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Cozy Tiny House for Rent in Olympia, WA

This cozy tiny house is called the Bayside Bungalow and is located in rural Olympia, Washington. It’s right on the shore of the Puget Sound and you can rent the house nightly, weekly or even monthly if available. This is the best way to figure out if a tiny house is right for you or not. And it’s in a beautiful setting, too. It’s the perfect way to try on the simple life.

The home is between two apple trees and surrounded by tall fir trees and gorgeous gardens. Plus there are some outdoor chairs and a fire pit you can enjoy during your stay. Nearby you can use a trail that leads to the beach and a state park. So there’s plenty to do especially if you bring a kayak or canoe.

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Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

So let’s take a photo tour of the home right here and talk about all of the amenities inside.

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

The “great room” has vaulted ceilings so it feels spacious relative to its actual size. See below:

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

The house has two skylights and a total of 11 windows so there’s always plenty of natural light during the day. And with such beautiful scenery, you’ll feel great!

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

This tiny house is decorated perfectly in my opinion. I’d love to stay here and I just think this house really gives tiny homes a good reputation, don’t you think?

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

There’s a pretty large storage area in the loft directly above the front door and reading nook.

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Once you get to the kitchen and bathroom the ceiling is 6’2″ high. So if you’re around that height or taller this might not be for you!

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

The table shown is expandable in case you need more space to eat, read or work on your laptop. There’s no wifi here though so if you want to get on the Internet bring your own connection!

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

The kitchen is galley-style with a bar size refrigerator, 2-burner stove, unique ceramic sink, microwave and French-press coffee maker.

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Hot water is provided by a propane powered RV style water heater if you’re curious.

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

The sleeping loft offers a full sized bed and is accessed by a ladder. You have a skylight to star gaze at night and a window right by your head. It looks really cozy up there, doesn’t it?

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Above you can see the closet you’d be using for storage to put your clothes away. There’s also extra storage space in the loft on the other side of the house where the front door is located.

Below is the view looking out from one of the skylights. You can see the water behind the trees if you look close enough.

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Next you can have a look at the bathroom and if you’re curious about the toilet it’s a waterless composting toilet. I’ve used one before and I swear, no bad smells if used right. All you do is sprinkle sawdust in there after each use.

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

The shower which you can’t see in the photos is 34″ by 24″ and no need to bring your hairdryer because there’s one already here. 🙂

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Below is a photo of the chair and fire pit I was telling you about earlier..

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Airbnb.com

Here’s a shot of the house and the people who built it shortly after it was completed. Success!

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Brittany/Airbnb.com

Cozy Tiny House for Rent

Photo by Brittany/Airbnb.com

This tiny house is about an 8-minute drive from the highway and 15 minutes from downtown Olympia. The nearest bus stop is 5 miles from the house so at the very least you’ll want to bring a bicycle. Minimum stay is two nights. Maximum occupancy is two people. To book your stay or to learn more click here to go directly to Brittany’s Airbnb.com listing.


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  • November 13, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Just lovely. I like the mix of painted and natural finished wood.
    – Mili

  • Regina
    November 14, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Thanks for sending this!
    Love the cozy tiny house. I haven’t built one yet but this has got me thinking about it again.



  • Mary
    November 14, 2012, 12:37 pm

    I love the working shutters! They are a distinctive addition to the charming use of color and wood.

  • Pamela
    November 14, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Darn it!!! It was all perfect until the head space diminished to 6’2″ – my hubby is 3 inches taller than that!


    Lovely house…it’s really gorgeous and it is our hope to own one someday…it will just have to be designed for the very tall (him) and the very short (me at 5’2″). That’s what customization is all about!

    • November 14, 2012, 12:53 pm


      Kind of sounds like a lot of houses would be “tiny houses” to your hubby! Good luck with the customization. 🙂

      One of the few advantages of being a pint-sized couple (my partner and I are 5’2″ and 5’6″) is that we fit pretty comfortably into small houses (and cars, and ventilation shafts…)


    • Jessica
      November 14, 2012, 4:37 pm


      Have heart! My husband is 6’3″ tall and we are building our tiny house specifically to accommodate his height. 😀 It can be done!

  • Ron
    November 14, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Yes it is charming and appears to be well built. Great use of color, distinctive care to detail… I love it 🙂

    Will they build one for sale?


  • Carl in SC
    November 14, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Maybe one year we can find something like this in the southeast we could rent for 1 to 3 days to get the feel of living in one. Love the idea of small homes and it would save on heat in winter. It seems there should be a way to raise the bed platform a few iches higher although then it would cut from the bed width. If feasable it would be a way for the taller guys to comfortably use the kitchen area.

  • Paul
    November 14, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Lovely exterior and interior… among the best I’ve seen. I also love the idea of renting a tiny home (as a landlord). Perhaps I missed it in my reading, but what is the trailer length for this home? And are there plans specifically for this home?

  • Devon
    November 14, 2012, 6:22 pm

    I love that the shutters actually are REAL shutters, and am interested in how they are attached. In the photo where they are open and shown up close, it looks like there are metal pieces on both sides of the shutter lengths? Could you ask the folks who built this house what they used for hardware on these shutters?
    Great layout and also love the kitchen sink and bathroom.

  • Kathy R
    November 14, 2012, 8:42 pm

    Rentals like this are a great idea to test one’s tiny house tolerance, and to get solid ideas. The decorating is the icing on the cake and pulls it all together. Was that a compact wood burning stove in there? (next to the table.)

  • Barb Blythe
    November 14, 2012, 8:59 pm

    What a cutie! Love the colors (bright & cheerful) inside & outside! The shutters are brillant–would keep cold out & heat in on a winter night plus the privacy factor. I also love all the natural light. Do you think lots of windows would not be a good idea in Missouri (hot summers & cold winters)??? Would it make a difference in a small space??? Wish I could rent it in MO instead of WA!

  • Nick
    November 15, 2012, 3:05 am

    That tiny house cost $67 a month more than what I’m paying for a large 2 bdm apartment with h/o included…Neat idea to rent out the tiny house. But Kinda steep of a price don’t ya think

    • Dave
      November 17, 2012, 10:25 am

      One of the things that frustrates me about the tiny house movement is the tendency to try and monetize everything about it. These folks clearly spent a bunch of money building this tiny house, and are also clearly not living in it, or not living in it fulltime at least. Makes sense to rent it, but….it is pricey. Micheal Janzen at tinyhousedesign dot com at least has free plans, and his plans are way lower in cost than tumbleweed homes. Closest thing there is to a ‘opensource’ tiny house.

    • Jody
      June 1, 2014, 2:06 am

      Hi Nick, are you talking about it as expensive to build or rent? If you’re talking about renting, it’s no more than a vacation rental. If you’re talking about building, you would probably pay more in a couple years of rent or you could build your own little house and have no rent. Hmmm… It’s great to be able to spend time in a place you are thinking of doing yourself to get a ‘fit’ for it and what will and won’t work for you and if it really is something you want to do. If you’re not building one, it’s still a nice alternative for a vacation rental. Even if it’s just for a few days.

  • Florence Robinson
    November 15, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Your tiny treasures are always a joy. The attention to detail is impressive.
    Florence Robinson

  • December 5, 2012, 5:28 pm

    I love the contrast in colour, the shutters look fantastic and very well finished inside.

  • Lynn
    February 17, 2014, 10:48 am

    I enjoy seeing all these tiny houses, however, if there is a site or way you can find out where there are tiny villages, or a list of locations you are allowed to put one of these homes up would be a great help to us as well as promoting this movement.

  • Geraldin
    March 11, 2014, 6:24 pm

    How much does your mobile house weight including the frame ?

  • Teresa
    March 25, 2014, 1:55 pm

    Everything about this tiny house is hugely appealing except the ladder to the loft. My bad knees would not do well on that I’m afraind!

  • whitney weeks
    April 3, 2014, 7:18 am

    nice you did a very good job I am so proud of you guys that made this nice little house its making me whant one now…………

  • CND Girl
    May 20, 2014, 9:18 pm

    I was wondering what heater is pictured? I would love to build a tiny house, but live in Canada, and well… need heat. 🙂

  • June 18, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Hello fantastic architecture of the tiny house. Every email I see I’m more willing to build several for my hostel.

    I would love to participate in the construction process (workshop), but as I live in Brazil is difficult.

    Here in the U.S. you guys has many materials and tools that greatly facilitate the construction of tiny houses. Thing 1 World …

    hugs strong


  • Wesley Hall
    July 17, 2014, 12:13 am

    My sons and I are interested in investigating the possibility of selling Tiny houses in the Knoxville, TN market. Please direct me to a source for more information.

  • Gina Giovi
    July 25, 2014, 3:36 pm


  • David
    July 8, 2015, 1:21 am

    Can we have the product they used to make the operating shutters/the hinges? Hard to tell from the photo, but I know it not a standard 40.00 dollar a pair crap out there either. I think this will work for my tiny house if I knew what they were.

  • August 18, 2015, 3:20 pm

    I’m the photographer who took the first dozen or so photos on this post. I’ve shot several tiny houses in Olympia, and really enjoy the creativity and individuality expressed in them. And if you happen to need a photographer for your tiny (or not tiny) space, let me know!

    NW Exposure Photography

  • Ronda Windham
    May 15, 2016, 2:07 pm

    A tiny home is my dream. I doubt it will ever be anything but a dream as I have no money butt it Still Remains a very loud and active dream in my mind. I love these small homes. The intelligence that has gone into building them is just fantastic.

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