

        Expertly informative as always, Alex. Jay’s earlier videos also try to correct the impressions and expectations that many have that tiny = inexpensive. Over time (life-cycle) costs will certainly be lower for energy and saving all that interest paid on a mortgage. As you said, this is 2014; in the meantime we have become very spoiled. Time to pay the piper for many or get creative as many participating in this blog are continuing to do. It gives me hope.

        • Jesse March 7, 2014, 2:54 am

          ahh, I was wondering about that too. Thanks for the detailed explanation(s) Alex.

          So, the quality much be very top notch indeed. The choice of materials is solid quality too?

  • Daniel Morris February 20, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Yeah, 60K is a bit high. However that price does appeal to many people. If you sell your larger home and commit to a tiny home, the quality of this tiny home will make the purchase doable with the proceeds of the larger house sale. In addition, (this is kinda a message to all you 20 year olds and older whose joints are still limber and whose bladders are still under control), the bedroom on the main level is quite a seller. Perhaps a ships ladder or alternating tread style might work for loft beds…but still I do not want to bump my head and negotiate slowly any type of ladder to pee in the middle of the night. Is quality and safe peeing worth $60,000? Maybe not–but the difference between building it yourself or just buying it complete AND getting quality and safe peeing…that amount IS worth it!
    Me, I am going for a Tuff-Shed on a foundation with a septic. Solar, rain water and LP gas round out my utilities in a 200 sq. foot tiny house with a murphy bed. This house is in the high desert and is for peace and quiet maybe a week a month. I am keeping my 700 sq. foot small house in the city. And my wife is building a small house in Thailand where we spend 2 to 3 months a year. All 3 of these homes are quite inexpensive compared to American or European standards. Not easy to do when you gotta pee all the time and take a lot of breaks: the desert house is not finished and my wife’s Dad is finishing the Thailand house. So we move around as much as a trailered tiny home. And I get to keep all my books and movies!
    I am 54 and poor according to USA standards and charts.
    I hope you are all doing as well, or much better, when you are 54!
    (Sounds like that Beatles song…)

    • Alex February 20, 2014, 1:22 pm

      $60k definitely sounds like a lot I get that. But it is a really nice tiny house. And it’s definitely a lot of work to build one yourself. That, and a comparable Airstream travel trailer would still probably cost more ($75k or so I believe).

  • Darcy February 20, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Yikes 60 grand? Comes to 350.00 per sq foot, absolutely rediculous.

  • Robert February 20, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Come on people. There’s no justification for prices this high. It’s pure greed and is disrespectful to the tiny community. This shouldn’t even be posted. I choose not to support those who lack integrity. The cost of housing and land, and codes and covenants, etc. are due to people who lack integrity and don’t give a crap about other people or the greater good. The cause and effect of some people and their actions are part of the reason the tiny community is even happening. Don’t allow yourselves to be pulled into the same mindset. Which means don’t pay high prices for tiny homes. It supports their greed and lack of community in the guise of community.

    • Alex February 20, 2014, 3:40 pm

      I hear ya Robert don’t worry there are more options than these $50K+ Tumbleweeds. Still some cool ideas can be absorbed just by looking at it too. Take it easy man, Alex

      • Robert February 20, 2014, 3:58 pm

        I hear ya. The photos do help with ideas. It’s frustrating people continue to abuse their position of power, even in communities such as this (referring to builders). I have looked into RVs as well, and they are way over priced because of the transition. People are downsizing, and one big reason is money. So tiny builders and RV businesses are taking advantage and over charging, instead of maintaining integrity to serve and provide all while still making a profit. The more affordable, the more units built, the more overall profit. The more units, the more demand for communities, affordable insurance coverage, and code allowances for use in cities, etc.

  • Alex February 20, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Tiny will always seem outrageously priced per sq. ft. because 1. it’s tiny and 2. it still has expensive core parts like A/C, a trailer, appliances, electrical, etc. Tiny houses are some of the most expensive houses in the world per sq. ft.

    • Paul from Noo Zilund February 24, 2014, 3:44 am

      Except for areas of EXTREME climate, tiny houses shouldn’t need A/C. It is perfectly feasible to build in cross air flow systems into a space this size. And no, doesn’t take up a lot of space, in fact virtually no space at all.

      Cost per sq ft isn’t the be all and end all. After all, most times you don’t have to factor in land ownership costs. You know, purchase price, ongoing property taxes etc.

      And, the ability to move your home from one place to another on a whim? Priceless!

      • Curious about earthquake proof March 7, 2014, 2:58 am

        As the name suggests, I’m curious about this home being earthquake proof, i.e. it could take a decent rock-n-roll, rough-n-tumble, and still be ok?

        or… not sure at this stage?

  • Sharon February 20, 2014, 3:33 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, isn’t this the very same house that Jay Schaffer built a number of years ago to promote this design? It’s been hauled to New York City, etc – so it has some mileage on it as well. A cool design, but agreed – this is an awful lot of $$ for a used shoebox!

  • Alex February 20, 2014, 3:39 pm

    That being said, yeah, $60k is a lot! But I still think some people would buy it (since I know people spend even more on Airstreams and stuff and this is even cooler in my opinion)

  • danabanana February 20, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I actually like the rustic, industrial look! Unfortunately like any good thing that comes along, there are those that jump on the wagon to exploit and or gain for self! I am in the process of looking for a trailer and to build my own home on wheels and would never consider paying anything close to the asking price of this! These can be built on any budget and can be done well! There are also classes you can take to get more informed before you embark!

  • Comet February 20, 2014, 4:26 pm

    @ALEX—Do you have a fever???

    There are plenty of new And used RV’s with LOTS more amenities than this out there. Check ANY Craigs or other re-sale site. And for LESS $$$$.

    And if you are interested I can show you not-bad houses (need some work but NOT falling into the cellar holes!!!) in my area for LESS than this—or slightly more–with the well septic elec kitchen bath etc IN PLACE.

    I just saw one (saw exterior in person and pics of inside) for $49k in a walkable “just outside of” down town with decent to better schools easy commute to several major areas for work schools or shopping. 100 year old house with what looks to ME like a “Tiny House” already in the back yard–most likely part of an old home business (like a 75 year old home business!) And a full size garage.

    And I live where MOST real estate values did NOT plummet. This is NOT the only bargain out there. If you wanna be an “Urban Homesteader” head for places like Buffalo where some gorgeous houses are going begging.

    As some one undecided on RV life in a few short years or buying a small place to fix up and use as a “Home base” I have been looking at these sorts of places for a while now. And I have two kids who have been looking; one bought and is re-doing a house and one is still on the hunt. With all the foreclosures out there finding something for a decent price should not be that hard—I live in a foreclosure myself altho this was because the owner died not because of a bank re-take.

    There are LOTS of alternatives to overpriced junk like this one. There is not one new idea here—just pretty paint and a nice counter top.

    • Alex February 20, 2014, 4:53 pm

      This one here is for sale for a lot less: http://tinyhousetalk.com/bens-tiny-house-for-sale/

      • Mike M February 24, 2014, 4:18 pm

        Bens tiny house is much much more realistic pricewise and looks as well built.

    • Paulyboy February 24, 2014, 3:29 am

      But… BUT… your $49k house can’t travel all around now can it. THAT is one of the benefits of a Tiny Home. RV’s are NOT constructed to be lived in 24/7… Tiny Homes are.

      And for the record rusted steel is a nightmare waiting to happen. Because the cancer will eventually eat its way through to the interior. Big Bikkies fixing that eh?

  • Alex February 20, 2014, 4:55 pm

    Didn’t mean to offend some of you guys with the price tag. Still thought it was worth sharing even for all of us who wouldn’t buy it.

    • Karen February 20, 2014, 7:57 pm

      Sticker shock but no offense……..
      Variety is what makes the world go round 8~}} without it we wouldnt even have “Tiny Houses” 8~}}
      Keep Sharing them allllll
      Love looking and dreaming and you can get ideas good or bad on everyone….

  • Jason Andetson February 20, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Undoubtedly. Price per square foot is an inaccurate
    Measure. However price does seem to be a little bit high.
    I am currently building my version of the Macy Miller design.
    Although I have minimal building experience My partner
    Has 35 years framing experience plus a touch of just
    About everything else. We hope to sell ours new in the low
    30,000 range. And it will be done right and tight,
    Skeletal structures with cross beams and notches.
    The ceiling will be beamed Cedar for added height
    And Character. Our philosophy is less is more
    Except! For the Bones… These ate areas that cannot
    Be improved upon once built. But anyone can upgrade a stove etc.
    If anyone may be interested shoot me a line.
    I can send in progress photos.
    Thanks, J

  • Sandra February 20, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Price out some Airstream trailers and you’ll think the price is more in line….I would imagine that this is much more well built than any RV for the same $$$. As for the rusted metal exterior….it may not be to your taste but I think it’s cool!

    • Alex February 21, 2014, 1:53 pm

      Totally. And these are normally 100% hand built with high end materials and appliances. It just doesn’t compare to most RVs.

      That being said, I LOVE RVs, motorhomes, travel trailers etc. And I’d prefer them over a tiny house for cross country traveling/camping. I also love DIY van dwelling conversions.

  • Simone February 20, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Alex, thank you for your dedication to sharing tiny houses. You help me fuel my tiny house fantasies. Though this isn’t the house or price for me, I am not offended that you shared it. Again, I am just very appreciative. Thank you.

  • Julie February 20, 2014, 9:35 pm

    I hope Tumbleweed reads these posts! I know a company needs to make a profit but I think this is totally overpriced. This is a great floor plan and I think if better priced Tumbleweed, in my opinion, would get more orders for it.

  • Emily S. February 20, 2014, 11:37 pm

    If you have way too much $$$ on your hands, then sure, throw $60K at a tiny weekend getaway-mobile.

    But for those of us of more modest means, the point of building or buying a small home is to avoid being indebted for life. We don’t have the luxury of spending (or even borrowing) $60K. Misses the point of why we are doing this in the first place.

    • Alex February 21, 2014, 11:06 am

      Yeah even if you got a loan for it without putting any money down it would be around $495/month with 5.6% interest for 15 years (an RV loan). And you have to find a place to keep it on your own (unless you already have land for it).

    • Paul from Noo Zilund February 24, 2014, 3:50 am

      Just remember, not everyone has the skills and/or the time to build themselves. For some people it makes better economic sense to get someone else to build while they continue earning their bread and butter.
      Builders, plumbers and electricians don’t come cheap, so perhaps Tumbleweeds prices aren’t altogether out of line. And, they are up for the costs until the unit is sold and paid for. There is a cost to money after all, much as we’d like for there to not be.

  • ChristeeLee February 21, 2014, 7:06 am

    SoCal Cottages has a couple of nice demo u its at $18k right now. One is a 20-foot Vardo. They also sell them at varouous stages, starting with a shell you can finish. Alex, you are great for bringing us some fantastic ideas from all over the place. Every day. Thank you. Even though this discussion seems to be negative, it reveals a legitimate issue tiny house builders have regarding labor and profit. Many of us are looking for affordable housing as well as a simpler life. If you can’t do a lot of the work, you’re out of a market like this. I love this unit but its beyond my budget. Airstream isn’t the only RV company that makes trailers and there are some amazing ones for a lot less. Built to last AND allow you to take your house on vacation with you.

  • Graeme Buchan February 21, 2014, 8:05 am

    A wonderful challenge, the ‘Mica’, and support to the concept of ‘sense of place’ and having followed the tiny house notion I believe it is not about AV’s, or trailers, caravans as we refer to them in Australia, but the ideology of all of us working towards minimizing impact of our living on the planet and having to do so within the confines of an overly regulated society. The tiny house evolving floor plan that I have seen, accommodating standard house appliances etc. ‘the comforts of home’ reinforces the ‘movement’ and I see the economics of this is up to the individual.

  • Dawn Anderson February 22, 2014, 11:36 am

    I saw a tiny house with the stairs against the wall going up to the loft. Can’t find it on your site any more. I like this idea as I am older and could not climb a ladder but could handle those stairs. Need more designs like that one to entice the older crowd. Can you find that one for me please and include some of those in your designs?

  • Mike M February 24, 2014, 4:09 pm

    I love the look and the layout but the price is way out of line. I would like to see a cost breakdown for this plan. Stick framing is not efficient for a home with wheels. A steel frame with structural panels from a company like Laminators would be much stronger, lighter and easier to build plus longer lasting. There appears to be little engineering done on any of the Tumbleweed plans, they just scale down a large home style using the same technolgy
    Mike

  • elaine kelly March 3, 2014, 12:34 am

    I would NEVER pay that amount for this house either.

  • Adam Wilson May 4, 2014, 4:02 pm

    The people commenting that this is outrageously expensive have not considered that this is a mobile home and is exempt from all the charges not explained to you when you buy a conventional home. You are paying for a home that you wont have to pay any property taxes, home owner association fees, mellow roos, fire prevention taxes, mortgage insurance, mortgage fees, homeowners insurance EVER. Dont forget about how much your conventional home costs after 30 years of interest payments.

    Here in California, Homes in general are rarely nice/ new/ affordable so this is a great alternative to what is available for under $100k

    Also, the whole point of a tiny house is to reduce all of your utility bills and still live comfortably. There is so much unused square footage in todays homes which contributes heavily in how extremely innefficient from everything to insulation, heating, cooling, cooking, waste management, and greywater usage they are. Even Mobile homes arent going to be nearly as efficient as a tiny house.

    Lastly, someone that has a full time job/ has a family / going to school / or other wise has a full schedule will need some of these houses pre built. The cost of materials alone for these are easily between 20k and 30k dollars. Someone has to spend their time here in the US building them that knows what they are doing, that deserve to be paid a good wage.

  • Clive G July 22, 2014, 1:51 am

    I do enjoy your site Alex and it still makes me smile how many people still want to shoot the messenger. My concerns with this unit is how are the metal sheets connected to frame and what protection is there between steel cladding and walls as condensation will be great, If plastic wrapped, does plastic go past trailer frame etc. There could be great rust issues if not done correctly. As for price up to the buyer. Keep up the good work.

  • John October 20, 2014, 1:37 pm

    I was in this actual tiny house this weekend. (Oct 2014) It is parked in Sonoma, CA. The PRICE on it is a “PRIVATE SALE” price set by its owner, not Tumbleweed. Tumbleweed is storing it for the owner and, yes, it is still donated by owner to be used promotions while it is stored before its sold.

    Having taken the build course now from Tumbleweed I can understand why their ‘ready mades’ cost so much more than DIY. Nobody mentioned in this post that Tumbleweed actually went through the process of getting their factory certified and their readymades are thus RVIA certified. That means they are true RV’s and they followed codes to get their. For a DIY to get that you’d pay more than $7K for the inspections on one TH and you’d have to build to a code. Some people want that piece of mind but also want a cute house instead of traditional RV.

    Then it’s labor people. These builders are professionals in all aspect of building. Hire a plumber to unclog your toilet and it’s $85 an hour. Same with building your house. If it took 3 professional people 15 days to build your house at $85/hr so you could just move it would be $30K.

    Factor in the cost of the modified trailer ($5000), premium materials, factory RVIA certification (which you can’t get if you make it yourself and $50-$60K is not as terrible as most peoples gut reactions are on this post.

    And…. this particular company tells you that you can build the same TH from their plans for far less if you DIY and get creative on supplies.

    To vilify this company for making a living on delivering a qualify product is ridiculous. I am not associate with this company in any way other than attending a build course. Keep an open mind people. If you are going to live full time in 150 sq feet you better make the space nice for you.

  • BLAKE November 20, 2014, 11:05 am

    RVs are NOT even close in the same league to be compared with a quality tiny like this. Maybe a airstream trailer is close because they are high end trailers with craftsmanship and top notch material used. The cheap plastic lame feel to the regular trailer out there isn’t even in the same league as a tiny house like this. The builder built it at a price and is selling it at another. Usually people talk about what you could BUILD the tiny for…. That’s the COST of what it takes to DIY it… not the retail cost making it a shock. $60,000 May be on the high end but it’s what they want and prob can get by someone just wanting a turn key unit. The research and time alone is twice what you think when you build these things… Ask anyone who’s done it.

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