Curious What It’s Like To Live in a Tiny House? Here Are Nine You Can “Test Drive”

published Aug 4, 2016
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If you’ve ever wanted to test drive living in a tiny home before taking the leap, these rentals will give you a real-life taste of that little house life. Stay for just a couple nights to enjoy the charms of a well-designed small space, or rent one out for a few weeks to see how you fare once the cuteness factor wears off (I don’t believe it, but I heard this happens). A cliffside cabin, a mini ski chalet, and an adobe dome top our list of tiny homes with inspiring designs.

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Where: Tyringham, Massachusetts

Why It’s a Must-Rent: Formerly a sculptor’s summer studio, this Airbnb rental can be your own personal creative retreat for around $225 a night. Visit the lily pond, a babbling brook, or one of the stone bridges on the property whenever you need a little inspiration.

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Where: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Why It’s a Must-Rent: This HomeAway had me at “Make s’mores in your private fire pit” and “hot tub.” This little luxury cabin also happens to be five minutes from the slopes, making it the ideal location for your winter ski trip. It can all be yours starting around $305 per night.

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Where: New York or Boston

Why It’s a Must-Rent: Getaway is a startup with six rental locations outside of New York and Boston that helps city dwellers get off the grid, connect with nature, and try a tiny home on for size. Many of the properties are located near train stations, making them accessible to car-free urbanites. Prices start at $99 per night.

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Where: San Francisco

Why It’s a Must-Rent: I stayed in this tiny Airbnb in San Francisco a few years ago, and it was nothing short of magical. There’s something about the combination of a cozy home in the middle of a big city, an abundance of plants, and a private deck that just can’t be beat. Per-night prices start at $200.

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Where: Gasquet, California

Why It’s a Must-Rent: If your idea of getting away is driving five miles into a dense forest to join a sustainable, permaculture-focused, composting-toilet-using ecovillage, then you need to book this Airbnb ASAP. A stay in the hand-built cabin will only cost you about $68 per night.

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Where: Terlingua, Texas

Why It’s a Must-Rent: This tiny adobe dome is located just outside Big Bend National Park, in an area under a dark sky ordinance—meaning the star gazing here is pretty spectacular. If you can brave the desert heat, book this Airbnb spot during the summer off-season, when rates are around $78 a night.

Where: Olympia, Washington

Why It’s a Must-Rent: This little house on wheels is nestled between fruit trees, just minutes away from the Puget Sound. If you’ve always wanted to test drive a tiny home, an extended stay here, which you can book on Airbnb for around $105 a night, will give you a good sense of what it’s like. The host, Brittany, also offers 1-hour consultations if you’re considering getting your own roving Tumbleweed Tiny House.

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Where: Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Why It’s a Must-Rent: See what it’s like to live 80 feet above a mountain stream by booking this adorable cabin house on HomeAway. Grill on the back deck high up in the treetops, or read next to the wood-burning stove.

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Where: New Market, Alabama

Why It’s a Must-Rent: From the looks of this quaint Alabama Airbnb cottage, you’d expect to find it in the English countryside. The 100-year-old building was formerly a post office, a jail, a doctor’s office, and an antique shop, before being renovated into a charming rental home—complete with a jacuzzi (and plenty of history).

If you had to pick one of these to rent for a night, which would it be? Chime in below!