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880 Sq. Ft. Scotts Valley Cottage

This is the 880 sq. ft. Scotts Valley Cottage.

It’s for sale (asking $579,000) in Santa Cruz County, California.

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880 Sq. Ft. Scotts Valley Cottage


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  • janp October 28, 2016, 5:27 pm

    very nice house, but some how I must have missed the message. small houses were not designed to cost 2-3 times the cost of the big houses. I only see this if its NY or California and I dont live in either, but I sure would not give up my home for one that costs 2 or more times where I already live. what is happening to the concept

    • Gigi October 28, 2016, 8:52 pm

      This house is in California, hence the elevated cost.
      Nothing is happening to the tiny house concept. If you have the talent to build it (with some recycled materials) and a place to put it, then you have something affordable. If you have to hire a builder and can’t find cheap land, then the cost goes up.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:47 am

        Yes, Gigi — exactly! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sally Schrock October 28, 2016, 5:39 pm

    I’m not impressed with this at all. The bland cookie-cutter design and layout just doesn’t get my heart racing at all. As a matter of fact, it’s eliciting a series of yawns from yours truly here. Moving on……

  • Eric October 28, 2016, 6:08 pm

    Pretty much “yuk”. Very, very, generic. 1985 called and they want their oak cabinets, flooring, and overall design back. No proper landscaping, either. Yes, $580k is cheap for anything driving distance to Silicon Valley, but the commute is horrific, and the house is just not that great. Wouldn’t have taken much to make it something special, design-wise. You could paint the cabinets white, perhaps, but there’s the ugly floor to deal with. Might be hardwood, and if so, could be sanded and stained. One can only hope that’s real stone (granite, or whatever) and not wood made to look like stone, but it’s still ugly as all hell. I’d want to replace it, big time. And the fireplace brass surround… yuk. Gots to go. Then redo the landscaping to have some sort of crabgrass, at least. Low-maintenance, low water, stuff. Natural vegetation and rock kind of stuff. Have a deck or cement under the area with the patio set, too.

    Outside of that, I like it. 🙂 For maybe $450k.

  • Hudson October 28, 2016, 6:52 pm

    570 THOUSAND dollars???!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:47 am

      That’s California for you… — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Janet October 28, 2016, 7:19 pm

    If I had $570,000.00 what would I do? I’d pay off every single bill – that’s about $1,000.00, then my student loan – $12,000.00. So, I still have so much left. I’d leave Sacramento so fast and buy a tiny house of about 300 sq ft and design it nicely, not outlandishly. I’d sell my 1995 Honda for parts and buy a used truck, give a bunch to charity and make sure I have enough to live till whenever. I certainly wouldn’t buy that house!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:48 am

      Those are all great things to do 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Billie October 28, 2016, 8:43 pm

    Scotts Valley (population around 12,000) is an absolutely gorgeous town surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains and not far from San Jose and the Silicon Valley so the price is actually not bad considering. In fact, as a bit of trivia – Alfred Hitchcock had a home here at one time. The lot seems a decent size although it could use some landscaping and with furniture, I think the inside could be could be quite charming. I’d be quite happy living in the area and the house.

    • Robynne Catheron October 29, 2016, 2:43 pm

      I’m with you, Billie!

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:49 am

        Agreed 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Ama October 28, 2016, 9:31 pm

    Kind of reminds me of a mobile home…. Yep, crazy CA prices….

  • Soni October 28, 2016, 9:39 pm

    This isn’t a small house! I grew up in a tract house, the Levittowner, that was only 700 sq. feet. That was NORMAL !

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:49 am

      It’s certainly small for folks downsizing from 2,000+ sq. ft. (which is not that uncommon) 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Elle October 29, 2016, 11:09 am

    I agree with several of the posters–cookie cutter design (meaning no design), price is the typical CA outrageous, too close the neighbors and the lot has little to recommend it. If I had a 1/2 million laying about I could find much better options.

  • Lisa E. October 29, 2016, 2:32 pm

    Over a half-million dollars for this glorified shed? Yuh, right. The Real Estate people are out of their minds.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:50 am

      Location, Location, Location 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Robynne Catheron October 29, 2016, 2:42 pm

    I’m with Billie- This darling little house is a canvas just waiting for its artist. I grew up in Scotts Valley, and this price is very reasonable. I’d happily pay it to live in Santa Cruz County. The charm and laid-back-but-green attitude is Nirvana to a retired hippie, especially if you have no need or desire to drive over “the hill.” Too bad I now have roots in upstate New York; I’d dearly love and appreciate this little beauty!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 31, 2016, 8:51 am

      So glad to hear that! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Thomas Porter October 30, 2016, 12:04 am

    A bit pricey no matter where it is!

  • Emily c. October 30, 2016, 6:28 pm

    I’m looking into downsizing and living cheaper in my older years not staying in dept. This house is not for me.

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 2, 2016, 10:37 am

    Way to pricey for my blood…..!

  • Michele November 5, 2016, 3:23 pm

    3 bedrooms in 880 sq. ft? Doesn’t make sense.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 7, 2016, 9:30 am

      Good planning, I suppose! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Patricia November 14, 2016, 5:02 pm

    I actually like this home, a lot. What may seem bland and cookie-cutter to some offers a lot of opportunity to me! I am using a walker/wheelchair and all the open floor space is perfect. The kitchen is compact and has everything we would want. If I were to build this from scratch, I would place the fireplace on the other end of the great room, take the carpeting out of the bedrooms, make one smaller for an office, and the Master bedroom larger.

    The grounds need work, but if I were to build one like it here in Colorado not only would the price be much, much, much less, but the need for landscaping isn’t a high priority if placed in the right setting.

    Overall, though, I do like the house.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 16, 2016, 7:41 am

      Thanks for chiming in positively Patricia! — Tiny House Talk Team

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