This is a beautiful cottage in Washington state called the Beltane Cottage.
Take a long stone pathway through surrounding gardens and you’ll find yourself at the entrance to this light orange cottage and it’s cranberry red door. There’s a small porch by the front door made of rustic wood for sitting and enjoying the outdoors. The 961 square feet cottage includes a one car garage and the house is one of the Greenwood Avenue Cottages, so you’ll be surrounded by other beautiful homes and wonderful landscaping.
When you go inside, you’ll find an open floor plan complete with tall white ceilings and a large skylight. There’s a loft area for guests and seating, but downstairs includes an office space and built-in cabinets for books and knick-knacks. The kitchen has fun black, green and white tiled floors, full-size kitchen appliances, and a wonderful breakfast nook with a bay of windows. The living area includes pine flooring, a wood-burning stove, and couches and chairs for relaxing. Upstairs houses the bedroom and bathroom, also featuring pine flooring and beautiful white-washed walls.
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Little Beltane Cottage at Greenwood Avenue Cottages in Shoreline, WA
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I know this is a bit to big for you lot who love little homes on wheels. But for me this is great, I’ve always lived in large homes and have also spent time living in little spaces while in the navy.
It allows both my wife and I our own space but is also cozy
When I was looking at this interior, it looked very familiar to me. Then I realized it was designed by an architect that I admire…Ross Chapin. I have been a fan or his for some time now. He has cabin/cottage plans ranging from 300 to 1000 square feet. My favorite is the Hilltop model.
Check them out at http://rosschapin.com/plans/cottages/
This plan looked very familar to me. I had seen Ross Chapin house plans some time ago and really liked them. He builds cabins/cottages from 300 to 1000 square feet. My favorite model is the Hilltop. Check out
http://rosschapin/plans/cottages/ for more information. The first time I submitted this it didn’t go through. Hope this one does. Does anyone know where I can purchase a chair like the one in the living room?
Is the sf for the first floor only as it is in other tiny homes? If it is, I think the layout could be done better. In my housing complex the sf is about 1100sf (that includes the 2nd floor) for a 2 bdrm/2 ba, with fireplace. We also have one story units with slightly less sf, maybe 1070sf, that have 2 full bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths, with fireplace in living room. These are typical sizes in my area of Southern California.
This unit is nice looking, freshly painted, just ok.
Hi Sharee – where is your community in Southern California? It sounds so nice ! I’m looking for a community of tiny houses like yours.
Wish it was closer. I still want a cottage look but tiny. Sweet home.
Oh my, but that’s a delicious cottage. Maybe a tad too big, but hey, its gorgeous. The BEST part though would be living in a small home community with like minded people, on land from which you couldn’t be evicted by the local government if a grouchy neighbor complains about your tiny house hiding in some one’s garden! This is just lovely, perfect, and otherwise stupendous! Did I mention that I liked it?
Oh but you can be “evicted” if there is an HOA. HOAs hold the power to fine, lien, and foreclose on your property.
The risks are massive when buying into an HOA. I’ve studied them for over eight years. I’ve lived in one for ten. I would never own another property in an HOA even if it was paid for a given as a gift.
Education is key to knowing the truth about HOAs. The truth that Realtors will not tell you. A great place to start is by reading Neighbors At War by Ward Lucas. You’ll learn a great deal just from the reviews on Amazon. His website is neighborsatwar.com
I gather HOA stands for some sort of housing association which dictates the rules of the complex. In B.C., Canada, they are all referred to as stratas and the regulations are controlled by the provincial government. Yes, you can be evicted, but it has to be for cause and at least usually 80% need to vote in favour of it. Its not easy to achieve. Its always best to read the minutes of any collective housing is purchased.
the executives of these strata’s are members of the “collective” who are elected on a yearly basis. Some times there are problems especially when the complex goes non smoking–cigs. IF the organization changes rules, such as no pets, existing people are “grandparented” in. If you really don’t think this type of living arrangements are for you, by all means buy your own lot, but a lot of people like them, they’re well run, have contingency funds for emergencies–dictated by the government and the gardener takes care of the lawn. Its a good way to go for many.
I AM A TROPICAL LADY AND LOVE LIFE FULL OF VARIETY COLORS. THESE COMMUNITIES ARE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND BREATH TAKING. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE OF THEM DESIGNED AND BUILT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SENIORS. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO BUILDERS AND TO ALL INVOLVED IN THIS INDUSTRY. THESE COMMUNITIES ARE SO EXTREMELY VITAL, EVEN TO THOSE LOOKING FOR STARTER HOMES. MUST SAY, THEY LOOK SOMEWHAT ROMANTIC.
Regina, why must you always type in ALL caps. If you have issues with your hands, well it would look nicer if it was all in lower case. All CAPS is the equivalent of shouting, even if that is not your intent. That is what is conveyed.
Eric please get a grip. complaining about how some one types is a tad much. Its so first world problem stuff. some people actually type in capitals because they have poor eye sight. Some type in capitals because their computer is slightly broken and that is all it does. Lets not worry about how some one types and just focus on the housing.
Hi Otessa! I looked at the community website. It looked like most of the homeowners were seniors with a nice mix of families with young children. There is a pdf for backyard homes. One of the photos showed a woman in a wheelchair so it looks like they take people with disabilities into consideration. I’m sure most architects will adapt their floor plans for special needs. I agree with you these are lovely, romantic homes. I love the Craftsman style architecture. I would love to live in a community like this but I live in Colorado.
LAURA—THANKS! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE COMMUNITIES LIKE THESE BECOME “CONTAGIOUS” FOR EVERY LIFE STYLE. MY FAMILY AND I LIVE IN GEORGIA, BUT WOULD DESPERATELY LOVE TO RELOCATE TO FLORIDA. I AM A PERSON THAT BELIEVES IN VARIETY AND PERSONAL FREEDOM OF CHOICE. WE NEED COMMUNITIES LIKE THESE FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT INTO MEGA MANSIONS, BUT YOU CAN MAKE ONE OF THESE HOMES LOOK LIKE MICRO-MANSIONS.
Otessa – I like the idea of community and not being a stranger to those that live next door to me or across the street. I’m fascinated with the small house idea. I’m too big of a person and too old for a tiny house! 🙂 I live in the Denver area and I can’t believe how large the newer houses are! My first thought is “who is going to clean that thing!” They’ve got to have maids and hopefully the woman doesn’t work! Anyway, I hope you find your dream home in Florida.
THANKS FOR THE WARM WISHES LAURA. I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF TINY HOUSES AS WELL I ALSO LOVE A COMMUNITY, WHERE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR BICYCLING ARE PROVIDED. THERE SHOULD BE NUMEROUS BICYCLING ROUTES IN EVERY COMMUNITY, JUST FOR OVERALL HEALTH, AND THE SAVINGS ON GASOLINE. BICYCLING PROVIDES FOR SOCIAL INTERACTION AS WELL PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS COULD USE SOME OF THESE ROUTES AND GET SOME SUNLIGHT OF VITAMIN D AS WELL ONE THING GOOD ABOUT COLORADO, IS THAT A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO MEDICINE IS WIDELY ACCEPT, MORE SO THAN IN MOST STATES. IN GEORGIA, WE ARE MORE CONVENTIONAL.
Please do yourself a favor and read Neighbors At War by Ward Lucas and his website neighborsatwar.com before you fall in love with these common interest ownership communities. The risks of buying into one are massive. I did it. I’ve learned the hard way. They can destroy your life with all the power they hold. There is little to no protection for the owners. Education is a MUST when thinking of buying into one. Far too many Americans are learning they can be comp;etely destroyed financially and more just by making this one mistake.
Thanks for the reality check Nila, I tend to see through rose colored glasses and it sure is pretty… but as with condo assoc. et al, a board can end up controlling your life and home. Who keeps the gardens, who decides if and whether they stay the way that attracted you in the first place. I have neighbor problems but no sway and an indifferent constabulary, but at least they have absolutely nothing to say that can affect me, and I can put up privacy fence to keep my Shangri-La just that.
It’s something to consider – with whom do I want to build this community, though others may be perfectly happy within these structures and strictures. Thanks again.
these communities may be a problem in some places, but not in others. I gather these are not unlike a strata. In British Columbia, Canada, there is government legislation which dictates a lot of what can and can not happen. After that its off to court. Our major problem is when the complex goes non smoking and no one is permitted to smoke cigs on the property.
It usually depends upon the board of directors or are they non and controlled by a corporation. If that is the case it can be problematic. when its a board of directors of owners, its different.
The cottage is nice but the community is what i think is great! I’d love to find a tiny house community that was laid out like this… green space, mature growth. I may just have to find a decent parcel of land and do it myself. My dream would be maybe 20-25 acres in a rural setting. Maybe 10-15 tiny house sites with maybe an acre each and some common area green/wooded area! Now to find the place where it could be done.
Beautiful cottage just love the lay out would love one for myself, but I live in Ireland and we don’t have tiny community
Closest would be the eco village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipp. Many of the houses are tiny, all are eco friendly, there is a great community and they are aiming for self sufficiency. You can buy plots and build there, many work from home and a number of companies are now based there as well. If I had the money and my son-in-law didn’t have to be based in Dublin I’d move like a shot. Great place. Have been involved on the perifery from before they started building.
Eric, maybe Odessa has vision issues and caps enable her to read? Or there may be another reason. I would think one could deal with reading caps occasionally, especially when it is obvious that no anger is involved, even if one prefers lower case. Don’t we already have enough rules that we need to follow? I think we still have freedom of typing. Usually when something like this irritates me I look and try to figure out why I’m overreacting and wanting another to behave “my way”…
Nanny, thank you for addressing this comment so eloquently. I wanted to respond myself but had nothing kind to say to him. This is not the place to be rude.
A bit late in the piece I know, just here because it is a repeat link in latest email.
How was I rude? I don’t get it, I asked why she did it, what it conveys to the average reader i.e. shouting, and a possible solution.
Having said that, I actually struggle to read all caps. It interferes with my eyes and I misread words because of it.
I agree about all capitals messding with eyesight. I often have to read her comments a cvouiple of times because my eyes see a word that isn’t there and which makes no sense in the context. I didn’t know about the shouting bit though, I will use capitals at times for emphasis but never thought some might read it as yelling. In that context then maybe she has a slight hearing problem and is just talking loudly.
On a different topic, what please is an HOA as I don’t think we have them in Ireland and I don’t remember hearing about them when I was in New Zealand either, not by those initials anyway. I have seen them mentioned before and wondered then. Nice house but about twice the size I would need, big enough for a family to live in rather than one person, (and I work from home so my TH plans take office space into account). I am thinking of about 240sqft for me and my cat (and rabbit). Plus screened in porch so cast can smell the air and I can leave the door open in summer for ventilation.
@Karen Blackburn: Hi Karen… here in New Zealand HOA’s are called Body Corporate’s. They are rather restricted in what they can do, unlike what I’ve read can happen in the USofA. The horror stories are almost unbelievable. Rules have to abide by Government Regulations.
I recall reading a couple of years ago that one person was arrested because they ran afoul of the HOA which was, apparently, being controlled by 1 person, who objected to the person putting up a Presidential Campaign billboard, entirely on their own patch btw, not on common ground. That person ended up losing ownership of their home. As I recall, and its a little bit hazy, they lost not only the home, but also almost all of the equity that they had put into it.
In the US, many areas forbid you from having a clothesline to dry your washing and is especially evident in HOA areas. As someone observed, probably they have shares in Energy companies and/or washing machine companies who of course also manufacture clothes driers.
What is the thing leaning diagonally into the kitchen? It is too close to vertical to be the staircase. It looks like a piece of something that is leaning through a cutout.
Laura, it appears to be a second set of alternating-tread stairs that leads up to another ‘loft’ area. I’m not 100% sure of this, but one of the other pics shows an area with stairs leading to it that is not the main loft you see in the pics. I’d like to see more of this with floorplan, etc… laid out. Very nice little house, but like others have noted, I would prefer to live on my own little plot and not shared land. Lived in an HOA before and while not a nightmare experience, it was a bit of a hassle at times.
Yes!! I was wondering the same thing!! I am wondering if the room with a little bed with the wood floors pictured is that small loft?
Looks fantastic. Too bad it is not on wheels.
Absolutely charming small house and pocket neighborhood! The odd staircase design appears to be an accident waiting to happen. Most of all, the lush cottage garden that unites the small houses is — to me — gardening perfection and exactly what this housing development needs. These comments are respectfully submitted. Kindest regards to all.