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Small Rustic Cabin on 40 Acres in Colorado with Mountain Views for Sale

I was excited to have an email from Victor Summers from Simple Shelter Texas about one of his latest small rustic cabins.

He calls it an eco-retreat because it sits on 40 acres off the grid in the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado.

So yes, there are amazing views of the Sangre de Cristro Mountains from the cabin.

Small Rustic Cabin on 40 Acres with Mountain Views for Sale

Victor asked me to let you know that the cabin, along with the property, is up for sale for $275,000.

But if you tell him you saw this post he’ll reduce the price to $225,000. So tell him Alex, from TinyHouseTalk.com sent you if you happen to be interested.

Small Rustic Cabin in San Luis Valley South Colorado for Sale on 40 Acres

Photos Courtesy of Victor Summers

The 650-square-foot cabin is miles away from the electrical grid and sits at about 8500′ elevation in the southern part of Colorado.

Small Rustic Cabin for Sale in Colorado

There is solar power in place for the well pump and the lights. And you can see that lots of reclaimed materials were used to build the cabin.

Small Rustic Cabin for Sale in Colorado made with Reclaimed Materials

The way it’s currently set up the home requires propane for the refrigerator and stove, so it’s not a completely off-grid solution because you’d still rely on the use of propane.

Funky and Impractical Ideas to Solve Propane Reliance

  • Get enough solar panels to power an ice maker and a cooler
  • Recycle the water from the melted ice and use it for your crops
  • Utilize a solar baking oven for cooking your meals
  • Have a wood burning cooking stove as a backup for rainy days

That was fun for me, haha. Do you have any ideas? Please share them in the comments.

Reclaimed Materials

Much of the house is clad with old wood from fences and old buildings, see below…

Reclaimed materials from fences used on this small rustic cabin

Some parts of the house are even from a chicken coop, like that wall down there.

Reclaimed wall from a chicken coop used in this small rustic cabin Recycled Timbers inside this Small Rustic Cabin - For Sale in Colorado

The timbers used on the pictures above and below are recycled from old boxcars and a hot springs water tower.

Interior of Small Rustic Cabin made from Reclaimed Materials Kitchen area in Small Rustic Cabin

Parts of the kitchen, including the cabinets, came from an old motel.

Small Rustic Cabin - Kitchen Area - Reclaimed Materials from Old Motel

The 2x6s you see below were locally milled clad. The home is equipped with a solar shower and a composting toilet.

Small rustic cabin living area

The house has passive solar in-floor heating thanks to a permaculture design.

Storage in living area of small rustic cabin

The solar well system that I told you about earlier feeds a gravity flow water system.

Small Rustic Cabin in Colorado Made with Reclaimed Wood Bedroom in Small Rustic Cabin in Colorado - For Sale - 40 acres Bedroom in Small Rustic Cabin

For more information on this small rustic cabin visit Victor Summers’ site, SimpleShelterTexas.com.

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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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  • Lil
    November 23, 2011, 7:36 pm

    OMG. This place is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • November 27, 2011, 10:32 am

      Thanks Lil, glad that you liked it!

  • corinne konrad
    September 7, 2012, 10:54 am

    lovely! i’m interested in renting/buying a place like this!

  • Kristina Von Kroug
    April 25, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Colorado is looking better and better!

  • dawn
    January 23, 2014, 11:57 am

    beautiful, well made and what a view everyday! but oh so much snow! thanks for sharing!!

  • Molly
    March 2, 2014, 1:28 pm

    I LOVE this place!! I wish I could move in tomorrow!

  • Patti
    June 1, 2014, 12:41 pm

    Great place. I have acreage in Az. and trying to find wood and recycled materials for a 400 square ft. cabin.
    I don’t know what to do about septic. It is in the rocks and can’t take even an alternative system.
    I can get a composting toilet but don’t know what to do about the liquid from toilet and kitchen sink.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks and good luck with the sale. Why are you selling?

  • Rhonda
    March 17, 2015, 1:29 pm

    Still available?

  • Bev
    April 16, 2016, 1:03 am

    HI Alex, this article is about 3yrs old now, but I gotta say it anyways 😉
    The term “off grid” refers to a property that is not cconnected to the public utility grid. Using propane for the stove instead of plugging into the natural gas utility company in the area. This home is not self reliant, like an earthship would be, but it definitely is off grid

  • ellen
    March 31, 2017, 10:35 am

    Looking for free small house plans

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