For some, the dream is a picket fence and 2.5 kids. For others, it’s a sprawling mansion on a private island. And for an increasingly less rare breed, the dream comes in a miniscule-but-mighty package. Tiny houses are officially a trend.
These itty bitty homes don’t exist just to populate Pinterest boards. They’re part of a growing movement that promotes freedom, minimalism, and sustainable living. Many are built on wheels, allowing you to move wherever and whenever your roving heart desires. Owners find tiny house living encourages a more modest but fuller lifestyle, one in which they feel more connected to nature and unfettered from the pressures of society. A tiny home means less clutter, less wastefulness, fewer expenses (included the dreaded mortgage), and no compulsion to keep up with the Joneses.
Don’t dismiss these for the human equivalent of a doll house. Tiny homes are shockingly well-equipped despite their diminutive size. Designers have discovered innovative ways to ensure tiny house dwellers have everything they need, so while space may be compromised, style and substance are not.
Micro home mania is currently sweeping the globe. More and more people are opting to downsize, and designers are turning out a steady stream of sleek abodes to meet demand. We’ve collected some of the coolest, most tricked-out tiny houses on the market in the gallery above. You might be surprised by how tempted you are to unload your belongings on eBay and head to the woods for simpler, smaller life.