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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:

$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
$3,150,000
For Sale
5
Beds
4
Baths
3,900
Sq Ft
6601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,598,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1,815
Sq Ft
5477 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,878,800
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
4,589
Sq Ft
121 Geneva
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,799,900
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
3,448
Sq Ft
219 Prospect Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,750,000
For Sale
7
Beds
5
Baths
4,027
Sq Ft
139 Lindero Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,699,000
For Sale
5
Beds
3
Baths
3,318
Sq Ft
1131 Ramillo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,550,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,465
Sq Ft
5728 Campo Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,395,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,224
Sq Ft
180 Savona Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,295,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
2,805
Sq Ft
6380 E Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,295,000
For Sale
5
Beds
5
Baths
3,777
Sq Ft
6455 Bixby Terrace Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,275,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,040
Sq Ft
147 Quincy Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,059,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,686
Sq Ft
6243 Majorca Circle
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,030,000
For Sale
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,450
Sq Ft
5324 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$989,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,844
Sq Ft
5416 E Oleta Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$869,900
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
2,246
Sq Ft
5345 E Greenmeadow Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
Single Family Residence - Active
$865,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,534
Sq Ft
6240 E Vista Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$838,000
For Sale
6
Beds
5
Baths
2,742
Sq Ft
5040 Allington Street
Lakewood, CA 90712
Single Family Residence - Active
$789,000
For Sale
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,794
Sq Ft
1390 Hackett Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$785,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
2,334
Sq Ft
1437 Armando Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Single Family Residence - Active

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