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Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

This is a 766 sq. ft. tiny cottage located in Olympia, WA.

It is listed for sale on Redfin for $239,000.

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Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Photos via Redfin

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Charming Tiny Cottage in Olympia

Photos via Redfin


  • Olympia, WA
  • 766 sq. ft.
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Built in 1940
  • Covered deck
  • 5,663 sq. ft. lot
  • Listed at $239,000 (as of 8/22/17)


Cute as a button rambler with hardwood flooring, granite slab counter top in kitchen, with newer hot water heater, newer roof & gutters. Large covered deck with access from master bedroom. Second very large deck with covered hot tub and room for a party. Fencing encloses rear yard.1


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  • Avatar Carmen Spang September 13, 2017, 12:10 pm

    239,000.00??? The point of owning a tiny home or cottage is to not have a mortgage!! I could build that tiny cottage for a whole lot less!!!

    • Avatar James D. September 13, 2017, 2:24 pm

      Well Carmen Spang, first, it’s not a tiny house at 776 Sq Ft but a small house that was originally built back in 1940!

      You may be able to build something like it but unless you have a time machine you can’t give it the same history…

      So this was built well before big houses were even a thing yet as that didn’t start until the 50’s… Never mind the newer Tiny House movement…

      Second, you’re not just paying for just the house but also the lot of land it is on, along with its placement, and this is Washington State… Most of the west coast states have very high real estate prices.

      So building it yourself won’t save you as much as you think if you place it in the same area…

      Like several months ago this site listed a tiny cottage that I believe was about 440 Sq Ft in Seattle, Washington and it was listed for about $450,000 and it was on an even smaller lot…

      So 239,000 for a 776 Sq Ft house, with a bigger lot that actually has a backyard and front yard, is actually a better deal, if just counting the house and size of the lot, and gives you some idea how high the real estate prices can go in that state…

      Incidentally, there’s another listing for a empty 3.54 acres piece of land about 1.8 miles from this house that’s listed for $1,698,000… Just the land and nothing on it beyond what nature put there…

      Lots more land, but even with nothing on it that’s the asking price!

      Really, there are places where the real estate costs are so high you’ll see almost nothing but houses ranging in the millions… Especially, if it’s near any high value areas like popular vacation spots, mountain views, lakes, popular beach front areas, etc.

      When they say it’s a million dollar view, they usually mean it literally these days!

      It’s primary driven by supply and demand and so you’ll usually run into these very high prices in places with higher population densities, but also according to what’s nearby and the geography and whether it offers anything unique that the real estate agents can market for additional value…

      It’s also driven by a closed loop of high demand areas that cater to the rich and essentially works to lock out everyone else from the area by driving up prices beyond anyone else’s reach, no matter what kind of property it may be…

      Since these prices can vary greatly across the country, not everyone realizes just how bad the market has gotten as not everywhere is effected to this extent. There are still large sections of the country where prices are nowhere near this high…

      But it gives some idea why the Tiny House movement isn’t just for the poor and homeless as we’re quickly getting to the point only the upper 20% can really afford a home anymore in ever widening parts of the country… With more and more of the population getting squeezed into cities and ever tinier apartments…

      To a lesser degree this even effects lower income areas as the same mechanism also causes the truly poor and homeless to be driven out and no affordable housing offered for them except in nearly unpopulated areas.

      Essentially keeping them out of sight and out of mind…

      All in the name of preserving property values, which in turn effect taxes, etc. and everything from HOA, banks, on up to the government with all the special interests that prevent any real change for the better…

      And this crosses not only into housing but in how people can choose to live and what people can and can’t do with their own property…

      Like there’s literally farmers being sued by the government for farming their own land!

      There are counties that are supposedly progressive but still are essentially outlawing certain types of farming and making it pretty much impossible to have anyone but the owner of the farm live on the property and work the farm throughout the whole year… At least if you’re a private farmer but the government project farms are all fine and legal…

      There are even people who have been evicted or even sent to jail because the made the mistake of thinking they could do what they wanted on their own property…

      So it goes well beyond just cost of housing and sooner or later people are going to start realizing it’s more a civil rights movement than just a way to have affordable housing…

  • Avatar Carmen Spang September 13, 2017, 3:06 pm

    As I sit here in my 5500 sq ft home 776 sq ft is definitely small and while not under 500sq ft it is considered a SMALL house. Again the entire reason for having a small house is to not have a mortgage. Or at least have a minimal one. I find it hard to believe that the clientele you are hoping to attract ( the rich and not the poor) would want a tiny house from the 1940s?? Again if your that rich you certainly could find land and build an identical house. This is why people in the U.S. don’t understand the tree hugging values of Washington and Oregon. You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to buy that house at that price. Sorry been to Washington its not worth the price your asking for.

    • Avatar James D. September 13, 2017, 4:13 pm

      Carmen, I’m getting the impression you somehow think we have anything to do with this house other than discussing it…

      Let me make it abundantly clear that no one here has anything to do with the owner or the real estate agency in charge of selling it.

      Btw, when it was built the average house was below 900 sq ft and most people didn’t start living in bigger houses under after the 50’s… So let’s not confuse modern bias with whether or not it’s a house or whether anyone else besides you would even consider it because as pointed out what I stated is pretty much true for large portions of the country!

      I, for one, am just telling you how it is and the reality of what people face in most of the west coast states, along with some other parts of the country like New York City, etc. as there are other parts of the country that also have similar high prices, and that’s just a higher concentration for about everything along the west coast from California on up to Washington, with a few gaps here and there like in Arizona…

      It really doesn’t matter what you or I think if that’s the market everyone in those states has to deal with… It’s either live in those states and deal with it or move and that’s not something most people are willing to do unless it’s the last resort because that generally means leaving everything they know, any family and friends they’ll leave behind, as well as what jobs they can expect elsewhere that may not be the same as what they got in those states, etc…

      Call people funny but some also prefer the climate and landscape and it doesn’t matter what you or I think if we don’t agree with them as they may just hate where you live even more than the problems of where they live… People will just live where they want to live and it usually takes a lot to convince anyone to do otherwise.

      Btw, if you check the link it appears someone already made an offer on the house… Kinda shows the reality of what kind of market it really is if it’s already got an offer at that price…

      Besides, why do you think so many Tiny Houses are being built on wheels? It’s to avoid being stuck in the same failed system as traditional housing and allow people the option to move to areas where they may not charge so much just to own and live on a given plot of land…

      Being stuck on a foundation means you’re stuck with whatever is going on in that area, for better or worse… You’re part of the system!

      Maybe someday your area will also skyrocket in price… May be good for you if you already own property and plan to sell but it will of course not be good for anyone who may want to buy property in your area if that happens…

      Or the reverse happens and people who presently own expensive homes suddenly find their worth dropped significantly… Just like stocks the housing market can go either way depending on how the economy goes…

      One of the things people don’t seem to realize is that the entire nation has pretty much put 30-40% of the entire nations wealth into real estate… Housing is literally the banks for that much of the country’s net worth and is why the last housing bubble crash was so devastating to so many and it would have been much worse if the government hadn’t bailed out the banks but that was a one time deal and the next time we have a crash, which will happen again because they never really fixed what caused the crash, then we will truly know what an economic disaster truly means…

      When we put so much of our net wealth into something that is really no more stable than say stocks, then you leave yourself open to losses as well as gains…

      It’s also why there are so many special interests and we’re stuck in a system that treats housing like owning stocks rather than thinking of them as homes as ways to live a given lifestyle.

      While just because you aren’t dealing with these issues yet doesn’t change the fact other people are and this is the reality many have to face and why the Tiny House movement is far more than just a question of housing, nor is it as simple as what size house it may be as the problem really is with the system and not just the cost of the houses themselves…

  • Avatar Dominick Bundy September 13, 2017, 3:52 pm

    Very nice and cozy, but almost a quarter of a million dollars for that! Are You kidding me?

    • Avatar James D. September 13, 2017, 5:23 pm

      There’s a reason why real estate has the motto, it’s location, location, location!

      The problem with traditional real estate market is they’re not just charging you for the house or even just the land it is on but also where it is and what it is surrounded by… Along with how they handle local taxes, what other factors like mineral rights and natural resources may be in play, etc.

      While some properties may charge little but instead you’d have to pay high property taxes each year instead.

      There’s actually a wide range of things you will find that will have different pricing pretty much all across the country and housing is just one example, though it is one of the most significant…

      • Avatar Pat September 14, 2017, 4:01 pm

        James D., are you a member of the Tiny House Talk team? Just wondering. Thanks! Have a good day.

        • Avatar James D. September 14, 2017, 4:50 pm

          Hey Pat, no, I’m just a fellow commentator…

    • Avatar JoAnn Roskoski September 13, 2017, 11:05 pm

      I’ve been looking for a small or tiny house in Washington for several years and this is a steal at the listed price. I saw an article about a tiny condo (under 500 square feet) in Seattle that had a bidding war and was sold for over $400,000. I live in Phoenix in a 964 square foot house that was built in 1929. The housing boom is going on here now and my house is being appraised at $250,000 and that keeps increasing. If I was ready to move I would certainly be interested in this house.

  • Avatar M.C. Wood September 13, 2017, 9:25 pm

    James D. good explanations. They would have to watch the House Hunter shows to have an idea of the wide range of housing prices across the U.S. I live in a small city in Canada and would probably pay under $100,000 for this house. If you took this house and plopped it onto a postage stamp sized lot, in Toronto or Vancouver Canada, it would be selling for $800,000 and over and there would be bidding wars . . .

  • Avatar Turner September 14, 2017, 4:07 pm

    Wow… I can’t be the only one here who’s tired of people saying “The point of Tiny Houses is ____” and then faulting this site for showing something that doesn’t meet their criteria.

    The POINT of a tiny house is that you want to live in a tiny house.

    Stop trying to enforce Doctrinal Purity.

    • Avatar Dee September 15, 2017, 12:36 am

      Agrees. We are all different, I get fed up with the moaners here. If you don’t like the house, move on.

    • Avatar alice h September 18, 2017, 8:17 pm

      I completely agree. There are many reasons to like, want, build or buy a tiny house. Aesthetics, economics, nostalgia, practicality, whatever. Also more than one definition of just what a tiny house might be, including not having any particular features such as indoor bathrooms or kitchens.

  • Avatar sara September 15, 2017, 12:41 am

    It’s nice, but way too high priced. Especially when it looks like it has ceiling problems.

    • Avatar James D. September 15, 2017, 3:31 am

      Hey Sara, there doesn’t appear to be any ceiling problems…

      Unless you’re referring to the discoloration from the camera they used to take the photos with?

      Cameras tend to pick up things when there’s anything that refracts or reflects and otherwise distorts light within the frame of the shot…

      Like if you take a photo of a monitor you may see banding lines that you would not see yourself when looking at the screen with your own eyes.

      How they finished the ceiling may also have a texture that is effecting what the camera picks up…

      While the quality of camera they used is obviously not that great as can be shown by how grainy some of the photos are, especially in the low light areas, note especially the 4th and 5th photos, and was probably taken with a phone camera…

      Or perhaps you’re referring to the exterior shot of the roofed over patio deck?

      Exposed wood develops a Petina over time and rarely evenly but they’re usually not indicative of the physical condition of the wood and after a century the appearance can be quite interesting and is why people can pay good money for centuries old barn wood, for example…

      IMO, house actually looks in good condition considering its 77 years old, it probably has recently been renovated… Front and back yards are obviously well maintained, things like the hot water tank and electric cooking range are obviously not from the original build, etc…

      While the price is what it is, the real estate market in Washington state tends to go into these high ranges and judging by the asking prices of some of the nearby properties means you’re not going to find a really better deal in that neighborhood…

      You can also check the link near the beginning of this article that will take you to a posting they released back in June for a smaller 624 Sq Ft house, also in Olympia, WA, that was listed for $189,000 to compare…

      Btw, it also appears it has already sold as the listing indicates the previous owner has accepted an offer, which was pretty quick…

  • Avatar kath September 21, 2017, 9:27 pm

    I’m buying a house in North west. Not tiny – about 900 sq. ft. A good small town. 1 floor, all wood floors, new plumbing, new electric, recently painted inside and out. Good roof. Good inspection. $82,000.

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