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Katelyn’s Reading Style Vardo For Sale: $12K

This is Katelyn’s stunning hand-built Reading-Style Vardo that’s for sale for $12,000 in Oregon. Update: Sold.

It has some minor trim work yet to-be-done, but she is selling the beautiful place as-is. Be sure to watch the video tour to get details on what you’ll need to finish.

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Katelyn’s Reading Style Vardo $12K (sold)

Images from Katelyn

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Images from Katelyn

Video: Vardo Video Tour

From Katelyn:

This Reading style Vardo was originally built to be a stage piece as well as a camper for us. It has hand-done detailing (chamfers, mollicroft, etc) with mortis and tenon, tongue and groove ceiling with mollicroft (4 of the 8 windows in in the molly open). The Vardo is internally wired with a couple of outlets, the detailing has not been 100% completed but it is otherwise in excellent condition.

Per tradition it has a raised center roof (4 of the 8 windows in this mollicroft open) done with mortis and tenon joinery, which lets in a lot of light. There are two bunks, one above the other at the front. The top bunk has a bay window with a custom stained glass piece.

The detail work has not been 100% completed: the interior walls are not detailed yet and some of the outside accents still need to be finished as well. We did not choose to put in a permanent kitchen. It is otherwise in excellent condition.

This sits as a “load” on the trailer, which means that it is bolted to the trailer but can easily be removed and stand alone as a guest cottage. The trailer is 18 feet. The interior measurements of the living space are 12.5’L x 8’W x 7’H, with a 3 degree outward tilt to the walls that makes the interior space look much larger than the outside. Inside is a permanently mounted 1800’s antique armoire from England and another antique cabinet that currently serves as a pantry.


  • Katelyn or Ash at [email protected]; 541-488-0414 for additional details or to purchase.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Michele Bellon
    March 2, 2017, 2:09 pm

    It’s beautiful. I’m wondering if it has a bathroom of any kind.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2017, 5:44 am

      I’m afraid it doesn’t — but it’s rare that vardos do!

    March 2, 2017, 9:05 pm

    Vardo’s are awesome and I am a big time fan of the Vardo before people started calling them that, and used to refer to them as Gypsy wagons which was a terrible stereo type back then in the 60’s… And then in the mid to late 80’s I started to hear people call them Vardos… Surely a better way of calling them as the later was a derogatory analogy of a people who had a great history as travelers, and been very close to nature as you could possibly get with out living in a bear cave… LoL…! I wish I had a place to put it as it brings back some very great memories…. Best of luck with your sale, and I am sure there is some one out there who will give that home a lot of love….! And thank you for sharing it with us….

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2017, 5:25 am

      It’s a beautiful piece of art, besides being functional 🙂 I hope it sells quickly!

  • Scott
    March 3, 2017, 3:16 pm

    Nice project for right person to finish it off. Add a simple kitchen and your good to go.
    Although I’d probably take out the bottom bunk and repurpose that space.
    I like the idea of the Antique pieces but I think built ins might be more stream lined and of course could be made to look Antique too.
    Overall nice detailing to this and gotta love the small windows on top and the arch ceiling as that makes it so much more spacious feeling.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 6, 2017, 9:17 am

      Yes those windows are fantastic!

  • Nanny M
    March 5, 2017, 8:02 am

    Such beautiful details. Magical.

    March 5, 2017, 8:31 am

    Looove these wagons! I suppose the people who had them didn’t mind using outdoor toilets, not that I mind either. Been raised like that too. Love the color and designs on them!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 6, 2017, 7:39 am

      Yes the design and colors are amazing!

  • Oceana
    April 8, 2019, 5:22 pm

    Hi there,

    Do you/would you make more of these?

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