This tiny house is one of a kind. It’s a rustic mushroom-shaped cabin in the Aptos in Santa Cruz, California.

It’s beautiful and surrounded with nature. Looks really peaceful. It’s shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and right next to a Redwood grove. The best part of all… You can rent a few nights in it if you wanted to.

There is a large deck outside to enjoy the natural view plus there are multiple acres to hike around in. The cabin’s loft is under a geodesic dome with a double sized bed.

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Photos courtesy of Kitty and Michael

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Photos courtesy of Kitty and Michael

On the main floor there’s a futon, kitchenette with hotplates, a small refrigerator, toaster, blender, and coffee machine. There are two tables for meals and games–one inside and one on the deck outside which you can see in the pictures above.

There is a gorgeous little bathroom with shower, nice tile, sink, and regular toilet.

Less than 10 minutes away is Aptos Village where there are stores, a theater, restaurants, and grocery stores. The beach is about ten minutes away. San Francisco is an hour and a half away.

For more pictures, information, to book a stay here and to read reviews from people who’ve stayed here, click here.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • Arlos

    What a great little gem to find in my own backyard!!! That reminds me i have a treehouse in the making with the same idea in mind. I've never bothered to count how many redwoods we have by the creek on our property but it sure makes a perfect place here in the redwoods and minutes to the beach in Aptos.

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  • tinyhousetalk

    Hey Arlos,

    We all would love to check out the making of your tree house if you are able to share. Sounds like a wonderful place to live. Are you building it close to the creek?

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  • Arlos

    I would absolutely love to share the process of designing and building this. We have over 1/4 acre That is back by a creek and about 1 mile to the ocean. This was the former site of the CLaus Spreckles Polo Field. A horse barn used to set on our property and a few of the boards can still be found among the redwoods. The grove in particular that I'm considering building in is a ring of about 35 ft in diameter which means the tree that spawned these was about 35' is diameter and harvested right after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake like much of the old growth forests in northern california.
    I'll start photographing this to document the process which is going to go hand in hand with being key speaker at a green expo in Santa Cruz, Ca this sept on the future of sanitation. a subject that always has it's challenges in a tree house.

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  • tinyhousetalk

    I can't wait to see photos and learn more, sounds like a really fun project. I'm anxious to start my own building project of some kind. Please keep in touch! My e-mail is tinyhousetalk [at] gmail. Talk to you soon… Alex

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  • Arlos

    I would absolutely love to share the process of designing and building this. We have over 1/4 acre That is back by a creek and about 1 mile to the ocean. This was the former site of the CLaus Spreckles Polo Field. A horse barn used to set on our property and a few of the boards can still be found among the redwoods. The grove in particular that I'm considering building in is a ring of about 35 ft in diameter which means the tree that spawned these was about 35' is diameter and harvested right after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake like much of the old growth forests in northern california.
    I'll start photographing this to document the process which is going to go hand in hand with being key speaker at a green expo in Santa Cruz, Ca this sept on the future of sanitation. a subject that always has it's challenges in a tree house.

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  • tinyhousetalk

    I can't wait to see photos and learn more, sounds like a really fun project. I'm anxious to start my own building project of some kind. Please keep in touch! My e-mail is tinyhousetalk [at] gmail. Talk to you soon… Alex

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  • Kitty

    I just found out about this great site from someone staying in our Mushroom Dome Cabin who told me they found us on this website! Thanks for the links!
    If anyone is interested in building their own Mushroom Dome Cabin, you can buy a kit from Econ-O-Dome. You can find them on the net at fazechange@one-eleven.net or call them at 888-dome-luv (888-366-3588).
    The Mushroom Dome (the ground floor) is only 100sq feet so you don’t need a building permit.
    The toilet that we installed in our bathroom is a ceramic boat toilet that uses only 1.25 cups per flush. It is a direct drop into a 5 gal. bucket which strains the waste (we don’t add toilet paper): the waste water goes into a composting bog and the solids get buried once a month in our woods. It works great.
    BTY, my husbands name is Michael, not Mich.
    Thanks

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  • Alex

    Hi Kitty, so glad that a viewer ended up there because of this post. How awesome! Thanks for telling us more about the kit, I had no idea there was one available. And I fixed Michael’s name. :)

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  • Natalie

    My husband and I stayed here in July for our honeymoon! It was soo perfect and relaxing and peaceful to be out in the woods. We love the idea of tiny houses and plan to move into one of our own soon!

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  • Alex

    Hi Natalie! I’m so glad you stopped by here. How cool that you had your honeymoon right there! It must have been amazing. Please don’t forget to keep us updated on your tiny house plans! My email is tinyhousetalk@gmail.com if you need any help.

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  • John

    Love it, I receive the tiny house newsletter and this was a link on the bottom of the page. Was just looking at the kit a few days ago. The kit price’s are very resonable. Love the little place, nice work!

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  • John

    Hi!
    I was curious as to how you roofed the dome. Did you apply tar paper on the wood, or over foam? Are the large sheets asphalt? It is very interesting and have not seen anything like it. Thanks, John

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  • Daniel

    Love to see something like this in Australia.

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  • di

    Needs more windows.

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