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The Tree House Flat: A Clever, Small Home With An Ocean View

I recently stayed in a charming Airbnb rental that any tiny house fan would love – in part because it’s owned by a tiny house fan! The Tree House Flat is 850 square feet with an open layout and one bedroom.

The home revolves around the beautiful ocean view from the dining area and the deck.

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The Tree House Flat: A Clever, Small Home With An Ocean View

Dining area with view

Images © Carol/Airbnb

Through the front door

Images © Carol/Airbnb

Dining and living

Images © Carol/Airbnb

Located in picturesque Oceanside, Oregon, the flat is a five minute stroll to a few restaurants and a dramatic beach.


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The flat takes it “tree house” name from the fact that it is actually the second story of a two-story home. The host lives on the first floor, also an 850 square foot space, and separated the two units to offer the luxurious top floor as a vacation rental to couples and families who want to enjoy the ocean. I wasn’t at all surprised to see Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter on the coffee table when I realized what a clever use of space was at work in the Tree House Flat. Not everyone can live in a “tiny home”, but there are opportunities all around us to use our space more wisely to save money and focus on what’s really important to us.


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The listing has dreamy (and accurate!) photos already:

Living room

Images © Carol/Airbnb

Living room and fire place

Images © Carol/Airbnb

Kitchen and entry

Images © Carol/Airbnb

Kitchen into dining

Images © Carol/Airbnb


Images © Carol/Airbnb

But the flat also has a couple cool touches that weren’t in the airbnb listing photos, including this clever use of space: adding a bar to hang clothing onto an attic ladder, which doubles as a handrail for the ladder.


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And this great scale model of a true tree house!


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Learn more by visiting the Tree House Flat listing on airbnb.com, and consider making a visit to experience a spacious open layout for a small home.

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Billy Ulmer

Writer at PAD Tiny Houses
Billy Ulmer is the author of the Life in a Tiny House Ebook, a collection of photos and in-depth interviews with people who designed and built their own tiny homes. He is a co-owner of PADTinyHouses.com.
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  • May 24, 2016, 10:10 pm

    What a beautiful place, just love the woodwork throughout your home!! Love the open concept!! Just love your kitchen with all the cabinets. Awesome views from your windows!! Love the moose on your door. It’s really cute!! Carol???

  • Saturday Sportsman
    May 26, 2016, 10:51 pm

    Gimme gimme gimme!!! Oh, how I miss the Oregon coast…

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