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Oversized Tiny House With Wraparound Porch!


This is an oversized tiny house with a wraparound porch built right into the unit! It’s called Athens 520. Technically this is a park model home and could easily be considered a mini-mansion on wheels, right?

It’s pretty massive! But could be the perfect solution for some who may be looking to downsize from something much bigger, right? I think so. And there’s nothing wrong with that. So what do you think? Would you ever consider something like this?

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‘Massive’ tiny home with built-in outdoor space

This is SO nice, isn’t it? Because it’s really nice to have COVERED outdoor space, ESPECIALLY in a tiny house.

There’s even a fireplace and as you can see below… enough open space for a breeze.

Step inside and have a look…

A cozy and comfortable couch, ceiling fan, and mini-split AC… Also a barstool table you can see below.

A look from the other side so you can see how this park model is laid out. How do you like it so far?

I love the large kitchen sink. That’s a must for me because I like doing my dishes by hand and I also like cooking with pots and pans.

Full-size appliances in here too!

From here you can almost see the main-floor bedroom and bathroom… But you’re supposed to be looking at the kitchen cabinets and appliances? I don’t know…😂

Here’s a better look at the kitchen sink and cabinets. It’s always nice having a window to look out of when doing the dishes. Then again, you do have a dishwasher.

Full-size range and a view of the barstool table set.

How do you like this tiny house kitchen?

Full-size bathroom with flush toilet, sink, cabinets, and stand-up shower.

Your bed and bath entrance.

The bedroom has its own air conditioning system, large windows, and barn sliders for your closet space.

What do you think? It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?

It’s almost too nice! You even have your own exit to the covered porch from here. This is really lovely.

Could you see yourself living in a park model tiny home kind of like this?

Video Tour – Athens 520 HUGE park model tiny house with a WRAPAROUND porch!

Highlights

  • 15-feet wide
  • 33′-6″ length
  • 399.8 square feet
  • Wraparound porch feature
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • King-size bedroom
  • Champion Athens Model APH-520

Learn more

YouTube | Athens 520 | Park-Model-Homes.com | Or call 888-222-2699 and ask for sales

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  • Avatar Donna Mauldin-Bishop
    June 20, 2019, 1:33 pm

    This is a very nice Park Model home. Everything in this model has been upgraded for luxury tiny/small house living.

    • Avatar Alex
      June 21, 2019, 9:45 am

      Glad you liked it, Donna, thanks!

  • Avatar Michael L
    June 20, 2019, 4:25 pm

    Now this is the home I’d like to place somewhere and have a small thow for the road!

    • Avatar Constance Mavis
      March 7, 2020, 10:56 pm

      I am interested in the Aspen APH 520

      • Avatar Elizabeth
        May 22, 2020, 1:55 pm

        How much is the 520 little home just like it is furnished

        • Avatar esme
          May 24, 2020, 8:23 am

          i read it is $210,000

    • Avatar Silvia carrillo
      May 22, 2020, 7:20 pm

      Holidays family dinners. Music, movies, laughter, love, more love and peaceful nights

  • Avatar Eric
    June 20, 2019, 4:38 pm

    Very nice, structurally. Would have some more “colour” inside though. And to me, wraparound would mean all 4 sides of the house. Maybe ist different in US terminology but here in NZ that is more correct meaning of wraparound.

    • Avatar Eric
      June 20, 2019, 4:39 pm

      Oops, fat fingers and old age… that should have been its not ist.

      • Avatar Pam Nissen
        September 29, 2019, 8:50 am

        Love this house….what’s the price on something like this? I live in Iowa, northwest, Ia….can you put these in mobile home trailer courts?

        • Avatar Sarah Beyer
          November 3, 2019, 11:32 pm

          Would like the price please.

  • Avatar susan coletti
    June 20, 2019, 4:51 pm

    What is the price on this model?

  • Avatar Denise
    June 20, 2019, 11:26 pm

    Pretty. But can’t they even give a ball-park of a price? Kinda a waste not to.

    • Avatar James D.
      June 23, 2019, 1:19 am

      When they offer customization options the price can vary by a lot but typically Athen’s Park Models Start from $35k – $75k.. Though prices can vary depending where in the country you want it delivered as these are manufactured in factories and would have to be built and delivered from the nearest one to you location, among other variables…

      Alternatively, check RV dealerships in your area that sell Park Models. A standard model version would on the lot for viewing and the dealership can have it delivered…

      • Avatar NELL
        September 23, 2019, 9:58 am

        So the all in price of the home you show here would be under $75k? Are appliances included in this home?

        • Avatar Eric
          November 27, 2019, 7:12 pm

          Nell, you confuse James D. with being part of the business that manufactures these homes. He doesn’t. He was merely indicating the price ranges of typical homes from the manufacturer. Prices depend upon many variables. For instance, would be much cheaper if was being located near where there factory is as opposed to, say, Los Angeles (as a silly example coz LA just won’t allow these, at this time anyway) due to transportation costs.

          These homes are ALL custom made. If you are serious in something like this then if you go to their web page, there is a link in the article to it btw, they have an online form which you can fill out to learn more.

          They could then advise the base cost, and you would then need to factor in appliances etc, because what suits you won’t suit other people.

          And yes, I’d love one. Only problem is I’m in New Zealand and the freight would be a total killer. Can you imagine the cost of putting it on a ship and sending it half way around the world? I don’t even want to think about it myself. Nor would my bank manager. lqtm

  • Avatar Steve Kuschner
    June 23, 2019, 9:32 pm

    How come he didn’t show the refrigerator?

    • Avatar Jan Woodward
      July 8, 2019, 5:42 pm

      There is a partial view of what appears to be a stainless steel 2 dr. fridge from the open door of the bedroom.

      • Avatar Eric
        August 16, 2019, 10:17 pm

        Actually the refrigerator shows in 3 of the pictures… once you get the inside of the house it shows in pictures 3, 4 & 6.

  • Avatar kevin
    June 24, 2019, 12:11 pm

    this seems super big for a one bedroom house. if you’re gonna go so big that you can’t even move it, why not go with a small two bedroom?

    • Avatar Eric
      July 20, 2019, 3:03 am

      Why have a small two bedroom if its gonna only be you? Some people (shock, horror) don’t want others to stay overnight. Diff’rnt strokes fer diff’rnt folks innit?

  • Avatar Margaret McCauley
    June 24, 2019, 12:18 pm

    This is a beautiful home. Many modern elements but very comfortable and homey. The neutral color palette is a serene mix of greys, tan, and cream. I would buy the most beautiful piece of land I could afford, set the home right there and sit on that porch and watch my dogs play. Very pretty dream.

  • Avatar Jan Woodward
    July 8, 2019, 5:47 pm

    This home hits all my wanna-have buttons!! Beautifully detailed – neutral colors that would allow me to make it my own [amateur interior decorator] ‘TO DIE FOR’ outside space..that I could ‘add’ some type of adjustable ‘hangings’ to block out rain etc…making it an all season place. LOVE the space…I’d be one happy Senior Lady! Price projections make solid sense to me. Now the trick would be to find the right Tiny Home ‘approvable lot.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 8, 2019, 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Jan! I’m glad you liked it!

  • Avatar Mollie Morris
    July 27, 2019, 5:28 pm

    This is an exceptional tiny home. My concern is the narrow galley kitchen.

    • Avatar Paul
      August 16, 2019, 10:20 pm

      The galley kitchen only “looks” narrow because photo’s have been taken with a wide angle lens which distorts perspective. It is actually not narrow at all. Easily handles two people there without going bumpsy daisy.

  • Avatar Steve Gutman
    July 27, 2019, 6:00 pm

    Another great pick, Alex. I love the way it integrates the outdoors with the indoors. Great design, terrific.

  • Avatar Steve Gutman
    July 27, 2019, 6:06 pm

    This design would greatly benefit by broad stairs from ALL the deck areas to the ground. Very different from simply plopping a box onto the ground. The steel stair shown does nothing to welcome people either onto the deck and into the house, or the other way, from the deck onto the ground. I am a retired architect and landscape architect and I have never met a stair that I thought was too wide.

    • Avatar Eric
      September 29, 2019, 4:47 pm

      Steve… I totally agree with you. I’ve seen so many homes, tiny, average and large that have steps that are essentially 1 person wide. For very little extra cost making the steps as wide as the deck is a very smart move. Stops traffic jams, and with it accidents. People can also sit on the steps at different levels so makes sense from a seating point of view if having a number of people around, which obviously probably wouldn’t be used in rainy weather as people would either be inside or out on the deck near the fireplace.

      There’s a lot to like about this place thats for real.

  • Avatar Sandra Libby Cyr
    July 28, 2019, 12:16 pm

    One of the best I’ve seen!!

  • Avatar Sheila Plourde
    July 29, 2019, 4:11 pm

    I love this. Beautiful. Yes, I did look at the appliances and the cabinets. Loved the message with the smiley. I wouldn’t change nothing. Love every inch of this tiny home.

  • Avatar rachel
    July 29, 2019, 5:11 pm

    Love the basic home. I would make it more colorful and modern inside. Would absolutely use ONLY
    eco-friendly materials. Add solar panels/compost toilet. I do not need an outdoor fireplace but its’ a nice touch.

  • Avatar Sharon Wegner
    July 29, 2019, 5:50 pm

    Two comments: I’m not fond of the toilet right across from the bed. Hopefully there is at least a pocket door on the bathroom. I would prefer a tub.

    And I’d like the outdoor area with fireplace to be screened in or to be partially enclosed.

    • Avatar Eric
      August 16, 2019, 5:30 pm

      And surprise, any and all of those things can be done. But… only if YOU want them and YOU will pay for them. What is shown is a “display home” showing what can be done. Show homes by their very nature try to cater to the tastes of the majority of viewers rather than the minority. But customisation is the name of the game in Tiny Homes and therein lies your possible dream.

    • Avatar Paul
      May 23, 2020, 3:58 am

      Sharon, if you look at the last picture, the one just before the YouTube video, you’ll see that the door to the bathroom & toilet is in fact a pocket door.

      Screening off the deck would be an easy fix, either by you (or a tradesperson friend) or the manufacturer.

      Pretty sure that you’d be able to have a short bath tub in place of the built in shower. Have a shower head over the bathtub and you’ve got the best of both worlds.

  • Avatar Dominick
    July 29, 2019, 6:31 pm

    Very nice, But I wouldn’t call that tiny by any means.

    • Avatar Eric
      September 2, 2019, 4:03 pm

      Well surprise… the header does say “oversized” tiny house.

      • Avatar Dominick
        September 2, 2019, 4:13 pm

        Well surprise right back at you, How can it be tiny if it’s oversized? That would be contradictory to the term tiny, perhaps small would be a better description.

        • Avatar Eric
          September 2, 2019, 4:16 pm

          Well perhaps tiny oversized is smaller than small. Sir. Prized. 👀 😃 😁

  • Avatar Kathleen Isaacs
    July 29, 2019, 7:53 pm

    Absolutely one of the best I have seen. Nothing I would change.

  • Avatar Nancy
    July 29, 2019, 7:59 pm

    I would like to see a two bedroom

  • Avatar linda wilson
    July 29, 2019, 8:22 pm

    Wow, wow, wow. This is superb. What a fabulous home. I think this is the nicest of all tiny homes I have fallen in love with! I love the outside space, the bathroom, the huge kitchen. Holy smoke. I love this, I could totally live here. What a wonderful place to live. I can picture myself in each room. Yummy, yummy.

  • Avatar Jo
    July 30, 2019, 12:34 am

    I love the layout. Amazing porch with the outdoor fireplace. I do wonder why the photos make the furniture, doors and appliances appear “elongated”? One photo shows the couch appearing to be a long 3-seater, yet, on the next shot, the same couch appears to be clearly a normal size. The video does not distort the appearance of this beautiful home.

    • Avatar Eric
      July 30, 2019, 4:25 pm

      Jo, the reason it looks elongated in the photo is that they have used a wide angle lens to get everything in, and that is what creates the distortion. Next photo is from a different angle, but notice the other items on the edge of the photo are distorted. So the distortion is caused by 1) proximity and 2) the angle perspective.

      If you look at the beds elsewhere you will see the same effects of distortion, just not to the same degree as the couch.

      The video will most likely have been shot at a normal video perspective, which wil have some distortion from reality, but not anywhere near the same extant as the still photos.

      Hope that helps.

      • Avatar Jo
        July 30, 2019, 7:23 pm

        Thank you so much. I now know why it happens. I don’t use a wide angle lens. I use a 50mm lens to capture the most realistic pictures and 40mm for longer, but tighter shots.

  • Avatar Tom
    July 30, 2019, 7:26 am

    I would enclose that fireplace room, take out that existing end wall and make it the whole living room together, open it up. Then wrap the porch/deck around the right, and have a double-opening fireplace, with one on that side on that side. Seems easy to do, and would make this a lot more usable year round, especially in Northern areas. But in general, this is a very nice one !

    • Avatar Eric
      July 30, 2019, 4:27 pm

      Maybe enclosing it and extending it as you suggest would mean it comes under the umbrella of a “normal” house and therefore taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Maybe.

  • Avatar Natasha
    August 3, 2019, 9:25 am

    The house is really nice, but that covered porch…❤❤❤

    • Avatar Eric
      December 1, 2019, 7:48 pm

      😍😍😍 🤩🤩🤩 😁 😙 😏 🤑

  • Avatar aydene militello
    August 3, 2019, 9:59 am

    A well thought out and executed home. Not sure it fits in the “tiny” category, but super well done anyway. I love it! Despite it being smallish there appears to be loads of room, storage, and it feels larger than it is. All it needs is an inground swimming pool.

    • Avatar Eric
      August 16, 2019, 5:34 pm

      The heading does state “oversized” tiny home…

  • Avatar Cheryl
    August 13, 2019, 9:21 pm

    This would be perfect for my sister who is thinking about moving up here in South Carolina to be close to me, she lives in Florida right now. This is beautiful…love it!! What would be the cost on one like this model?

  • Avatar cindy
    August 16, 2019, 2:13 pm

    Just BEAUTIFUL!!! It doesn’t get better than this!!!

  • Avatar Meira
    August 16, 2019, 2:39 pm

    Love this model can you send me info about it to me

    • Avatar Eric
      August 16, 2019, 5:36 pm

      Suggest you use the link in the story to go to the builders website and click on the “contact us” link to get more information.

  • Avatar Diane
    August 16, 2019, 8:54 pm

    Lovely. Like the higher ceilings than most park models!

  • Avatar Matt
    August 24, 2019, 12:50 am

    I’m so old I remember when we called these manufactured homes. I guess is more edgy if we call them oversized tiny homes.

    • Avatar Paul
      January 2, 2020, 12:52 am

      Maybe we could be even edgier and call them tiny oversized homes. Cater to 2 different markets… rg&dfc 😃

  • Avatar CJ
    September 1, 2019, 4:08 pm

    The most important information about this fantastic tiny house is PRICE.
    What’s the Price as pictured?

    • Avatar Eric
      September 2, 2019, 4:05 pm

      Click on the links and ask them. They are the words that are coloured blue…

      • Avatar Charles. Monaco
        December 31, 2019, 8:49 pm

        Price of model as built shown

  • Avatar Susan Crawford
    September 25, 2019, 11:51 pm

    Have been looking at this unit for awhile. Very attractive. Curiosity question…is there a reason why the front door is installed backwards. The hinges are located on the outside. I could break in within a minute with a hammer and a screwdriver. Too easy to pop the pins on the hinges. Could not see if the bedroom door suffers from the same issue.

    • Avatar Eric
      January 2, 2020, 12:40 am

      …and I, not being of a criminal bent, could very easily destroy the hinge system that is on the inside with a hammer and a cold chisel. End of the day, if there’s glass its easy enough to gain entry, via door or window.

      • Avatar Eric
        June 13, 2020, 8:43 pm

        Back on this page again, and I’m pretty sure its the same in the States as in New Zealand, all commercial buildings are required to have outward opening doors for safety. If someone collapses against an inward opening door it could result in death if first responders cannot access the inside in a timely manner. Especially in a fire situation.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
          June 14, 2020, 12:41 pm

          Yes it’s true, Eric. There was a fire in a theater many years ago and everyone died because the doors opened inward and the crowd prevented them from opening.

  • Avatar Lee Ann
    September 27, 2019, 11:01 am

    I’m usually not into park models because they have loft spaces which seem like a waste of space to me but I love this one. I’d choose smaller kitchen appliances to allow for more counter space. I love that outdoor fireplace—that’d be great for a slightly chilly Fall or Spring night. Nice place to hang out on a Summer day and night, too.

  • September 29, 2019, 10:28 pm

    This is a beautiful home…Park Avenue does the best of them I think!!!

  • Avatar Kathy Handyside
    September 30, 2019, 3:38 pm

    That is really beautiful! I love the covered porch! I thought I read somewhere that you can’t live full-time in a park model house. I live in Michigan – one of the worst states in which to try to live tiny. I can’t remember if what I read about park model homes was specific to Michigan or not. If anyone has any information on that, I’d really appreciate it.

  • Avatar VAL STEVENS
    October 1, 2019, 12:45 pm

    Absolutely love this house. I too would like the deck screened in. As far as the size – my understanding has been than anything 400 sf or under is considered a tiny house. This is listed as 322 sf – do isn’t that considered a tiny?

  • Avatar Eric
    October 1, 2019, 5:57 pm

    Val, I think you will find that there is no “absolute” definition of a tiny house.
    And, if you read the article’s specs it is in fact 399.8 square feet, so for all intents and purposes 400 square feet.
    But that doesn’t include the deck area, so using those figures (15-feet wide x 33′-6″ length) gives an area of 502 1/2 square feet. Which is why it “looks” so huge.

    • Avatar Barbara Campbell
      October 13, 2019, 8:48 am

      Now that’s my kind of tiny house. I love the size and look. All on one floor. I’m an 80 year old widow, and steps and ladders are not for me. Thank you for showing a tiny house for a seniors.

  • Avatar Katherine Thompson Whirley
    October 13, 2019, 9:48 am

    WOW…just beautiful and perfect in every way! Love the outdoor living space also.

  • Avatar Katherine Thompson Whirley
    November 24, 2019, 10:40 pm

    Wow…a gorgeous tiny home! I love everything about this home both inside and out. The high end features you can tell have been used throughout this home that makes it pop.

  • Avatar geri
    November 27, 2019, 12:03 pm

    Stunning!!! How much did this gem cost?Thanks.

  • Avatar Pamela
    November 30, 2019, 8:45 pm

    OMG I’m in love. This is PERFECT in every way!

  • Avatar Laura Smyser
    December 1, 2019, 3:29 am

    Wow!!

  • Avatar Charles. Monaco
    December 31, 2019, 8:52 pm

    Price of model as built shown

  • Avatar Marlene
    January 12, 2020, 10:13 pm

    My comment…wow!

    Absolutely lovely and would definitely try tiny house living again.
    You outdid yourself with this house choice. Would love to see more tiny homes like this.

    Thanks

  • Avatar aharris
    January 20, 2020, 4:37 pm

    I have looked for months/years and this is it! Even falls in my price range. And I will put it on a foundation in Barefoot Bay, FL I wonder if there is one closer to me than TX.

  • Avatar Janet Johnson
    January 24, 2020, 10:24 am

    Very nice 👍

  • Avatar Benita Rodrigues
    March 7, 2020, 10:36 am

    Love everything about it!

  • Avatar Donna Rae
    March 7, 2020, 12:14 pm

    Very nicely done and very livable. I’d lose that corner fireplace for something that doesn’t take up so much room or block the view, though. I think I could also live without that small side covered porch area so there could be more interior space. Luckily, these tiny houses can easily be modified to suit everyone’s needs and preferences whether it is structural or how it is decorated. The best part of these tiny homes is that there is not only fewer expenses but a lot less housework!

  • Avatar Lorrie
    May 23, 2020, 10:58 am

    Can the Athens 20 be built with a full upper level, with additional living space?

    • Avatar Eric
      June 14, 2020, 6:10 pm

      I’m pretty sure it could. The question is, should you? Doing so might possibly change how it is classified in some areas therefore different rules might apply due to zoning rules and property tax rules.

      Personally I’m done with multi-level houses. I’m 66 and my knees hurt, my back hurts, heck even my brain hurts. ; p

      Seriously, imagine putting furniture into upper levels, and then taking it out to replace with something else. OMG, my brain hurts just thinking about having to do that.

  • May 23, 2020, 5:16 pm

    Sorry, this is not a “wraparound porch”, ask anyone from the South. It’s a great outdoor space however.

  • Avatar Yvette Roland
    June 12, 2020, 7:58 pm

    It’s interesting that Park-Model-Homes continues to put out new business when they won’t resolve the issues created when they came up with a story that the owner was getting a divorce and the son-in-law is the one that screwed up my order, but they’re Christians and they’ll make it right … well that never happened and 2 years later, I still don’t have working mini-splits so I have to use space heaters in the winter and a fan in the summer. I paid for my house cash money up front and have been screwed. I would never recommend Park-Model-Homes or Skyline Homes as the builder. NEVER

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      June 14, 2020, 12:55 pm

      Hi Yvette, thanks for sharing this review. I’m really sorry you had such a terrible experience.

  • June 13, 2020, 8:27 am

    Just beautiful and as always Park Model is always my favorite with their upgrades and finishes they use!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      June 14, 2020, 12:50 pm

      They’re a great tiny home option.

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