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960 Sq. Ft. Cozy Beach Cottage

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This 960 sq. ft. cozy beach cottage was built in 1978 on a .25 acre lot located in Kennebunk, ME.

Inside you’ll find three bedrooms and one bathroom. The best part is that you have views of the beach from inside and you’re just steps from the sand.

This property is actually for sale with an asking price of $1.3 million (ouch!). But really I just wanted to show you the little cottage because I think it’s a great small house design for a family to live simply in. What do you think?

960 Sq. Ft. Cozy Beach Cottage


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  • Linda
    February 7, 2015, 10:08 am

    Beautiful home and gorgeous view! VERY EXPENSIVE! Sotheby’s International Realty says it all.

  • alice h
    February 7, 2015, 10:19 am

    Maybe I could afford just the porch and deck chairs. I like the look of those cathedral ceilinged places but for practical purposes like heating and use of space they’re not really on my must have list. Works in a tiny house but I find it hard to justify on such a large scale. Of course it’s probably mostly a summer house.

    • Farts
      May 25, 2015, 8:54 pm

      Ramble much?

  • Robert
    February 7, 2015, 10:22 am

    Really like it. How can I get the plans?

    • Cahow
      February 8, 2015, 7:58 pm

      Robert: show these photos to any licensed architect and they will be more than happy to work up a set of plans for you. 😀

  • Sharee
    February 7, 2015, 11:18 am

    Beautiful, but not tiny.

  • Linn
    February 7, 2015, 11:56 am

    Beautiful little house, gorgeous setting. But for 1.3 million, I’d need an upstairs bathroom!

  • Meg
    February 7, 2015, 11:56 am

    Yes, it is, still, a small house – under 1,000 Sqft. And, given the place, Kennebunkport, ME, it’s in the right price range. It’s a very pricy place to live and/or own land. However, I imagine it would not cost as much were it not for the location. On the other hand, were it not for the location, would it be as spectacular inside and out? Love to know the cost to build …

  • Rich
    February 7, 2015, 12:18 pm

    …… looking forward to the day when Sotheby’s lists a tiny house on wheels 😉

  • CathyAnn
    February 7, 2015, 12:44 pm

    I like the layout of this house, but Alice has an excellent point – heating. For the warm months of the year, no problem.

    IMO, a small family could live quite comfortably in a house this size. Heck, I grew up in a family of 4 in a 2-bedroom, 1-bath house. If we had had this house, we would have been VERY comfortable.

    • Scooter
      February 7, 2015, 2:30 pm

      Hi Cathy Ann, Sounds like we both know that families can be fine in smaller houses. Not everyone needs their own bedroom and bathroom! Kennebunkport is great, and there is only so much coastline to be had in southern Maine. There is a lot of fresh water to look out over in Michigan! Many vistas still available!

  • Patrick A. Imler
    February 7, 2015, 1:18 pm

    This is a fantastic house, but what I love most about it is that it has a
    staircase to the loft instead of just a ladder! With my poor eyesight
    a ladder would be far too dangerous for me to use! Do you have any
    other pics of tiny houses with a staircase like this one?? If you do, I
    would really LOVE to see them!


  • Jenifer
    February 7, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I could definitely live here. in fact, I’d say it’s too big for us. LOL 😀

  • kathy johnston
    February 7, 2015, 1:59 pm

    I love it all. I also wonder how much this would cost to build?

  • Kelly Libert
    February 7, 2015, 3:06 pm

    Charming and very New England in appearance. No doubt that the majority of that price is due to its location. Beach front property in an exclusive area. Built in a less expensive location, I imagine that it wouldn’t cost much more than $150k for house and land, less if you contributed labor and was creative in finding materials. I love the juxtaposition of traditional exterior and modern, spacious interior. Too bad the interior decor is yard sale cast off.

  • Lynnette
    February 7, 2015, 3:29 pm

    In LOVE!!!!! ♡♡♡

  • Randi
    February 7, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Very beautiful but I don’t care where it is located-it is not worth a million dollars.

  • Doug
    February 7, 2015, 5:07 pm

    1.3 million? And they put a 6 foot wide porch on the front? This is pretty design poor for that kind of money.

    • ✌Adina Hirschmann
      March 7, 2015, 6:55 pm

      A front porch is nice if you wish to socialize with the neighbors. I wouldn’t call that wasted.

  • Kay
    February 7, 2015, 6:00 pm

    This is really a nice small house! I think this is the future of tiny houses when they get codes and laws that allow a house this size to be built.

    Lots of people are very comfortable in a shared bedroom and one bath house.

  • mARIE
    February 7, 2015, 6:18 pm


  • Beth Mccunn
    February 7, 2015, 7:59 pm

    Beautiful house! Is it possible to get plans for it?

    • Cahow
      February 8, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Beth: show these photos to any licensed architect and they will be more than happy to work up a set of plans for you. 😀

  • Ahmed
    February 7, 2015, 8:20 pm

    Very nice looking I must admit, but at 1.3 million, I can built my own tiny town with a very tiny target, Wal-Mart, tiny everything… even a tiny cemetery… lol

    • Cahow
      February 9, 2015, 10:11 am

      Ahmed: YOU win the Funny Post Award of the Day! LOL “tiny cemetery”…OMG…what a hoot! 😀

    • cdm
      February 27, 2015, 1:17 pm

      lol 🙂 for 1.3 million you get a tiny house on a tiny private island !

  • Denise
    February 7, 2015, 10:51 pm

    Beautiful, *absolutely* beautiful, and due to the fact that it sits on prime beach property with a view, the gorgeous house and it’s surroundings are worth every penny.

  • donna malone
    February 7, 2015, 11:06 pm

    curious if this was a custom design or from a prefab house design company…It is beautiful…

  • Keith G
    February 8, 2015, 3:44 am

    You have to get the gist of these beachfront houses to appreciate what this house is, and why it’s designed and furnished the way it is. Most of these are designed as getaway places, they have deliberately “shabby chic” furnishings that are low-maintenance and can take a bit of abuse from salt, sand, water, dogs, people. As for the open cathedral ceiling, you’re sacrificing maybe about 240 sf with that (guessing at about 600 sf footprint), but it just opens up the view from all parts of the house and helps to give a feeling of togetherness that you want in a vacation retreat. It’s a simple design and I would bet that a house like this could be built for under $100k – maybe well under – in some parts of the country.

  • Keith G
    February 8, 2015, 3:56 am

    I knew it reminded me of something… It’s not so different in size and function from this stunning Kanga cottage, the prices for which “start at” $70-80k. I’m pretty sure Alex featured this one in a previous THT.

  • Mimi
    February 8, 2015, 8:59 am

    I really like the small homes for families mixed into tiny homes. Both have their place. I enjoy the mix of self-build, pre-fab and architect designed homes too. Interior shots and floor plans are always interesting. Thank you for excellent coverage of your subject.

  • Cahow
    February 8, 2015, 9:11 am

    Beautiful, inside and especially outside. Well worth the price for where it’s located. I know plenty of friends that could sell their current home, buy this place with cash and still have a couple of million left from the sale. Complaining about the $1.3 million price tag is a case of Sour Grapes. If someone who can afford it wants to live in infamous Kennebunkport and all that it has to offer, I say, “GO FOR IT!” If you want to copy the floor plan and build it on a pond in Bumble F Egypt for $80K, then that’s your choice, too. Don’t moan about the prices of Manhattan if you can’t see the benefit of living there; there’s a billion back-water places to hang your hat.

  • Penny Rayfield
    February 8, 2015, 9:12 am

    I currently live in a tiny house (460 sq.ft,) I really like to see the layouts you do.

  • Dave Good
    February 8, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Wish I had a set of plans for this house ???

    • Cahow
      February 8, 2015, 3:45 pm

      Dave: show these photos to any licensed architect and they will be more than happy to work up a set of plans for you. 😀

  • Nancy
    February 8, 2015, 2:48 pm

    We don’t get to see the bathroom?

  • Elle
    February 9, 2015, 12:22 am

    What a beautiful cottage. The loft bedrooms are well done with the beams and high ceilings. I like the design…and the location. The only thing I’d change is the fridge. It looks like the proverbial “red-headed stepchild” with no place to go. Regardless of a particular house design, size or location I find a refrigerator protruding from a cubby hole quite the eye sore. It looks like it outgrew its overcoat and is intimidating the other appliances. It looks like a big bully in what is otherwise a nice little kitchen. Still, a beautiful home.

  • Sandi B
    February 9, 2015, 2:52 am

    Great House, wonderful views, super kitchen — I think anyone could live in this house comfortably. Who wants to drive the “get away car”?? LOL.

  • Beverly
    February 21, 2015, 10:40 am

    I would love to build this house but not on the beach. Beautiful!!

  • Andrea rodriguez
    February 22, 2015, 11:24 am

    How can I get the floor plain for the Glamper with the hot tub.

  • February 22, 2015, 5:22 pm

    I love the house. I would love to get the blue prints to be able to build for myself some day.

  • CC
    February 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

    What about heating costs in the winter?

  • Bruce
    March 1, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Nice job !
    I’m 58 and single with a home in Lancaster County Pa. ( Land of Taxes…and I’m not kidding ! )
    I’m really into this small home movement!
    Tiny is too tiny for me , but I love the 600-800 sq ft home plans.
    I’m trying hard to find a place to buy land and build one.
    If there are any 50 something single gals out there that would like to team up..that would be a great bonus :))
    I’ll be reading all your posts !

    • Alex
      March 2, 2015, 10:21 am

      Thanks Bruce!

    • sharon
      April 6, 2015, 9:55 pm

      Bruce, I, too, am single and see this as a great way to retire and yes the ones that are around 800 seem much more livable even though it is still quite small. Downsizing is what it’s all about when we are older and easier to leave when traveling. I plan to retire in 8 years and see this as a great way to have it all.

  • Gina
    March 2, 2015, 11:50 am

    I Would move in a minute! Love it!!

  • deb
    March 3, 2015, 8:00 pm

    I’d go for the plans, absolutely. The Price not so much. But I can’t fault the price given where the home is located.

  • Nancy
    March 7, 2015, 5:42 pm

    How do I get the plans for this beach house?

  • ✌Adina Hirschmann
    March 7, 2015, 6:47 pm

    Nice, open layout downstairs, but I would change the appliances to stainless steel. The upstairs bedrooms look cramped with the roof sloping down like that. The beds by the walls would be really hard to make up or sit up in without bumping your head. They could use dormers or some other way to open up t the space. Or maybe just one bed per room . Pricey for just a summer house, although beachfront property might just cost that much. Year-round would probably require better insulation—the exterior-facing walls look very thin from inside. The carpeted staircase, handrails and partial-height wall in the loft are nice-looking , add to the spaciousness of the great room below and should pass code requirements, but are to be expected in a house given the expensive price tag.

  • Lisa
    March 7, 2015, 8:32 pm

    I think the whole point of the tiny house is to spend nowhere near over a million dollars for it. Not really in line with the tiny house movement at all; spatially, location-wise, nor cost-wise.

  • Debz
    March 11, 2015, 8:02 am

    It’s bigger than my house, which is the normal size for my neighborhood. I know my house is not large, but I would not call it “tiny,” either.

  • Frank Riker
    March 12, 2015, 8:29 am

    The 960 sf just happens to be the same as three 8′ x 40′ shipping containers or two shipping containers with an 8′ center space between the two. Recycling without the “shipping container” look.

  • Bonnie
    March 13, 2015, 9:50 am

    You know… with a little modification you could build an entire second floor and have a jack and jill bathroom and a third bedroom or playroom. And it would still feel like a cottage.

  • Carl Aiken
    March 18, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Wow! How do I get a set of plans for this house?

  • Tracie
    March 19, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Would love to have for my next vacation rental.

  • julie
    April 3, 2015, 3:38 am

    not keen on the price , everyone cashing in on the beach scene

  • mark mcsheffrey
    April 11, 2015, 9:22 pm

    I want one just like it if its not to much how much ?

  • Mary
    April 22, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Absolutely love what you have put into 960 sq. ft. The sleeping loft is a great idea. I would not necessarily need 4 twin beds, but I would make one end of the loft into a reading area with book shelves.

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