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Tiny Bungalow in Austin, TX

This is a 492 sq. ft. tiny bungalow on a 7,300 sq. ft. lot in Austin, TX. It is listed for sale on Estately for $215,000 $200,000. What do you think?

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492 Sq. Ft. Bungalow in Austin, TX For Sale!

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Photos via Estately

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Tiny Bungalow in Austin TX

Photos via Estately


  • 492 sq. ft.
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Renovated bathroom
  • 7,318 sq. ft. lot
  • East Austin, TX
  • Tankless water heater
  • Listed at $200,000 (as of 12/27/17)


In 2013, owner added tankless hot water heater, windows, insulation, renovated the bathroom, tile & hardwood flooring, central air, foundation repair, & skirting.1


  1. https://www.estately.com/listings/info/3706-commerce-st–1

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  • Avatar Beth Grant DeRoos December 27, 2017, 12:43 pm

    Love the consistency of the wood floors throughout the home.

  • Avatar Annette December 27, 2017, 1:13 pm

    Hmmm. While being well below the median house price in Austin this is a good illustration of why THOWs took hold in the first place: $200K is still a big mortgage relative to the size and condition of this property. Obv. the main factor is location and I have no idea about this city or neighborhood. Yet it’s hard not to wonder how much the appeal of THOWs in general may have unduly enhanced sales prices of small houses on foundations like this one; however, the idea of tiny homes is not just about living in a physically small space, but eliminating slavery to debt. A tiny house without acreage that costs hundreds of thousands contradicts the goal.

    • Avatar Alex December 27, 2017, 2:08 pm

      Great point. We can also talk about how something similar to this can be built on your own land somewhere else where land is more affordable. Maybe in a small town somewhere. I wonder!

      It would be interesting if we could collectively build a list of really nice small towns where land is affordable and you can build tiny or small. What do you guys think?

      • Avatar Bill Burgess December 27, 2017, 3:53 pm

        I am thinking southern Italy or maybe Chile is the only nice places….

      • Avatar Annette December 27, 2017, 4:51 pm

        Were this house to be planted nearly anywhere within my city limits (Denver) its price today would likely be approximately double the current asking and renting it at current rates would more than pay that mortgage. Imagine were it a cottage in $an Franci$co?

        People need and want to live centrally to jobs, schools, inspiration, and public transportation. Add in the speculative value of real estate in central hubs, and “affordability” becomes an algorithm relative to mortgage interest rates vs. percentage appreciation year by year.

        Quality of life in cities is good to great depending on access to museums, libraries, theater, musical events, universities, cafés, restaurants etc., in cities where access to open spaces is also available — vs. crime.

        The equalizer: easy, cheap and unmitigated (i.e. net-neutrality) Internet/media access will change the face of this nation.

    • Avatar Adina Hirschmann December 27, 2017, 6:49 pm

      This is NOT a THOW. A THOW is a tiny house, built on a trailer base, no bigger than 8′ across and made to be towed. This is a regular, foundation-and-stick-built home meant for permanent living in a neighborhood. As for the bathroom, the photo was taken with the door open into a bedroom. It looks like a good starter home for a family, with the possibility of upgrading as they go along. BTW, in my town in Bergen County, New Jersey, this house would probably go for double. Plus taxes and insurance…

      • Avatar annette December 27, 2017, 7:18 pm

        Your point?

      • Avatar James D. December 27, 2017, 10:52 pm

        Um, I get the impression you may think Tiny Houses have to be on wheels in order to be considered Tiny House?

        If that’s the case, then no… Tiny Houses can be placed on anything whether it be a traditional foundation, on skids, on a floating platform, on an above ground platform, on the side of a mountain, in a tree, underground or embedded into the ground, or on wheels or just a permanent chassis.

        Irregardless of being stationary or mobile, the only defining characteristic of Tiny Houses is their size range and that they are built like, not just in appearance, and serve the same purpose of being a house/home.

      • Avatar tami devine December 28, 2017, 5:01 pm

        No one is saying that this is a THOW — I love that this site showcases the whole spectrum of “tiny/ small houses” for people to be able to envision where they see themselves. Yes, it’s 200k and not on wheels, but this is nevertheless a useful home to learn about! Thank you Alex!

        • Avatar Alex December 29, 2017, 4:31 pm

          Right! And as I always like to say, it’s free to look, right? Thanks Tami!

  • Avatar Gordon December 27, 2017, 4:07 pm

    Does it appear that there is not a door to the bathroom? Yea that’s going to kill the sale right there.

    • Avatar dana December 27, 2017, 4:28 pm

      4th from last photo (last interior photo) shows the bathroom to have 2 doors (between bedrooms, i believe). the one door swings full open to lie flat against a bedroom wall (180 vs 90 deg swing we normally see).

      my kill fact is the price >$400 per square foot, immediately adjacent to a big metal industrial building.

      • Avatar Gordon December 27, 2017, 4:46 pm

        But really there is nothing enclosing the bath, not great privacy.
        I would think you could get this for a steal as it is not going to sell for $200K, especially with the trees that need removing and other items that make this a bit awkward.

        • Avatar James D. December 27, 2017, 11:31 pm

          Why would you remove the trees? This is in Texas! The trees serve a purpose!

          While as already pointed out the bathroom does have doors and the window is covered by the tree and the house is on pier and beam, so the window is also about ten feet off the ground… The bath also has a curtain rod…

  • Avatar Patricia Bigbie December 27, 2017, 7:31 pm

    I live in Kyle, TX – just a few miles from Austin, TX. If you want to live in town there, $200 grand is a steal. The amount of Tech jobs are there and salaries are high for a lot of people.
    If you want to live in the out skirts of town, or a small town nearby it is much more affordable.

  • Avatar TexasLaura December 28, 2017, 2:21 pm

    Austin taxes will make it uncomfortable living. Also there has been movement out of East Austin probably due to those very taxes. More affordable options elsewhere.

  • Avatar Tom Osterdock December 31, 2017, 5:21 pm

    For that price this is OK but not even on the nice level. 200,000? I would expect at a min 1600 sqft on a quarter acre. I live in California and this price for this place is rediculous.

  • Avatar Linny January 2, 2018, 12:08 pm

    First, this house is adorable.

    I live in south downtown Austin. We bought our house in 1999 for $135k at about 1860 sq. ft. We bought just before the market went haywire. $200k is the going rate for smallish houses in Austin. But folks are right, this is too much $ for the size. However, place this house outside of Austin, an the price goes down considerably.

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