≡ Menu

Roger’s Cottage, 675-sq.-ft. Retreat in Downtown Raleigh

This is the story of Roger’s Cottage, a 675-sq.-ft. retreat in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

It was a historic preservation move where the entire cottage was relocated, and Scott and Ashley of The Hive Drive Bus are here to show it to us.

Don’t miss other super awesome stories like this – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more! 

675-sq.-ft. Cottage in Downtown Raleigh

Welcome to Roger’s Cottage!

From here you are only 2-3 blocks away from everything you could ask for in the city.

Spiral staircase to the loft, brick fireplace, updated kitchen,..

Beautifully rustic door…

It’s got all of the right touches, doesn’t it?

The kitchen is simple, open, and utilitarian.

The table, lighting, and plants add such a nice touch, too.

A great place to enjoy tea.

Get some work done on the computer, read a magazine on the couch…

Playing games on the coffee table. Life’s good!

Some video editing work, possibly.

And a super comfortable bed for rest.

VIDEO – City Cottage in Raleigh NC

VIDEO – Raleigh NC Staycation Vlog


Learn more

Related stories

Our big thanks to The Hive Drive Bus for sharing!🙏

You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks!

If you enjoyed this you’ll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more!

You can also join our Small House Newsletter!

Also, try our Tiny Houses For Sale Newsletter! Thank you!

More Like This: Small Houses | Cottages | Vacations

See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses

The following two tabs change content below.


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!
{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Sheila
    October 15, 2020, 4:47 pm

    Is that a double fire place? Use to live in a house that had a double fire place. This is real nice. I see the door is antiqued? I have always like that. Beautiful cottage.

  • Lantz
    October 18, 2020, 3:40 am

    In the US during the 50s the avg sq ft home was 700 and a big house 1500. Looking at this 675 sq ft shows how little we need to be happy and how much less a home could be built for and paid off sooner.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 18, 2020, 1:54 pm

      Completely agree, Lantz!

      • March 21, 2021, 3:53 pm

        Yes, Lantz… yes, Natalie. You two hit the proverbial nail smack dab on its head. Perfectly said. I continue to see cookie cutter semi-mansions being built in and around my beautiful college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and they make me sick at my stomach. No one needs that much room. Even if one is wealthy, a semi-mansion or worse is far too much. These comments are respectfully submitted. Stephan of Arkansas

  • Christine Yahner-Divadkar
    October 25, 2020, 9:32 pm

    What a cute – and ROOMY – cottage! Love it! And it looks like it meets most city ordinances. Thanks for the tour.

  • Eric
    November 28, 2020, 12:06 am

    Oh come on. Those doors are weather beaten nightmares, supposedly distressed, which is another word for… yep, you guessed it, weather beaten nightmares.

    • Anthony
      April 14, 2023, 5:18 pm

      Oh! But Eric! You so very much miss the point!!! They reframe (sorry for the pun) how that door is presented, so they could sell it for $1500 or far more, than if they simply labeled it for what it is – a worn, tired, and in need of severe repairing door!

      What I find disgusting about all this tiny house business is not the houses themselves, but how the fad has made what should be a solution to solve serious social economic issues into one more money making big business opportunity. Low income people, the elderly, and those who consciously choose not to live the irresponsible and selfish lifestyle of consumerist materialism just can’t touch these places now. Not unless they go very very simple, and live in what amounts to a box with the bare essentials. You would think this is the way of things when purchasing a normal-sized house, but now that is how it is with these. When you see 200 sq foot houses or less selling for $50,000 – $100,000 or more, you know something has gone terribly wrong.

      This is just one more joke perpetuated in a country whose essential value system is, was, and will always be about the dollar. From long before the colonies were even colonies, the whole purpose of the New World was to invade, control, and extract its natural resources, something we’ve been doing for five centuries now.

      As for these quaint little castles in the sky, they’re nothing more than weak attempts to deny, pretend we’ve finally become more enlightened, or assuage the guilt of those who temporally leave that life for a year or two. Sadly, the marketing of these things, their popularity HGTV has made them economically untouchable for the masses. In other words, this is the gentrification of sane living standards in an otherwise insane and out of control society.

      • James D.
        April 16, 2023, 3:18 pm

        While I understand the sentiment, but much of what you stated is not true or inaccurate. First, tiny homes were never a magic solution that would make everything the same price and work for everyone. People and the situations they can be in are just too diverse for that to ever be a true solution for everyone. So cost always depended on the details, situation, and how it was done!

        You can look at Tumbleweed Tiny Homes, one of the 1st commercial builders that Jay Shafer famously helped found in 2000, and find they were producing homes, even 200 Sq Ft, that were over $50,000 to disprove the idea that this is somehow new or a fad…

        Many people just DIY’ed, kept it very small and very minimal, and used methods like reclaiming materials to keep the costs really low before they really had commercial builders as an option. Problem is it’s just the reality that not everyone can DIY, or will be in a situation where that option is what would work best for them. While also not everyone will have the same needs or will be able to achieve the most efficiency at always the same costs.

        So a lot of the cost differences is because that’s the reality of the diversity of people and the situations they can be in… You can’t just expect a family to suffice on the same home designed for one or two people or expect someone with special needs to not have anything to help them live a normal life. Among a long list of other ways people and their situations can be different for why their costs will be different…

        Nor are things like sustainability, environmentalism, wanting freedom and independence, etc. going to be all free and not have a cost… Much as it’s easy to blame on just consumerism for all our problems, but the truth is life is just complicated and we need solutions that can deal with that complexity if we expect any real change.

        We’re dealing with limited and overstretched resources, a growing population where housing growth hasn’t kept up for over a century, an economy where income hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, wasteful mismanagement of resources and misguided policies that end up making things worse, crippling and even oppressive bureaucracy that keeps getting larger and more complicated, discrimination and other factors that drive NIMBY’ism, anti-social behavior increasingly becoming the norm, etc. and those are just some of the highlights…

        However, the main problem is we’re divided. If we ever unite and work together for a common goal all these issues can be solved. There’s plenty of blame to go around but we need to focus on unlocking our creativity, ingenuity, problem solving, and empathy to common goals.

        Fact is there’s people who are making it happen, there’s still people building their own tiny homes for as little as a few thousand. Even in the present insane economy, it remains true the old saying that where there’s a will, there’s a way. We just have to stop wasting energy on the blame/making excuses game and join them to become part of the solution…

  • Amber Wildman
    March 21, 2021, 10:25 am

    Gorgeous, I love everything about it! And Raleigh is such a booming city too. They’re living my dream lol

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.