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496 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cabin in California Sells for $370k

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This is a 496 sq. ft. tiny cabin with expansive decks for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors recently sold for $370,000 according to Realtor.com.

It features skylights and an abundance of windows to help bring the outdoors in. When you go inside you’ll find a downstairs bedroom, a cozy upstairs sleeping loft, a bathroom, living room, and a lovely little kitchen.

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496 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cabin in California Sells for $370k

496 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cabin in California

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Cabin with Expansive Deck in California 496 Sq. Ft. Cabin that Sold for $370,000 Nice Deck in this Tiny Cottage

Related: 690 Sq. Ft. Little Lost Cabin in Idaho

Cozy Living Room in this Tiny Chalet in California Nice Classic Fireplace with Tiled Floor Area for It Fireplace in the Living Room and Large Windows Open Living and Dining area with Lots of Windows Beautiful Little Kitchen with Tiled Countertops and Lighting Downstairs Bedroom Cozy Upstairs Sleeping Loft with Awesome Windows and Built-in Storage Bathroom with Shower in this Little Cottage

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Learn more: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/11734-Ridge-Dr_Guerneville_CA_95446_M28941-46331

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  • Liz
    September 21, 2015, 1:02 pm

    Very nice place with a horrific price tag. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you have to be stupid about it. And paying $370,000 ($746 sq.ft) is just stupid. I don’t care where it’s located. As long as people will pay for exorbitantly prices, someone is going to be a lot richer and someone is going to be a lot poorer. The richer person, although greedy, will be the winner here.

    • Matt
      September 21, 2015, 1:59 pm

      I totally agree. I’ve seen very very few times when it is actually cheaper to buy a tiny home than an actual house. It would be helpful when they post these places selling at ridiculous prices if they posted some comps, so that people could determine if living tiny is actually more affordable in the area or if they are simply paying for a fad

    • Cate
      September 21, 2015, 4:00 pm

      I also am very disgusted with all the greed surrounding this fad but rich people like to brag about how much they pay for things & care nothing about the rest of us. Too bad.

    • shelley solaris
      October 6, 2015, 1:50 pm

      Many of the comments on this tiny house seem to not understand the economics of home buying. To say that the price for this tiny house is $746/sq ft is a misunderstanding of what you pay for when you buy a home. Part of the total price is for the structure, the other part of the price is the land it sits on and location. In some parts of the country the structure (house) is the biggest part of the equation and the land the smaller part. Other areas, especially areas where many people have a great desire to live, the land is the biggest part of the equation. This tiny house is located in an area which is highly desirable to a large number of folks, therefore the price of land is very high. I would estimate the land value of this tiny house is probably in the area of $250,000 and the house is probably $120,000. I challenge anyone to build a structure as nice as this one looks for less than $120,000. This tiny house is not the same as a 120 sq ft THOW. If I were in the market I would easily pay $370k for this very nice home.

      • kristina nadreau
        October 6, 2015, 3:04 pm

        I strongly agree with Shelly Solaris. also, anyone who believes this price is too high, is not being required to buy it. I do not know if the owner is greedy or asking an exorbitant price, and neither do any of those who are commenting because they are shocked. There are much less expensive options, in different areas of the country. I could get a cute little house in Cedar Falls Iowa for $75000, for example

        • Marcia
          January 6, 2018, 5:22 pm

          Yea, but then you’d be living in Cedar Falls. Not to knock Cedar Falls. A nice place I’m sure, but seriously lacking in redwoods, proximity to oceans, mountains and San Francisco. Which is what you’re paying for here. This looks like a bargain by Sonoma County standards. Ah, just noticed the 2015 date. It’s probably $500K by now.

  • Bonny
    September 21, 2015, 2:28 pm

    Many comment about the price but if this is located in, or very near, a major vacation center in California…such as Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, etc. then the price is probably in line with others. A small place usually has a higher per sq. ft. price but this is a little high. However, people in the Los Angeles area and the Bay Area (San Francisco, etc) will pay that much for a vacation place…they pay over three times that for their permanent homes in California. I’m not standing up for this…I live here too…but I picked a county where you can buy a nice, clean, cute 1,000 to 1,300 sq ft house for under $150,000. Just eight miles away, this same house I paid $100,000 for would be about $270,000 (because the bigger town is a college town). It’s all relative.

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 4:05 pm

      Thanks for the info Bonny we all appreciate the insight!

  • vee
    September 21, 2015, 3:53 pm

    I agree with Bonny. Yes, it is expensive but this is, after all, Caly where prices are nuts! This area is a very popular vacation land for San Franciscans and it’s really a pretty area. That said — I find the house very charming. It has everything I might need or want. Only negative for me would be the decks — lots of decks and they need to be maintained fairly frequently!!!

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 4:02 pm

      Thanks Vee! I agree, maintaining the decks, although they are super nice, would definitely be a negative!

      • Sharee
        October 6, 2015, 12:49 pm

        You can still have those decks. Use composite boards. No maintenance needed…supposedly. Go ahead. Dream.

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 4:03 pm

      ..and glad to hear that this is a desirable location to help justify the high sale price. Real estate prices seem to be going up up up again. In my area in Florida rentals and homes for sale are becoming outrageous again 🙁

  • gale
    September 21, 2015, 3:58 pm

    I agree the price is crazy high. This would buy a 6 bed 4 bath in most of NC but at least you can get ideas for yourself in a lower priced area. There is always something you can take away for your own tiny/small home.

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 4:01 pm

      Exactly! Thanks Gale.

  • Dv8Darwin
    September 21, 2015, 6:10 pm

    So I thought one of the main attractions to the tiny house movement was to have an economical home to allow for pursuing other passions… how does buying $800/ sqft get you there? Am I missing something.

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 6:19 pm

      The high prices frustrate me too. I get mad all the time because of the lack of affordable housing available. But the reason I showcase these is to show you the ideas which you can take for free because you can probably build a cabin just like this one, on your own land somewhere, for $30k or so, and maybe even less if you use reclaimed materials. Hope this makes sense and my intention is that all of this “tiny house talk” will someday lead to more affordable housing options in the future.

      • vee
        September 21, 2015, 6:29 pm

        I “get” what this wonderful series is about. I think some folks don’t
        realize one can copy the ideas in an area that is affordable. I’m totally enjoying all the marvelous tips for small living and am
        currently applying same to my new casa!! Thanks!!

        • Alex
          September 21, 2015, 11:23 pm

          Thanks Vee!! 🙂

    • DB
      September 21, 2015, 7:56 pm

      I agree, at $800/sqft it sounds crazy but it is a “house” for just $370K in a market that probably sees the typical 2 bed 1 bath full size house go for nearer a $1 Million if not more. Just a guess since I don’t know the market. Remember the first three rules of real estate: location, location, location.

  • Brandi
    September 21, 2015, 6:18 pm

    More work or not the DECKS are what made me start salivating first. This would be my favorite spots in the whole place. There is a sealer that I have purchased, but not used yet that is a 10 year product and protects against all wear and tare. It doesn’t have to be as big a job as some think. This place is adorable, yet out of my price range.

    Alex, thank you for all you do for this subject matter.


    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 11:29 pm

      Thanks, Brandi!

    • Marcia
      January 6, 2018, 5:53 pm

      And in this area – beautiful natural landscape, temperate climate, pretty low bug ratio, no rain for most of the year – the deck and the grounds are where you mostly live. As a friend of mine put it: The house is just a place to park the plumbing.

  • Laura
    September 21, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Yes, the price of this beautiful, tiny home is very high but it is California and everything is more expensive there. I wouldn’t pay that much for it. Who am I to judge? They have the money, they worked hard for it, they have the right to spend it how they wish. How is the price of this home hurting the tiny house movement? Those who want to downsize and live simply will continue to do so and I applaud them. But I also feel its not our place to tell the wealthy how to spend their money.

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 11:23 pm

      Thanks Laura that was nicely said.

    • Marcia
      January 6, 2018, 5:38 pm

      And if you are downsizing from your house in San Francisco that you bought 40 years ago, want to retire outside the City but not so far you can’t get back frequently, you can now cash out and afford three of these.

  • JJ
    September 21, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Real estate is being pimped. Housing is a right. The fact that our corporate-controlled greed system has whittled many pensions & killed unions, people have been corralled into depending on outrageous appreciation on their homes to acquire a nest egg. The cost of housing has long been out of sync with wages, especially the majority of workers’ wages. Unless there is a huge lot involved here, people are over paying. Does the carpenter/plumber/electrician get a residual every time something they’ve built is resold or rented? Value is something in the fantasy realm with housing with those who never dirtied their hands on a single piece of wood collecting more than those who did. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

  • CG
    September 21, 2015, 11:23 pm

    JJ….just read your post. Sorry I have to disagree with much of what you said. Housing is not a “right”. You are going to live, even if you don’t have a house. Some choose to live under bridges, in tents in the woods, etc. That is their housing. Some live in such places out of temporary necessity. Sounds like hatred for the “rich”, and I certainly understand where you are coming from…..but I disagree with your opinions on the way things really are. Some of it is true sometimes…..but then a stopped clock is right twice a day. Hope life improves for you. Sailors don’t learn to become expert pilots of boats in calm waters. To become great sailors, they have to encounter some storms. It’s that way in life, isn’t it? To become our best, we have to encounter some storms. Bill Gates said, “Life is not fair. Get used to it.” So true. We are all constantly growing and either improving or becoming bitter. I am thankful for tiny homes. Even people who live in areas where they have to pay more can choose to live tiny and save some money. I am not there yet, but am certainly interested in the prospects of saving some money by going tiny one of these days. 🙂

    • Alex
      September 21, 2015, 11:30 pm

      Thanks CG! I appreciate your input.

  • Bev True
    September 22, 2015, 1:18 am

    You cannot compare prices in CA with prices in other areas. This is near the Russian River. It is alllll about location. People who live in cheaper locations like to criticize but is always about location. If you want cheap, go to a desert.

    • Bev True
      September 22, 2015, 1:22 am

      You cannot compare prices in CA with prices in other areas. This is near the Russian River. It is alllll about location. People who live in cheaper locations like to criticize but is always about location. If you want cheap, go to a desert. This house is drop dead gorgeous. I would LOVE to live there. Also if you can afford to buy there, you probably can afford the upkeep on the decks.

    • Bev True
      September 22, 2015, 1:29 am

      My comment duplicated. Can’t correct it. Pls erase the first one.

  • vee
    September 22, 2015, 9:44 am

    I agree with Bev True. Re decks: To clarify — I had one with extensive railings, stairs, etc. When I say it’s a maintenance nightmare I wasn’t referring to the cost — only that it constantly needed to be maintained. It was a real pain! I like a deck, but one of a decent size would be enough!! Re prices in Caly being outrageous — there are parts of the state (think desert and boon docks) where prices are very low. And — if you think Caly is high-priced — try Manhattan!!!

    • alice h
      October 6, 2015, 1:24 pm

      If you build a deck make sure you leave enough space between the boards for pine needles and the like to drop through easily when sweeping, otherwise you will need to clean each and every crack a few times a year. Among other maintenance. How do I know this? 3 guesses and the first 2 don’t count!

      • vee
        October 6, 2015, 7:31 pm

        Good advice, Alice! The debris from trees, etc. were a problem as well. Mostly, tho, it was the extensive maintenance of the wood.

  • Amber
    September 22, 2015, 3:35 pm

    Hi everyone! First time commenting here!

    Alex, thanks for all the finds and info you send. Love your newsletters.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (north of the Golden Gate bridge). I just sold a condo for an amazing price to downsize into an RV. The price paid for my unit was astonishing. Realestate prices throughout this region are as breathtaking as the scenery. I am by no means justifying what the market is doing. There are people here who have a lot of money, want a piece of property, and bid to get it. Many are paying cash, by the way, so don’t assume there’s a mortgage.

    And since I’m waxing here, I have seen other little or tiny houses posted for price tags that I thought were kind of steep. No, not hundreds of thousands of $$$, but nevertheless similar when thinking about price and value.

    Anyway, I appreciate the variety of posts and examples provided. Great way to explore and gain insights all from my arm chair!

  • Amy
    September 22, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Dad how many negative comments here. The cost has nothing to do with the house size. This is located in Sonoma County, wine and redwood country. It’s on the Russian River. Your paying for the land not the size of the house. Houses on wheels will never cost this. Houses on land no matter the size will.

    • vee
      September 22, 2015, 8:38 pm

      You “nailed it” Amy!!!

  • ahmed
    September 23, 2015, 9:34 am

    Sorry, I rather built one for 70k n keep 300k in the bank.

  • Dwayne
    September 29, 2015, 9:38 pm

    I couldn’t care less about what it sold for, , and it is no where worth what you are saying it cold for, , it’s cute, , that’s it, ,

  • Mary donahue
    October 6, 2015, 12:48 pm

    “To each his own”. Personally, I would rather live in a small house in Sonoma county than the 6/4 referenced above in other places. As a native, I hope more ‘outsiders’ would stop falling in love with our lifestyle and be scared away by the prices they have driven up. Unfortunately for our children, these prices may it hard for them to stay here. This house would provide a lovely lifestyle at less than rental cost of a nearby apartment.

  • geri bentley
    October 6, 2015, 1:09 pm

    Looks like they cut down a forest also to build that tiny house with the deck. What happened to being easy on the planet?

  • Sandi B
    October 6, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I too live in California. While I do not live in wine country I do live in a high priced area. I agree that the price for this house is way overpriced, (land included), however, as many have stated above it is the location — if I were to win the lottery I would pay that for that house where it is — somehow that PCH van never seems to pull up out front nor does my lottery ticket ever seem to have the winning numbers. Right now I have to say I am glad the housing prices are as they are here — the bottom will fall out soon enough, but hopefully not before I get this property sold and can run with the cash and build what I want where I want.

    This is a beautiful house with many great ideas that can be utilized. All the places that Alex shares with us have at least one aspect that we can utilize from a small storage idea to kitchen/bath design etc. We take away those ideas and get closer to what we want. I have to say thanks to Alex for continuing to freely share these with us — I look forward to each post.

  • Mary
    October 6, 2015, 7:47 pm

    I would like to point out this house is almost 65 years old and there is an excellent chance the majority is original — redwood decks and knotty pine inside. My family had such a house near by.
    The cost is low for this area and probably represents someone wanting to live that relaxed, beautiful lifestyle –affordable if have a middle class job and or sold a home with some equity.
    As to criticism, the sustainability price should be recognized. Trailers and homes poorly built with cheap materials end up costing everyone more in the long run.
    As someone who is considering downsizing in the future, I enjoyed seeing such a house I could see living in since a trailer in a desert or someone else’s backyard is not for me. This is an example of a very livable very small house.

  • Karen
    October 7, 2015, 12:56 am

    Cute house, crazy price. I have friends who live at Pebble Beach- they have an insanely gorgeous guest house I get to stay in for a couple of weeks every year. I bet it’s worth even more, and it’s about the same square footage.

    I currently live in the far north of Canada. I bought a 50 year old 20×30 house, with two floors. 3 bedrooms and bath upstairs. It’s a great little house- I put a wee bit of money into it to make it warm and dry and safe. (new roof, windows, furnace, water heater etc). I spent a grand total, including the price of the house, of $25,000 CND. Yes, you read that right. The catch is location, of course. There’s not much work to speak of here, so I work away. So what I’m getting at is, location is everything. Looking forward to my winter vacation at PB!

  • October 7, 2015, 10:41 am

    Hi Everyone,
    I can see why that this tiny house went for $370k, It’s outstanding!! I love everything about it. It is beautiful!! The woodwork and the windows and the decks are just gorgeous!! I love the fact there is space to be able to move around. I like the fact there is a bedroom on the first floor.

    I’m not crazy over the price but you have to take into consideration the size of the home, where it’s located and how much land goes with the property. Don’t forget that when you purchase a home it’s like putting money in the bank, if you go to sell your home and if your property has been well taken care of you can make a lot of money. It all depends on what your selling it for and how much you owe on your mortgage. My husband and I bought three homes and we sold two of them and we made money on them. You have to look at it as an investment. The money we made on our homes we took everything that we made and put into the next house we bought. My point is we could never have saved that much money in the bank.

    Alex, thank you for sharing the house was awesome!! Carol Perry

  • Adriane
    January 30, 2016, 7:50 pm

    Just a suggestion, but one of the biggest complaints I see on almost every Tiny House comment thread is the price of these houses. Part of the appeal (and resulting popularity) of the TH movement was the reduction in cost for building these houses, and I agree with the complaints that these articles don’t seem to reflect that. I also see the point that cost reflects what area its in, among other things. So would there be a way, in instances like this, to state the cost of the house, such as supplies & building costs, seperately from land costs?

  • Gerri Alexander
    January 31, 2016, 1:13 am

    If this house was a little bit bigger it would have been sold already for a million there.

  • Helen Haight
    January 31, 2016, 1:01 pm

    When I first discovered this site, I too thought it was conveying the wrong message regarding the tiny house movement(and got blasted by someone called Monica who worked for it for commenting so….)…..
    I have found it a great source for possible real estate opportunities, vacation options, and wonderful examples of the scope of possibilities for tiny house living……..beauty is in the eye of the beholder whether that be creativity, function, image, etc.
    Alex presents multiple categories for a diverse audience, so they can pick and choose what enhances their In terests.
    Thank you, Alex……..nice job!

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