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Is A Tiny House For You?

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Years ago, when I started in real estate, homes seemed to be growing. Bigger was considered better and McMansions were sprouting up.  Many buyers still want as much house as they can afford.

Yet a growing number of people realize that tiny can be beautiful, and shrinking homes are a growing trend. More and more people are now choosing to live in tiny houses – homes that are less than 500 sq. ft., many of them even smaller than that.

“Tiny: A Story About Living Small,” a tiny house documentary was recently released on Netflix and ITunes.  It explores the trend, includes interviews with several tiny house dwellers, and follows the building of a tiny house in Colorado.

Many of the homes shown on the “Tiny” documentary are less than 200 sq. ft., which requires clever storage options – as well as less “stuff” than many of us have.  By and large, those who choose this option seem to embrace the tiny-ness of their homes, yet the state of the North American real estate market also may have something to do with the growing trend. In the US, the grueling past few years have left big homes empty and their owners underwater. People are looking for ways to save on their home ownership costs, and for some, tiny homes are the way to go.

Economically, little homes can make sense. They can cost less to maintain’ they can cost less to furnish; they typically have lower heating costs; and there are choices galore.

Mobile minis, which are on wheels, are designed to be fitted with solar panels and other green technology options.  Some companies sell do-it-yourself (DIY) plans for tiny homes, but people can also purchase pre-built homes that can be delivered straight to their plots of land. There are also workshops available to aficionados on topics ranging from DIY construction to finding small-scale furniture for your tiny home.

Some of the mini-micro homes are designed to be added to, so if the lot will accommodate it and authorities approve, your tiny house can grow. If a bigger small home isn’t in your plans, perhaps you and your house can be part of a larger community; several tiny housing blogs and newsletters discuss building communities of tiny homes.

Often, owners of tiny homes are singles or couples who are younger, on average, and may work in creative professions. However, anyone can be part of this growing trend. And it just may be a trend whose time has come.

Here are some currently available tiny homes for sale in the Long Beach area:

$6,888,000
For Sale
6
Beds
1
Baths
6,900
Sq Ft
2 60th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$6,000,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,184
Sq Ft
1849 Litchfield Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$4,500,000
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,900
Sq Ft
6302 E Bay Shore Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$4,295,000
For Sale
2
Beds
6
Baths
4,880
Sq Ft
6519 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$4,250,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,336
Sq Ft
150 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$3,999,999
For Sale
2
Beds
6
Baths
5,000
Sq Ft
6519 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$3,595,000
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,900
Sq Ft
6302 E Bay Shore Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$3,495,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
5,409
Sq Ft
2934 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$3,495,000
For Sale
5
Beds
4
Baths
4,575
Sq Ft
2401 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$3,195,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,830
Sq Ft
5625 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$3,150,000
For Sale
5
Beds
4
Baths
3,900
Sq Ft
6601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,999,999
For Sale
6
Beds
4
Baths
5,397
Sq Ft
211 Quincy Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,975,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
3,990
Sq Ft
51 58th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,850,000
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
4,705
Sq Ft
4255 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,850,000
For Sale
5
Beds
5
Baths
5,249
Sq Ft
1437 La Perla Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,795,000
For Sale
4
Beds
1
Baths
4,195
Sq Ft
1790 E Burnett
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,795,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,886
Sq Ft
5614 Naples Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,698,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,220
Sq Ft
5821 E Corso Di Napoli
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,688,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,880
Sq Ft
77 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,650,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
4,100
Sq Ft
2525 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active

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