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Zen Tiny House For Only $25k


This is a $25k zen tiny house that’s for sale in Encinitas, California via the Tiny House Marketplace.

It was built by The Zen Cottages (builder now known as Zen Tiny Homes) and includes features like a storage loft, sleeping loft, wood stove, skylights, and more. According to the listing, it’s the 20ft Alpine Model. What do you think? It seems like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it?

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$25k Zen Tiny Home For Sale in Encinitas, California…

Staircase with hand rail to the loft. Kitchen with barstools.

The entry with custom french doors, lots of windows, and two areas to lounge…

A closer look at this tiny house kitchen. Very nice for a 20ft tiny house, I think!

The fold-flat sleeper sofa…

Deck with overhead shade. That’s nice. Looks like you need it here, too! Lol! Maybe its new home will be somewhere in the woods where it’s shady?

The entryway, once again. This time, it’s goodbye👋

It’s the 20ft model (on the right). You can tell by the french doors and the bump-out over the trailer hitch. And there’s ANOTHER bump out in the rear too! That’s awesome…

Another look… Super cool!

House for sale is a basic 20′ “Alpine” Tiny Home.
House was used as a sales model, needs a new home ASAP.
Built to RV/ANSI Code.
Has 2 sleeping areas. (King Loft & Daybed)
Live in ready/off-grid ready.
Can be shipped anywhere in US.
Shipping cost is not included in price.
Please DO NOT inquire asking about shipping prices.
*House does not come with furniture.

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=> Tiny House Marketplace

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  • Avatar Andy Davis
    August 30, 2019, 1:40 pm

    What ANSI code is this built to and who certified it as being to any ANSI code? There are multiple violations shown in the photos and someone needs to be held accountable

    • Avatar James D.
      September 1, 2019, 1:33 am

      They’re RVIA Certified, this was built back in 2016…

      • Avatar Andy Davis
        September 3, 2019, 5:39 pm

        RVIA is not a standard, but rather the inspecting party. My question is which ANSI standard do they claim it is built to – regardless of year there are numerous violations and RVIA should be ashamed if they actually certified this so my question remains. WHAT ANSI standard do they claim this was built to and who (at RVIA) actually certified it?

        • Avatar James D.
          September 3, 2019, 6:48 pm

          Curious to know what you think are violations, if you don’t mind listing them?

          Anyway, it already sold so you’re going to have to contact the builder and ask them what specific standards they build to and see if they will release who did the inspection or you can try contacting RVIA.

  • Avatar Fred
    August 30, 2019, 2:41 pm

    Beautiful home.
    I love the “sail-like” awnings over the porch.
    I think Zen Tiny homes would do well to increase the length of that stair railing, though.
    Once you get ahold of it, you’ll not want to let go. Trust me; been there, done that, designed and built the mod that rectified the situation.
    However, overall, I think someone will end up being a happy and content owner of that THOW.

  • Avatar Christine Urbanek
    August 30, 2019, 3:20 pm

    I’d love to see the bathroom and where the fridge is… Lovely, but can’t see it all… I checked out the ad as well; same thing. Any chance of more photos please?

  • Avatar Joann Crefasi
    August 30, 2019, 3:35 pm

    Too bad they didn’t show the loft sleeping area or bath room. In features it says there are 2 sleeping areas ” king loft and day bed”. Is the “day bed” the futon or the seating in the bumpout?

    • Avatar Debra
      August 30, 2019, 7:29 pm

      Joann, I agree__I would have liked to have seen the loft and bathroom areas! Re: your question, I would think the ‘daybed’ is the window seat as they did say none of the furniture goes with the house! 😜😺

    • Avatar Fred
      August 30, 2019, 9:00 pm

      That’s how it appears to me, too.

    • Avatar Marcia
      August 30, 2019, 9:37 pm

      it does say fold flat sleeper sofa, but I’ll bet you could put child/small adult in the seating area in the bump-out. It even looks as though it has a “privacy” curtain as well. I would like to have seen the bathroom, also. I have to agree with the handrail comment, too. It looks as though you have to go up about 3 stairs before you get to the handrail, and conversely wouldn’t have a handrail near the bottom. I would prefer to sleep downstairs and let more “able-bodied” than myself have that adventure! 😀

      • Avatar James D.
        September 1, 2019, 2:07 am

        Look up article from Tiny House Town for “The Zen Cottage”… Zen Tiny Homes used to be Zen Cottages and this was built back in 2016 when they were still going by Zen Cottages.

        Article has a few more photos showing the loft, and the bathroom, not a lot more detail but shows the shower and sink…

        This model apparently has a under counter mini-fridge… They’ve never done a video tour. So any more detail you’ll have to contact the builder…

    • Avatar Elain
      October 14, 2019, 5:18 pm

      There is a picture of Bathroom and a pic of the main floor bunk.
      Look closer.

  • Avatar Altermease Williams
    August 30, 2019, 11:38 pm

    I would like to know, can i get a tiny house without a bedroom in the loft.

    • Avatar James D.
      August 31, 2019, 4:01 pm

      Yes…

  • Avatar Signi
    August 31, 2019, 5:02 pm

    Wow really nice and well done. Would love this to go across Canada/US!! Beautiful! Great price too! Can’t get anything for that price!

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    August 31, 2019, 9:11 pm

    What I think is it needs a bathroom and a refrigerator

    • Avatar James D.
      September 1, 2019, 1:38 am

      It has both…

  • Avatar Pamela
    September 1, 2019, 10:13 am

    I was told it is sold.

    • Avatar Alex
      September 1, 2019, 2:54 pm

      I believe it! Seemed like a really good deal for that.

  • Avatar Dondra
    September 4, 2019, 11:39 am

    If the stair was designed to be put up or down like for an attic, it would have given even more room and been more practical out of the way. Other than that it’s perfect for one person like a senior who needs little room but doesn’t want to live in retirement center such as myself.

    • Avatar James D.
      September 5, 2019, 1:25 am

      That’s definitely an option, you’ll see them used in some tiny houses. There are even types that will compact themselves to take up less space, but there are trade offs to consider.

      1) Much like a Murphy bed, they add work to move them every time you need to use them and put them away when you don’t.

      2) Depending on type, they may flex and move under load and that can make some people feel unsafe when using them every day.

      3) Just like a door, you can’t have anything in the area the stairs will move through and that reduces where you can place anything permanent like storage. Though, something movable may still be an option but it’ll have to be moved out of the way every time…

      Transformable furniture can save a lot of space but in practice most people can find them bothersome over time to use and end up leaving it in a permanent set up rather than deal with it every single day. There are exceptions, everyone is different, but that’s usually how it works out.

      But there are single level tiny homes that do away with worrying about the loft access… Along with other alternatives like lifts, elevator beds, etc.

  • Avatar Larry B.
    September 10, 2019, 3:30 pm

    In regards to the RVIA, I don’t know about that but I see 1 code violation that if you were building a house or even a truck mounted overhead camper or a trailer, you would have to do. The cooktop is a Gas cooktop and needs to be vented with an overhead vent/fan. 50 years ago Overhead Truck mounted campers and trailers had to have a vent for gas stovetops. Maybe because they have a window they get away with it but on a windy day that window would be useless. What surprises me is why they didn’t just go with an electric cooktop, all the THOW I’ve seen have been electric.

    • Avatar James D.
      September 17, 2019, 2:13 am

      While building codes typically will require adequate ventilation for any gas-fired appliance but most residential building codes do not specifically require a range hood above a stove or cook top, unless it’s a sealed off mechanical room with no natural ventilation, but some localities may require it even when there’s a window.

      So depends where the home is located if going by local building codes, and it may also depend on things like whether or not there’s a minimal BTU threshold for the requirement, as certain appliance will require more airflow than others and that may be reflected in the local code versus and blanket requirement on all appliances… But there are homes with just a window above the cooking range that still meet their local building code requirements…

      So not really surprising to see it done in an RV because RV requirements are generally less strict than residential codes except for road and fire safety… Remember, RV’s are not considered residential dwellings but only recreational vehicles meant for temporary usages.

      While codes are dependent on their specific wording, as that can mean the difference between a specific requirement and a level of interpretation that may depend on the inspector’s understanding of the code and what has traditionally been allowed.

      But there’s also more than one type of vent system you could use. Such as down vents, through wall vents, through roof or skylight fan, ducted and ductless vents, whole house ventilation systems, etc. You can also improvise and just have a window fan… So a lack of traditional range hood vent doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no venting…

      Mind also, some things sometimes get removed during the taking of photos if they may negatively impact the appearance of the space but would normally be there otherwise. So going by some photos, especially incomplete set like these that don’t show everything, can’t necessarily be used to make too many conclusions…

      Like, for some homes, the cook top can be on a quick disconnect because it’s normally used for outdoor cooking and may only be occasionally used indoors during bad weather.

      Homes used as AirBNB’s may also only have it as a backup as often the host will provide meals as part of the service…

      Similarly, some, like this one, was used as a sales model, which typically is only for show and wasn’t set up for someone to actually live in. So tends to be very minimal, but that often gets remedied when sold…

      If the new owner posts updated photos then we may know for sure but so far it seems a lot of speculations…

      • Avatar Ruth
        October 1, 2019, 12:26 pm

        Thank you – great design n value

        Extra thanks for your exceptional knowledge and professionalism and impeccable patience!

        I am shopping for one and wanted to see it but I see it’s been sold. Kudos to the owner.

        Ruth

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