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Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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This tiny shotgun cottage in New Orleans has about 400 sq. ft. of space with one bedroom. When you walk inside you’re in the living area and open kitchen. Continue walking to the back to find the bedroom and bathroom.

There’s also some yard space in the back to enjoy the outdoors, BBQ, or garden. If you’re staying in New Orleans this cottage is available as a vacation rental in the area, but if you could, would you build one similar to it for yourself on your own land?

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Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

Images via Lillian/Airbnb

This shotgun cottage has a nicely updated kitchen, wall-mounted flatscreen, built-in shelving, and more…

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

Images via Lillian/Airbnb

A modernized kitchen with plenty of storage and function.

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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Natural light beaming in through the window.

Tiny Cottage in New Orleans

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The living room/entry.

Tiny Cottage in New Orleans

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This cottage is approximately 400-sq.-ft.

Tiny Cottage in New Orleans

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The kitchen and living area.

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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The spacious bedroom with arched entryway.

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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The bathroom… 🙂

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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Cozy and private backyard.

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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A shotgun cottage in New Orleans. 🙂

Tiny Shotgun Cottage in New Orleans

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  • 1 bedroom 1 bath shotgun-style cottage
  • Located in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Private backyard
  • Full kitchen and bath
  • Bookable via Lillian on Airbnb

Learn more: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/369715

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  • Matt
    July 29, 2015, 7:41 am

    That’s very nice! A basic design, but it’s decorated beautifully. It uses a lot of the colors/materials that we use in our renovations. That aside, as a louisiana resident it has always baffled me why anyone would willing go to NOLA. I guess some like the beach, some like mountains, and some like the engine stolen out of your car experience.

    • Sally
      July 29, 2015, 3:42 pm

      Matt, there’s such a mystique to NOLA, and all that history, that folks are definitely still drawn there. I lived there in the 60s and 70s when it was under a “unique” control, yet that control made sure nothing happened to the tourists. There was an exceptional crime rate, but it was usually local. Now no one is off limits. I agree its very different now, but what hasn’t changed 180 degrees? Key West is another example of a great party town, once delightfully trashy and earthy and laidback, turned into a Disneyscape of condos and lights and massive cruise ships instead of sailboats (OMG), but people still flock there in droves, basically to get drunk and act out.
      Let me add that the NOLA cottage is cute as heck. I can’t figure out if the view right there is of the warehouses, though???

      • alice h
        July 29, 2015, 4:45 pm

        When I went to NOLA it was for music, food, culture, architecture and a bit of grand spectacle. Sure was nicer there in May than the Eastern Arctic where I was living at the time.

        • Sally
          July 31, 2015, 9:04 pm

          I wish more people enjoyed the history and the culture, instead of the Irish Donkey Flambeau drinks. They don’t seem to work together well, though. I’m glad you had a good time.

    • Hunter-Grace
      July 30, 2015, 3:39 pm

      lol.hhhhhaaa hhhhaaa

    • Lisa E.
      July 30, 2016, 3:08 pm

      I was in NOLA a long time ago, but it was for Navy bootcamp. However, that didn’t keep me from the begniets and coffee at Cafe du Monde, or my roommate from the Hurricanes at O’Briens. 😀 Not being a drinker, I had the unique experience of watching the Hurricane hit in her eyes. Now I know why they call it a “Hurricane” cuz one moment she was fine, and the next moment it was storming in those eyes and she was rocked out of her sox!
      Most everyone was nice to us in town (The Quarter) but the teens running the photoshop exposed all of our film and still made us pay for the developing. We know this was intentional because there were six of us and all of us had different cameras but the same results. They thought this was hilarious.

      Love this house. It is simply but very tastefully done out. Anyone could live here quite comfortably.

      Love your comment about having the engine taken. Very funny; best laugh of the day; thank you.

  • alice h
    July 29, 2015, 9:58 am

    Hmmm. Interesting to see the layout. It’s a lot like my aunt’s old NYC railroad apartment but without the space wasting hallway. Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of modern style but this interior seems kind of blah. Functional but not very interesting. For a rental in New Orleans I would have thought there’d be a more vibrant décor. It looks like a work in progress more than a finished project and the art seems mostly undersized or oddly placed. The yard looks like a great place to hang out though.

    • Matt
      July 29, 2015, 1:12 pm

      I have seen tiny houses and all I can think is oh god why those colors/decor? Eventually I realized it was to blend things into the environment. The whole modern look is in, but something as simple as a newspaper left on a counter makes it look unkept whereas more vibrant interior makes a home simply seem lived in. Modern decor is beautiful for picture taking but unless you are on top of your cleaning it looks messy. My company did a high end bathroom that looked more sterile than a med lab. All white and brushed nickel. Came back less than a year later and it looked absolutely destroyed lol

  • Deadrock
    July 29, 2015, 11:35 am

    Hmm, pros and cons. Pros include the full (and modern!) kitchen and bath – I like cozy and quaint well enough, but I got over my rustic log cabin phase a long time ago. Love the clean, modern aesthetic these days! Also like there’s a place to put books, even though these folks don’t seem to be using the shelves for that purpose. Like the cheerful colors on the outside, too.

    Cons, for me, are the fact that you have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom (it appears), and I can’t say I’m a fan of the “breezeway” bedroom thing. It’s funny – I like the openness of a loft just fine, but this bedroom-in-a-hallway would make me feel exposed and uncomfortable. I guess the separation that height and some stairs or a ladder give the loft make all the difference, mentally.

    Also have to agree that the decor is a bit sparse and some pieces oddly placed, but that’s an individual choice and nobody asked my $0.02 about that, I suppose! Also never understood why some people (a lot, apparently) seem to prefer having their TV placed so high up on a wall that it must give one neck strain to view it for any length of time – but that might be an illusion based on the camera’s perspective. Maybe if I were there in the room I’d see it isn’t so bad.

    Then again, maybe we shouldn’t comment on the decorating choices of the people who share their tiny homes for us to see, except in those cases when it renders the viewer unable to understand or appreciate the design and layout of the home itself, which it doesn’t in this case. I suspect I just can’t help myself.

    • alice h
      July 29, 2015, 3:40 pm

      Normally the décor of a place wouldn’t rate that much comment from me, as opposed to the architectural features, but since it’s being offered for rent as tourist accommodation rather than a private residence I thought it was fair game.

      • Sally
        July 29, 2015, 3:55 pm

        Other than Matt, am I the only one here who knows what a shotgun house is? Look it up, Deadrock, that “design” has been around since your grandfather’s day. Alice, I agree with you about the bland decor. I suppose its practical for those monthly rentals, but as some of the former renters said, that kitchen area is wasted space (except for our Cahow). Restaurants abound in the area with a huge variety of menus; no one HAS to cook. The reviews rate this little place very highly, and personally I think it’s a good price for people who don’t like obnoxious hotel guests upchucking in the elevators and partying in the halls all night.

        • Deadrock
          July 29, 2015, 6:40 pm

          Yes, thank you Sally, I *was* aware of what a shotgun house is. Heck, go figure – I even know what a galley kitchen is. I’m so sorry if the ignorance you imagined I suffered from has annoyed you.

          As I mentioned, that design makes me uncomfortable and I doubt I’d ever want to live in one…at least, the tiny house version of one, that doesn’t allow for a door because there isn’t enough room.

        • Kate
          July 30, 2015, 9:02 pm

          No one has to cook? I am a vegetarian and there are some places I would not walk into for a bowl of soup or a salad. I don’t know the variety/amount of such places I could feel comfortable just walking into and ordering. It’s just less stressful for me to purchase my own stuff. I know in many places/cities, it is getting easier.

        • Charlotte Mo
          July 31, 2015, 5:09 pm

          Um, yes, Kate, that’s what it says, no one HAS to cook. Meaning you don’t have to, but you can if you want to. (Hoping Sally doesn’t mind me translating for her). If I’m out sightseeing, I don’t want to run back to a hotel to make my own lunch. I want to see and experience everything a town has to offer. If you’d rather cook your own, go for it. It’s all about personal choices. NOLA food is about as diverse as it gets. My vegan buddies have no trouble finding places where we all can have what we want. Call ahead, or just ask at the door. I’m really sorry you aren’t comfortable with experiencing that part of it. It’s a great place to visit.

        • Sharee
          September 29, 2015, 6:48 pm

          Sally, I had to go look it up. And I discovered it was the type of house that I bought in the South as my first house. I never did get past the idea of walk-thru bedrooms.

          I like the decor of this unit. It has a very homey feel.

          We stopped in New Orleans on our honeymoon many years ago and that is the way I would like to remember that area. It matches this colorful and cozy home.

      • Deadrock
        July 29, 2015, 6:40 pm

        Alice, I hadn’t even paid attention to the fact that it’s being offered on airbnb – you’re right in remarking that income property is fair game for decor critiquing!

        • Charlotte Mo
          July 30, 2015, 2:22 am

          I’ll raise my hand here, Miss Sally, yes, I revamped a shotgun house myself, only slightly bigger than this one, but Katrina took care of it. You and Matt are not alone recognizing housing styles from days gone by. Please ignore the ultrasensitive who didn’t get the joke about your age and instead decided they had been insulted. Even my cat “got it.”

        • Deadrock
          July 30, 2015, 11:55 am

          Still looking for the missing joke re: poster’s age, but I guess it continues to elude me. Can’t help thinking it was a pointed remark (and I was at the other end of the pointing), but if I missed something, I’m sorry.

  • Nancy
    July 29, 2015, 11:17 pm

    Cute place. Furnishings seem a bit odd for the place. Love the exterior colors.

    • Nancy
      July 29, 2015, 11:24 pm

      Just viewed the air bnb posting. If this were my place I would not list it for long term stays only. Could make much more profit on the place allowing shorter stays. But that’s just my opinion.
      I’d change up the furnishings, then have either a 2 night minimum stay or weekly rental, not monthly.

  • Charlotte Mo
    July 30, 2015, 2:46 am

    Isn’t it cute??? She does rent it for shorter periods of time, just depends on the time of year and whats going on locally.
    Probably booked for Mardi Gras and holidays five years in advance, but I notice she has vacancies around hurricane season. Her booking method makes sense if you have artsy type regulars who can afford a whole month to get atmosphere.
    I have rental property in S Florida and to me its not worth the constant cleaning and maintenance and bookkeeping hassles when you have people who only stay a few nights. Not to be hateful, but too much motel mentality and problems impact the next guest timewise. Seems like a place takes a beating, IMO, with big turnover, even with higher prices in a good location. Wow, is anybody else up tonight? Must be the moon.

    • Doris
      July 31, 2015, 5:32 pm

      “Prices will vary for special events and holidays.
      Will accept less then 30 days but prefer long term.”
      “From Jun 1 – Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 1 night.”

      Charlotte Mo, you are a dear for reading and sharing with others. I found the rental information covered everything, and the reviews were indeed well above average. I also agree on the week-or-month-only concept, especially after reading the AirBNB horror stories. Most time-share condo people in the 80s found out the hard way. Since you’re in the business, do they still have those, or did everyone die off?

      • Comet
        October 21, 2015, 1:59 am

        Well thanks a bunch for now making it IMPOSSIBLE for me to sleep tonight!!!! LOL!! My inlaws purchased one of those “Time Share Vacation Condo” deals–for a certain length of–eternity–and we were pretty much guilted into going for a few of those eons. They made the choice to save a few “million” and bought on the “Swing Season” plan which meant you could NEVER go any place during whatever time the place was actually habitable; and “upgrading” out of their Poconos purchase was insanely expensive IF you could find some one who would agree to “swap” with you.

        The places were always some sort of odd cross between 70’s “swinger” pads and what some anon decorator must have thought was “modern” design. IT was–neither! Weird odd shaped lamps that shattered when you tried to turn them on; kitchens with “silverware” that was flimsier than plastic; if they had ONE skillet it was made of foil; and those horrid awful Correlle dishes! I can’t even stand the feel of them.

        And–this was of course OUR family–the inlaws would get pissy if you did not lug a solid weeks worth of groceries or pre-made meals WITH you. No==you were SAVING MONEY BY STAYING IN THE CONDO. And I had to start dinner at 6 AM every freakin’ day. Because if I was not UP and WORKING–well then! Where Had their INVESTMENT GONE TO!!!!

        We got over this. Eventually we told them to just stay home and we would go on our own; and when our kids came we took them and made the inlaws pay for the “Upgrades”. We didn’t do this often but it was a vastly different thing to go ON OUR OWN and not have to cook for a horde on your VACATION; and not have to be champing at the bit to GO SEE DO while the in laws —sat. They were retired for pete’s sake. They could sit from then til Kingdom Come. But–no. They LIKED sitting in a borrowed living room!

        Eventually they got the message that we were not going to spend EVERY vacation in these Pocono cabins and then they tried to SELL this VALUABLE PROPERTY. For which there were–zero takers. They were stuck with the insane maintenance charges. They would have been better off just buying a small cabin or just GOING ON VACATION wherever they WANTED to go. PS==they lived only about 45 minutes from those Pocono Mountains!

        So=–=now I think most of these buildings have been re-sold as just plain condos. And the owners–those that did not go broke on this Ponzi scheme—are surely sitting on the beach sipping something soothing with an umbrella stuck next to the pineapple slice. Staying in some one’s actual hotel.

  • Emily c.
    July 30, 2015, 3:25 pm

    Yes, I know what a shotgun house is. I actually live in one in California. My house is 20 wide and 50 long with the entrance and back door aligned so you can shoot a shotgun through the house. I visited NOLA the year before Katrina and fell in love with the city. I among other sites I toured the Garden District and the French Quarters and just loved all the architecture. Seeing all the beautiful little Shotgun style houses made me really appreciate my own little house so much I painted it inside and out in New Orleans style. This little house in perfect for me if I were to go even smaller. No stairs or ladders for me to climb.

    • Sally
      July 31, 2015, 9:22 pm

      Your cottage sounds lovely, and well-appreciated. It was very hard to go back for a visit after Katrina. But the city has been through so much through the centuries and survived. Despite all the horrible publicity about the absolute worst of Katrina, it’s still like no other place.

  • Pam
    July 30, 2015, 4:30 pm

    What did this cost to build?

    • Doris
      July 31, 2015, 5:17 pm

      $237.82 in 1922 ????

  • Ruckus
    July 30, 2015, 9:36 pm

    love this little house. It would be perfect if you added some pitch to the roof and created a loft.

    • Charlotte
      August 1, 2015, 7:34 pm

      Last time I lived there, it still took an Act of God to do anything to a house in a historic district. It stalled out a lot of the recovery efforts after Katrina. Nobody could agree on what to do. Politicians trash history for progress all over the city, but people can’t alter the exterior on a residential house without a hassle. Sort of the Tiny House general problem: politics and permits. It’s not in the French Quarter, but from the interior lay-out issues, I’m guessing the owner doesn’t have alteration options.

  • Linda H
    July 30, 2015, 9:55 pm

    Seems like the reasonable thing to do, design wise, would be to put the bathroom BEFORE the bedroom, with a pocket door from the bathroom to the bedroom, and from the kitchen /great room to the bathroom. I KNOW that cuts down on wallspace in the bathroom, but I would rather have just a shower, or compact the bathroom some, than the way it is designed now. THEN, no walking THROUGH the bathroom to the bedroom and more usable space in the bedroom….not a “hallway” bedroom. What do you all think?

    • Patty
      July 31, 2015, 4:13 am

      I’d rather have bedroom first then bathroom, so as not to get stuck in the bedroom when someone is in bathroom. Lol! I am remembering staying in that kind of house when people walked through my bedroom to bathroom. Must have been a place my Grandmother lived.

  • Valerie
    September 29, 2015, 1:19 pm


  • Brian
    September 29, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Oh, this is so cute and so very liveable. Nicely decorated as well.
    Thanks for sharing and cheers from Australia

  • October 1, 2015, 2:40 am

    If I made decisions for NOLA zoning it would be this. Only THOWs. that way every resident would have the security of being able to pull out, everytime a storm hits the gulf. Quality, safety and security. A lot cheaper to build over re-building a full size house!

  • Barbara
    October 20, 2015, 5:54 pm

    This is so charming! I am a serious cook, so the kitchen is too small for me, but easily changed if one needs more. I could be very comfortable in a similar one! That said, when near NOLA, I will always stop by for a large stash of fresh pralines and have a beignet or two! I’ll admit I’m not a fan of creole cooking, but my sweet tooth loves N’Awlins! If there’s a good blues joint nearby, I’d love that, too, but I’d serve it with my specialty Mexican cuisine and Margaritas on that cute patio!

    July 30, 2016, 2:12 pm

    I have read a few books on shot gun style houses from the New Orleans area some many years ago, I even remember an episode by Bob Villa on PBS back in the early 90’s where he had refurbished a shotgun style home… But they had all looked a lot different than this home.. The houses I have seen had these long step through windows that worked like pocket doors but went up into the window casings.. And that is only one difference, here I see many, although it still is a shotgun house, which only means that the house had rooms back to back without a corridor and door ways from room to room, from front to back… Not much difference here just lost a lot of the old styling that a lot of old shotgun homes had from the past….

  • Betty
    July 30, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Wow! Unassuming inside, stunning inside. I give this one two thumbs up.

  • Dominick Bundy
    August 30, 2017, 9:21 pm

    Beautifully done iInoticed a standard size cook stove with oven, and a dishwasher. but no refrigerator!! What gives?

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 30, 2017, 10:37 pm

    Absolutely lovely. I love the shotgun houses, so practical.

  • Louisiana Nomad Lawyer
    August 31, 2017, 12:08 pm

    I “live” in New Orleans… I want to by this house! Love it.

  • Louisiana Nomad Lawyer
    August 31, 2017, 12:18 pm

    I “live” in NOLA about half the time in my RV. I want to buy this house! I love it.

    Also, on the comments about why would anyone want to go to NOLA? WTF? NOLA is a world-class, world-renowned city for its culture, history, music, food, architecture etc. One of the most internationally desired tourist destinations in America. It’s the most unique city in the world. There is NO PLACE like it. Sure, there is a crime problem but name me one big city where there isn’t? I have met many of the most amazing, sweet, kind and genuinely good people there as well. I have never lived in a place where you can literally walk into a bar not knowing anyone there and by the end of the night, you’re hanging in a group of about 10 people, bar hopping and going back to someone’s house for a red beans and rice party at 2AM, like you’ve been best friends for 10 years. It is a truly magical place. The positives FAR outweight the negatives of life in NOLA. It floors me when I hear people say they would never go to NOLA because of “X.” Yeah, it’s only one of the greatest cities in the world… why would you ever want to go there?! haha

  • Wiz Zard
    July 30, 2018, 6:34 pm

    The history of the “SHOTGUN COTTAGE” is facinating. Check out wikipedias article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun_house

    • Alex
      July 31, 2018, 11:19 am

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing Wiz Zard!

  • Linda Tracy
    November 2, 2020, 6:24 pm


  • Tracy M
    May 31, 2021, 5:36 pm

    I lived in this wonderful house for 10 months! I still miss it, because it’s perfect for one person, and great neighborhood. New Orleans is more than a party city. You can’t get New Orleans anywhere else.

    • Alex
      June 2, 2021, 2:05 pm

      Hi Tracy! That’s too cool! If you would ever want to share anything else about it we would be open to doing a post/story about your experience! I’ll send you in email about it really quick, but if anyone else is reading this who wants to share their tiny house stories/experiences, you’re invited to share that with us here: https://tinyhousetalk.com/share-your-tiny-house



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