November 6, 2022
Bay Area Real Estate
If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn’t need to feel like a sacrifice, it’s the Sonoma County in the Bay Area. This county is the hotbed of the small house movement with an annual exhibit at the several small-house companies and at least 100 tiny dwellings. The movement seems to be gaining popularity throughout the Bay Area as well since the idea of living more efficiently in less space comes with many financial benefits. If you’ve been keeping up with the Bay Area’s real estate market trends over the past few years, you’ll understand why there’s a need for cheaper housing options. Home values as well as average rent rates are at an all-time high which positively correlates with the higher cost of living Bay Area residents are experiencing. If you’re looking for a single bedroom home for around $20K – $30K, you’ve come to the right place. Some other benefits that ‘small houses’ offer also ties into several contemporary obsessions such as green living, the maker ethos and urban homesteading. So for those of you who think that bigger is always better, we’re here to show you the many perks that come along with living in a tiny, simplistic home. You might also think about making a tiny investment because these seven miniature homes in the Bay Area are currently on the market.
Description: This adorable little red house, known as the Tomato, is as simple as it comes. Since there’s no kitchen or bathroom, it can really only be used as a guest or spare bedroom. The good thing is that the walls are insulated so it heats well with an electric radiator. It also has a non-toxic earthen plaster finish over the traditional framing and plywood, making it somewhat eco-friendly. We like the idea of waking up in a bunk underneath the thatched roof every morning since it almost resembles a tree house feel. If the great room can fit a piano, it must have enough space to accommodate your needs. The price tag on this one bedroom home is also quite appealing and leaves some funds for remodeling.
Description: What makes this home so astonishing is the fact that it’s the product of a year-long design and construction youth program called Studio H, an academic class at REALM Charter High School led by a team of architects and builders. The Studio H team considered climate, site position, adjacent aesthetic contexts, circulation and use by the client, maximization of space, and many other factors to design a home that would be comfortable and customizable. The tiny home would make a great writer’s hut, towable shelter for camping, or permanent fixture in the back yard. It has been well-crafted and well-engineered using standard stud-framing construction, roofing, windows, doors, and interior build-out. What we love most about it is the sleek, contemporary exterior look. The use of different colored wood gives it an edgy feel and ties in well with the slanted slat Gray ASC roof.
Description: Whoever knew it possible to have high ceilings in a tiny house? This tiny and colorful home in Sebastopol appears to do it, with a peaked roof and redwood-beamed ceilings. The colors used on the house is definitely eye-catching with a mixture of vibrant reds, oranges and browns. The only downfall is that the house is currently just a shell with finished walls, a front porch, siding and roofing. This leaves some extra projects for the new owner since the kitchen, bathroom, electric, and plumbing all need to be finished. Best part about the home is that the insulation is recycled Denim and the walls are painted with Mythic Brand non-toxic paint. The seller wanted to incorporate some eco-friendly elements so the materials used to build the house are ecological and non-toxic, making it a safe haven for people who have environmental sensitivities.
For more information about cheap yet beautifully crafted miniature homes in the Bay Area, contact your Eichler Real Estate & Sunnyvale Real Estate Experts today.
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