Each is under 500 square feet, in a gorgeous coastal locale, and lovely inside and out.
If you're like us, you dream (day and night) about one day owning a little house by the sea. There's something that feels both dreamy and achievable about a pint-sized abode where you can get away from it all. Bonus? Thanks to their tiny size, you'll spend less time cleaning and doing repair work, and more time kicking back and enjoying life by the water.
Cabin Crush, The Sea Ranch, CA
$469,000; 707.888.4337 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Square Feet: 400
Nestled among a grove of redwood trees, this contemporary abode in northern California is perfect for those looking to escape. While the home stands at a modest 400 square feet, it’s tricked out in luxe finishes and features, from the wide-open layout and tall wood-clad ceilings to the cozy fireplace and window seat.
Castaway Cottage, Friendship, Maine
Square Feet: 450
Talk about peace and quiet. You'll never have to worry about car horns or unruly neighbors in this 450-square-foot getaway, in part because the little cottage is perched on its own tiny island in the middle of Muscongus Bay. Inside, the rustic home is swathed in white paint and feels like a captain’s quarters, with weathered wood floors and shiplap walls. (Despite its undeniable coziness, we suspect summers would be spent outside admiring the sunsets and wildlife.)
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Tropical Vibes, San Diego, CA
Square Feet: 431
As impressive as this 431-square-foot bungalow is inside (hardwood flooring, upgraded kitchen, loads of natural light), you’ll be hard-pressed to pull anyone away from its tropical oasis-inspired backyard. The alfresco hangout is party-ready with raised Ipe decking, a wraparound fence, and tons of tropical foliage. Though not beachfront, this little gem is on a quiet cul-de-sac and is a short drive from the water. We’ll tiki it!
Historic Hideaway, Plymouth, MA
Square Feet: 402
Set on the coveted Saquish Head peninsula, this adorable 402-square-foot shingled cottage boasts gorgeous views of both the ocean (just a stone’s throw away) and Duxbury Bay. Though the home (built in 1930) doesn't date back to when the Pilgrims first settled in this historic town, it’s loaded with charm, from its vertical, white-painted shiplap walls to the beamed, cathedral ceilings overhead.
Rustic Retreat, Bellingham, WA
Square Feet: 396
Flanked by water on two sides with views of the San Juan Islands in the distance, this 396-square-foot cabin comes on a sizeable plot of untouched greenery on Eliza Island in Bellingham Bay. The modestly outfitted home features a kitchenette, wood floors and ceilings, and a wraparound covered porch that begs for rocking chairs and hot chocolate on a chilly evening.