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Purple Tiny House Vacation in Portland, OR

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When looking for a place to stay in Portland, Oregon it’s fun to consider all of the available tiny house vacations in town, including this purple cabin in the Hawthorne area.

Inside there’s a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and full bathroom for your complete convenience. There’s new furniture, linens, and even a washer/dryer inside.

Buses to take you around town are only 4 blocks away so there’s easy access to downtown, the airport, and more. There’s even a park with hikes, nature views, and more just 10 minutes away walking. Take a look, enjoy, talk about it in the comments, and re-share below if you’d like to. Thank you!

Purple Tiny House Vacation in Portland, Oregon


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I love this design because there’s a downstairs bedroom and an upstairs sleeping loft which could be optional for guests or it could just make for a great little storage area for your seasonal belongings. I think a little home like this would work great for me. How about you? Sure would be fun to try living in it for a week or so in Portland! If you want to do that, you can book directly through Airbnb. Explore more tiny house vacations.

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    October 4, 2014, 11:49 am

    Whoa! Everything about this house is cool! I love the ladder! Where can we get instructions for building one? And the headboard with shelves is amazing. I love the corner sink location that lets you see out into the living room, and those large double doors! What a great place to vacation. Beautiful!

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:44 pm

      Thanks Marsha! Gee, I wish I had access to plans. I’m assuming they had someone design/build it. Would be cool if they shared the plans. The corner sink idea is a new favorite too.

    • Criss
      September 14, 2015, 3:23 pm

      The headboard with shelves and sink are from IKEA. I hav no idea of the names however, or if they have been discontinued.

      • Maryellen
        August 6, 2016, 11:39 am

        I can’t seem to find the bedroom shelving unit on ikeas website. Do you know if that’s where they got it from?

  • Cathy Thomas-Ringley
    October 4, 2014, 12:39 pm

    What is the square footage?

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:44 pm

      Not sure Cathy but I’d guess around 400-500 sq ft

  • Two Crows
    October 4, 2014, 8:42 pm

    This looks like one I could live in! Especially love the up & down bedrooms. For me, the downstairs one would be my computer/TV room. I don’t like having those in the living room.

    Being realistic though. I’m 66 now so the downstairs bdr would, one day in the not TOO distant future, need to become the bedroom. 🙁

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:45 pm

      Thanks Two Crows. And great points. I’d use it how you said, but I can see how later in life the stairs are absolutely no fun and not worth the risk.

  • Steve
    October 4, 2014, 11:53 pm

    Now this one is a Real Gem ! What about Specs ? Dimensions (sq footage), Framing, Insulation Overview floor-plan ???

    Also agree with Sue Lyn Fleming on the Electric Stove EEKS ~!~ BTW: as a matter of practical efficiency, never put a heat source like a stove next to your refrigerator, so now one side get’s hot and forces the fridge to make up for it… It’s common sense to put a small cupboard between the two to provide a negative heat buffer, excellent place to have a cookie & baking sheets which occupy a narrow space and are a royal PITA to put anywhere else.

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:45 pm

      Sorry I don’t have the exact specs on this one Steve.

  • Cahow
    October 5, 2014, 5:32 pm

    “You had me at ‘Hello’…er, I mean, “You had me at the Purple Paint!”

    Adorable dwelling and I can see how so many people adore it. I’m quite keen on the butterfly sink in the kitchen; I’ve always been so fond of that design. And allow me to echo the ICK! factor on an electric stove!? Puh-lease!

    The one HUGE design flaw that I’ve seen but haven’t read anyone else calling it out is the direction that the French doors face: they should certainly swing OUT>>>>, not INTO the space! Look at where the flat screen TV is located; if someone wants to lay on the sofa and watch TV while simultaneously enjoying the open doors, you’re flat out of luck, mate! The open door completely obstructs the TV and also both sides take up a massive amount of interior space. Far better to have a sliding glass door or if you’re completely keen on French Doors, have them swing out, not in!

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:46 pm

      Purple is fun 🙂 And you’re right on those doors! Thanks Cahow 🙂

      • Lantz
        August 4, 2016, 8:55 pm

        The big house in the background of one photo is also purple. Somebody really likes purple.

        • Eric
          August 5, 2016, 12:23 am

          ” Somebody really likes purple.”

          Probably Donny Osmond. ; )

    • Jane
      December 22, 2014, 1:16 am

      Out-swinging French doors are considerably more expensive than those that swing inward.
      Out-swinging doors also get wet in the rain, if you like to have the doors open during a shower.
      Doors that swing inwards can have curtains attached to the windows.
      Sliders are extremely impractical for a person in a wheelchair, because of the narrow clearance and the track for the door.
      Perhaps not such a HUGE design flaw.

      • Lantz
        August 4, 2016, 8:54 pm

        All the FDs at the local home building stores we saw were in-swinging which appears to be standard. As much as out-swinging would be nice Jane’s comments for our doors proved true. In-swinging is the standard for just about any exterior door.
        But for a TH with limited space it would be worth it to spend the extra cost for out-swinging.

        • Eric
          August 5, 2016, 12:36 am

          Turn the door frame around 180° and you have outward swinging doors.

          Outward opening doors don’t blow open into the structure in a big storm. That’s because the frame blocks it from doing that. Having said that, I’ve never seen a French Door that opened inwards here in New Zealand. Not to say that there aren’t any, just haven’t seen any myself.

        • Jeanne
          August 6, 2016, 5:06 pm

          I ordered my out-swinging french doors from Home Depot at no additional cost. That way I had the outside of the door facing outside, and the weatherstripping was on the correct side of the door. I wanted them to swing out because the major storms come from the direction of the doors, so when the wind blows hard against the doors, it creates an even tighter seal against the weather.

        • Lantz
          August 7, 2016, 3:21 am

          Eric, you can’t just flip them 180, exterior doors have the sloping base plate for water run off that needs to face outwards. Also the hinges would be exposed to the weather and which would allow the doors to be removed easily.
          The majority of exterior French doors from HD are designed to be in swinging which points to the fact that that is more common.

  • Becky
    October 5, 2014, 9:23 pm

    The headboard is from IKEA. Almost bought it a couple of years ago.

  • Shannon Smith
    October 5, 2014, 11:46 pm

    Im thinking this is a 12 by 28 or 30 around 340 to 360 square feet. not counting the front deck.
    Very functional and cute , I notice it has a skylight in the living/dining room
    will be very nice in the rainy climate of Oregon,

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:48 pm

      Thanks Shannon. Good guess! I was thinking around 400-500 sq ft because of the bedroom. But it could be as small as you say, too.

  • Gary Marshall
    October 6, 2014, 10:53 am

    I need someone to explain to me something I just don’t get. Who owns the land on which the tiny houses sit? Mobile so you can keep moving and not get caught trespassing? I just don’t understand, and I don’t know any people that would just let me park on their land.

    • Cahow
      October 6, 2014, 4:02 pm

      Hey, Gary, In 99% of the articles that I’ve read at Alex’s site, it’s usually some relative that put in the hard work to buy the land, pay the taxes, water bills, trash pick up, etc., so their son/daughter/friend can “Live Simple & Free!”

      And if you detect a bit of ~snark~ in that statement, you would be correct.

      • denise eissler
        October 21, 2014, 3:38 pm

        Actually, Cahow, a lot of those land owners charge monthly rent and utilities (if the houses aren’t off-grid) to their tiny house backyard “squatters”. That is, for those who don’t actually own the property where their tiny houses are parked. I would love to see the statistical analysis that led you to arrive at your 99% moocher number.

        • Cahow
          October 21, 2014, 4:01 pm

          Well, hello there, denise,

          Hm-m-m, I reread my snarky comment and can’t for the life of me find WHERE I used the terms “squatters” nor “moocher”. Can you find those words for me, please? 😉

          Where my imaginary 99% figures came about is twofold: 1) the term “FREE!”, which is so often bandied about in these tiny house articles, when used as an adverb means:
          1.without cost or payment: “ladies were admitted free”.

          So, I’m taking both Alex’s word and the tiny home dwellers word that when they are living “…simple and FREE!”, that they aren’t paying a red cent toward cost. Sounds accurate for the definition, right?

          2) I almost always follow the links to the original articles that Alex posts and when someone is living in someone’s back yard or land, IF they are doing an exchange, they usually mention it. Whether that be bartering labor, services or an exchange of monies, those that aren’t living FREE will usually state, “And we mow Grandpappy’s acreage in exchange for living here.”

          Perhaps the “moochers” and “squatters” that you mentioned are much lower, like 90%. But as the original poster mentioned, Gary Marshall, when he wrote ” I don’t know any people that would just let me park on their land,” I also don’t know anyone in my circle of friends that would have me use their land, water, electric, and trash pick up for years without giving SOMETHING back to them. Nor, if I had been offered the chance, could I have taken without “giving back”. But, that’s just my old fashioned moral code of The Golden Rule.

          Your results and mileage may vary.

        • denise eissler
          October 21, 2014, 4:45 pm

          Cahow – I tend to read these comments about living for free to be flippant remarks that relate more to the idea of not maintaining a 30-year mortgage. Of all the people in the tiny house community I’ve met in Austin, TX (and the surrounding area), I haven’t met a single one who is living free and taking advantage of someone else’s land mortgage payments, nor a single one remotely interested in doing something like that. What I see is people wanting to move into their backyard tiny houses and renting out their front houses to pay of that mortgage, wanting to sell their regular size houses and buy land to park their tiny houses on, wanting to rent a tiny house on someone else’s property, or wanting to pay rent to someone else to be able to park their tiny house and live there. Every single person is fiscally responsible, and I haven’t come across a single one looking for a handout or “free parking”. In fact, most are incredibly generous in sharing their time and knowledge, and many are wanting to figure out how to co-share in a piece of land (ie: establish a co-op business partnership to purchase land along with other tiny-housers to establish a community of like-minded people, with extra plots available to rent to people who can’t afford to buy their own property). These innovative individuals are active in local politics and have made compelling arguments to city counsel members, and now there are initiatives on the ballot to change code requirements and allow full-time tiny house dwelling within the city limits.

          So yes, I did take exception to your post that *insinuated* that many tiny house dwellers “live free on their parents’ or friends’ properties, while the property owner pays taxes”. Maybe there are some people like that, but no more than others who still live in their parents’ homes at age 30. Tiny house dwellers, at least where I live, are responsible, intelligent, and self-sufficient activists who spend their free time trying to change the mind-set…not people who live off of others for free. If Alex doesn’t feature those types of tiny house owners in his blog, then I’ll suggest to the Austin TH community to submit their stories here. I believe it will open your eyes to a different type of TH dweller!

        • Cahow
          October 21, 2014, 6:18 pm

          Hello, again, denise. There’s no REPLY button under your last comment so this might attach itself to my post. Hope you find it. 😀

          ~Applause~Applause~ a very thoughtful and well-stated reply to me. I read it with avid interest and would enjoy reading more about the very responsible and action oriented tiny house community where you live. 😀

          I agree whole-heartedly that the “Living Simple & FREE!” headline that usually accompanies so many of these articles is flippant and false and very misleading. You’re comparison of the bloke living in the basement, rent free, is a perfect comparison to a “Moocher By Any Other Name.” LOL What bothers me so greatly about the FREE! word is that it implies an attitude of laziness or free-loading off of someone else who MUST pay taxes and infrastructure charges. I’m quite keen on the bartering system and practice it within my own business so if many of the tiny home owners are bartering, I’m two thumbs up on that practice. That way, no one is at a loss, and both parties gain.

          The Tiny House philosophy is the true answer to so many people’s quest that it shouldn’t be sullied with falsehoods and fake advertising of “Free!” I used to belong to a website featuring Off The Grid folks. I truly respected them and had quite a lark on that site, learning from them and their life choices. But, why I eventually abandoned it was from the chronic stream of disenfranchised Millennial’s and Lay-Abouts who would come to the site stating, “I just want to run away from this f’ed up world! Who has land for me to camp on?” :0 Once cheeky bird actually had the hutzpah to start a thread, asking a “well-off couple with no children” to share their wealth with her and set her up on an island.!!!! I kid you not…I could not believe that it was an honest request until I followed her Facebook link. Sure enough, even on Facebook, she was soliciting for childless wealthy people to set her up on an island because she was “sick of this world and it’s commercialism.”

          I’m happy that you and I reached clarity regarding my initial remark, your interpretation of it and our mutual embrace of understanding one another. All the BEST of luck to the Austin, Tx. community of hard-working tiny house lovers! <3

      • October 22, 2014, 12:06 am

        A great and honest reply, Alex! Yeah, I think some of the people, having these tiny homes, are lucky that they are able to have them on a relative’s or a friend’s property! Kudos to them! 🙂

        • October 22, 2014, 12:21 am

          Alex: I’m now “replying” to my own comment, but hope you will see… I don’t think I fully read all of the comments — and it seems that some the commenters got “OFF TOPIC” — meaning, about people being lucky and not having to pay taxes, water bills, etc., if they are in a tiny home… And I just wanted to say that I think it’s GREAT that people are able to voice their opinions here, on your website, and “DEBATE” things like this! However, I hope that everyone remembers that you are just providing a service, showing these tiny houses and NOT extolling whether it’s fair or unfair wherever these tiny homes are parked! Just wanted to clarify that, I’m on your side, as I love your blog and what you show all of us with the tiny homes. 🙂

      • Jane
        December 22, 2014, 1:39 am

        Cahow, you seem to be very fond of snark.

    • Steve
      October 7, 2014, 8:26 pm


      Maggie & I own a lovely piece of property out in the country, we had our well dug (230 feet deep) no Hydro (electric) so we are installing Solar & Wind which will power the “Pump House & Tiny House” with grey water setup & compost toilet. (Building it right as now in fact) Internet via 4G-Satellite. If you can get a small property of 1 acre or more in a nice spot, park it and live the life ! We have over 2 acres and have plans for not only our Tiny, but a year round greenhouse, gardens, chicken coop & run + rabbit hutch and runs with possibly even 2 or 3 “Siberian Pigs” (heritage breed that can handle winters well). Ultimately we will be building a small Cordwood / Stackwall cabin on there (400 sq feet + 2 lofts) using our own bush as the source over the next 4 year time span.

      There are many places that you can find a nice bit of property very cheap, that could in fact, support you & yours with minimal “external” services & resources.

      IS IT WORTH IT ? 150% Absolutely ! We haven’t felt so good about doing anything in our lives than doing this and I’m “no spring chicken” either past the 50 mark a ways back and going strong !

    • Cooltruth
      September 15, 2015, 5:43 am

      Buy land, rent land, I’d say if your tiny house is not on wheels, buying the land it sits on would be the best solution. If you can drive away with it, wouldn’t matter whether you bought, rented or just parked in a space somewhere. Just drive off if hassled about being there…

  • Marcia
    October 6, 2014, 11:18 am

    Wow, this is really adorable.

    • Alex
      October 6, 2014, 3:48 pm

      Thanks Marcia!

  • Susie M
    October 21, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Love it – sure there are little touches that are not my specific taste – but hey – it’s NOT MY HOUSE – I do wish people would look past those little things to the bigger picture – this is a very viable tiny house option – eco friendly footprint – can’t be very costly to build or maintain – well thought out and put together – definitely could happily live in one like this – btw – thanks Steve for the energy saving tip on fridge/stove proximity – common sense when you think about it – but never hurts to be reminded – a penny saved is a penny earned – same thing goes for a joule.

  • Rose
    October 22, 2014, 2:20 pm

    This is adorable. This doesnt appear to be on a trailer. I see some areas that aren’t in the “tiny house” style. In other words, wasted space. I would put a little coat closet on one side of the double doors and a shelving unit on the otherside to balance out. I would also put some thing in the empty space between the toilet and the shower, In the bedroom closet to the right, there is a piece of plywood. There are products sitting on top of it. what is behind the plywood?

    • Jaime
      September 14, 2015, 7:57 pm

      Late to the party, but if I had to guess, I’d say the space behind that plywood is where the water heater is sitting… Given that there does not appear to be gas service, I’m guessing that they’re still using a tanked heater – and I see no other place for it.

  • Sonia Munson
    November 3, 2014, 8:21 am

    Back to the house…am I missing something from the pictures…where EXACTLY is the bathroom?? and YES I do love this one! Especially the down bedroom with the laundry

  • Sonia Munsons
    November 3, 2014, 8:27 am

    PS…AHHHHH the bathroom….do I see a door opposite the fridge?? makes sense…ok

  • Jaimee Christensen
    August 27, 2015, 9:44 am

    Just wondering if the plans for this tiny home are available? I like this layout very much.



  • Bary
    September 15, 2015, 10:51 pm

    Love the bathroom, love the tile in the shower!

  • SaturdaySportsman
    September 17, 2015, 10:03 pm

    Nice and practical. Wouldn’t miss a thing living here. Great little house.

  • Mary Eleanor Dixon
    August 4, 2016, 11:11 am

    One of the things makes me crazy is a stove with about zero clearance on one side. So many pots have handles that are safer if there is a way to turn the handle to the side and have it hanging over a small bit of a counter. It is a matter of safety. Besides, not every skillet or a dutch oven will fit just exactly on the burners. Just not enough room. Not just that but it defeats the job a refrigerator does when an oven is on full blast and elements on the top are going.

  • Large Marge
    August 5, 2016, 7:24 am

    We’re reminded of the Second Amendment to the USA constitution, “…necessary to the security of a free state…”

    We always thought this refers to a free state of mind, a free state of heart, free as in self-reliant and self-responsible. In other words, free from infringement, free to grow and experience and mature… and f

    Does that help?

    • Large Marge
      August 5, 2016, 7:37 am

      Finishing that second paragraph:
      Free to face the forge, free to fail.

      Does that help?
      About the purple rental, we like the sense of openness, and extending the living space onto the deck.

  • Nancy
    August 6, 2016, 11:11 am

    This one is really cute!!!

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