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Beautiful, Creek Side Log Cabin in Santa Cruz

This is a beautiful log cabin in Santa Cruz, California.

It’s not tiny but you might be able to consider it to be small.

It’s a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with 1,266 sq. ft. inside.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Beautiful, Creek Side Log Cabin in Santa Cruz

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Photos via Estately

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Photos via Estately

Highlights

  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • 1266 sq. ft.
  • 3 beds 1 bath
  • 9278 sq. ft. lot
  • Built in 1932
  • High ceilings
  • Big windows
  • Fireplace
  • Exterior stone work
  • Cottage feel
  • Stick-built

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • ZACHARY MOHRMANN October 24, 2016, 2:02 pm

    I love the way they decorated… LoL….!

    • Natalie Natalie October 25, 2016, 7:59 am

      I love your positivity, Zachary :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Robynne Catheron October 24, 2016, 2:15 pm

    I was raised in Santa Cruz, and I miss it terribly! This little house is very charming, and I wish I could afford something just like it anywhere in that area. If this cottage was on the market, I’m sure it would be upwards of a million. Definitely worth every penny!

    • oxide October 24, 2016, 2:36 pm

      It’s on the market for $569K.

      I’m not sure I’d want my house to be surrounded by concrete. And no matter what size house, that’s a ridiculous placement for the stove. They should build the stove into the counter and make a small peninsula.

      • jannezack October 24, 2016, 3:19 pm

        Not a bad price for California, I’d say. About the concrete, my husband is from CA and he says that they put concrete down to seal in all the nutrients in the dirt…to keep them from escaping. LOL.

      • Janet October 24, 2016, 3:24 pm

        All the concrete is because of the drought in CA – no water, no grass. Many people in CA are ripping out their grass in putting in desert-like bushes that require very little water. We have water restrictions here. The celebrities are known to be charged $500,000 extra in one month for not conserving water (Kristi Yamaguchi and Tom Selleck. Tom needed his water for his avocados.)

        • Natalie Natalie October 25, 2016, 8:00 am

          It’s quite the house! And the drought is tough! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Richard L. Herrington October 24, 2016, 2:27 pm

    Who wouldn’t like to live in such a place? This just proves that if you have the money… you can have whatever you want in life. If you don’t have a lot of money… then you are forced to live within your means… which often means “make-do” & “do-without.” The amount of money one has directly determines the quality of life one has… as far as material value things go.

    • Natalie Natalie October 25, 2016, 8:01 am

      Yes, but money can’t buy a lot of wonderful things :) — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Richard L. Herrington October 25, 2016, 12:53 pm

        Natalie: Tell you what… Completely cut off all of your income for a year and just see how much you enjoy all those wonderful things money can’t buy. Take note of the quality of life you will have without money. The best things in life are not free. About the only thing in life left that is free is the air we breath.

  • Emily c. October 24, 2016, 2:49 pm

    My having a 1000 sq ft house would make this house a step up for me. I’m not a fan of cabins, but this is a very nice space. The only changes I would make would be to have the ceiling and beams as natural wood rather than painted and get rid of the popcorn in the addition. My sisters house has the same type of ceiling and kept it natural and it’s beautiful.

  • Janet October 24, 2016, 3:18 pm

    $569,000 – wow! This small house is bigger than my apartment and my apartment will be bigger than my tiny home. It’s a shame California is not tiny house friendly. I’m moving out of CA for that very reason.

    However, this house is stunning! It’s so well planned – yet was build in 1932. I suppose it was totally renovated. It’s always helpful to look at ANY home to get ideas. My budget is small, but my ideas are big. Who says you can’t have campaign taste on a beer budget – with a lot of work?

    • David Remus October 24, 2016, 7:12 pm

      It seems top me the legal landscape is changing everywhere, but slowly as people work to make it happen.

      I’d love to know which states are welcoming tiny homes with open arms.

      Thanks.

      • Janet October 24, 2016, 9:15 pm

        Florida is doing a great job with tiny house communities. Spur, TX is also known as “America’s First Tiny House Friendly Town.” Many people are moving there: the land is cheap and the rules are easy. Search “Tiny House Communities” and you’ll see what’s available in what part of the country.

    • Eric October 24, 2016, 9:37 pm

      *champagne (shakes head at bad spelling from America… blames it on Donald Trump & Hilary Clinton) ; )

      • Janet October 24, 2016, 9:44 pm

        Eric – I saw my mistake and said the same thing! And to think Bernie Sanders actually won CA, OH and more – oh the outcome could be so much different. Eleven states are going to court, but it’s too late to effect this election.

        • Natalie Natalie October 25, 2016, 8:03 am

          Yes there are tiny home friendly places, but it’ll take time to take over the world, hehe — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Large Marge October 24, 2016, 3:22 pm

    Socks in the great room. Stationary burn-outs, run and slide, playing ‘tag’ with the dogs. Hours of fun!

    We know, we know. We get accused of it often… ‘simple-minded’.
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    Tag, you’re it!

  • kenny October 24, 2016, 3:33 pm

    The reason it is not less affordable is location of SC. Nothing to walk to. Very Auto Dependent. Would like the nature of the mountains for a bit, but it gets old dealing with constant traffic and accidents on Highway 17 to get to work in the South Bay. We would have considered the SC area, even possibly the mountains years back. Teachers were given poverty wages due to lack of property taxes in the location. So it was a No Go.

    • Robynne Catheron October 24, 2016, 5:02 pm

      Kenny,
      Yep, my mom almost lost her life near the Summit. Flipped her convertible and cracked her skull because of people in a hurry to get to work “over the hill.” If you’re smart, once you’re settled anywhere in the SC area, you stay there. I never should have left, but I did and now I regret it.

      Again, I think this little cabin is adorable, and I’d live there in a heartbeat! Zero yard maintenance and low utilities cost. Right near the end of Glen Canyon near DeLaveaga Park, relatively undeveloped, what’s not to love? Sigh…

      • Eric October 24, 2016, 9:42 pm

        “If you’re smart, once you’re settled anywhere in the SC area, you stay there. I never should have left, but I did and now I regret it.”

        But why? Everybody knows the truth from Albert Hammond’s song… It never rains in Southern California… and now it’s really biting y’all in the bum.

        • Sarah October 24, 2016, 11:22 pm

          Hey, I realize you guys are talking about Southern California, but seeing “SC” keeps throwing me off… you know that means South Carolina, right?

        • Natalie Natalie October 25, 2016, 8:06 am

          I think we all have a soft spot for “home” :) — Tiny House Talk Team

        • Janet October 25, 2016, 2:41 pm

          Okay, here’s the correct. From a Californian: “SoCal = Southern California and “NorCal” = Northern California. SC = South Carolina!

          I live in Sacramento and am willing to go to the “boonies” where I can have my organic food shipped in until our own organic food grows. I’ll be able to ride my bike without fear. I’ll actually be able to know my neighbors. Yes, I’ll have to drive an hour to get something BIG, but as long as there’s an Internet, I’m fine. And, yes I plan to put down roots and stay there forever. If you’re not in a place of “settling” maybe tiny house living is not for you – yet. Perhaps downsizing is better until you don’t need shopping centers. Did you know you can test Tiny Home living in an AirBnB? It might be just what you need to decide if a tiny house is for you or a smaller house is better. Thinking it through long enough will reveal your answer. Good luck to everyone “who’s on the fence.”

  • Pat Spears October 24, 2016, 4:01 pm

    Would like to see actual photos of the interior instead of artist drawings. Some of the exterior phots show a lot of wear and tear, then you see what I assume were interior decorators drawings. Do love the setting though.

    • Natalie Natalie October 26, 2016, 4:31 am

      Agreed — always makes me worried when there aren’t real pictures :) — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Janet October 26, 2016, 4:25 pm

      Hi Pat,
      Did you read that this house was built in1932? That’s why the house looks old! I’m assuming most of the house went through total renovation. The stones certainly aged with time. It would be nice to see the original 1932 version and the renovations made along the way.

  • Gigi October 24, 2016, 5:37 pm

    Love the exterior of this home but would probably break up some of that concrete to install a garden with drought tolerant plants. I think the interior could use some customizing by the new owner, but it has good “bones”. All in all, a nice property.

  • Duchess October 24, 2016, 8:50 pm

    Love the outside but the inside not so much …wheres the charm inside ?

    • Natalie Natalie October 26, 2016, 4:31 am

      It needs some owner nick knacks :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sarah October 24, 2016, 11:25 pm

    After looking at so many tiny houses, this one looks enormous. Too much cleaning to keep up with.

    • Rev October 25, 2016, 7:32 am

      Sarah,

      Cleaning? One word: socks.
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      Tag, you’re it!

      • Natalie Natalie October 25, 2016, 8:07 am

        Haha funny how our perspectives change! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Elle October 25, 2016, 8:18 am

    Lovely stone exterior and a nice size but the interior design leaves something to be desired. The stove? The fireplace stuffed in the corner with a door next to it. Nope. More SF and nice floors just don’t make up for good design.

  • Patricia November 14, 2016, 6:02 pm

    I really, really like this home, but I would add more windows because with the view around there it should be seen. I would also have the stove built into the cabinetry instead of sticking out into the kitchen. Other than that, I like the 1930s feel of it. It so reminds me of cabins up around Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Jackson, WY, and Tahoe. It was the style back then and when I was a child in the 50s we would occasionally stay in one like that. Memories…

    • Natalie Natalie November 16, 2016, 7:40 am

      Those are good improvements! — Tiny House Talk Team

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