Courtesy of Kim Newby

Each is under 500 square feet, in a gorgeous coastal locale, and lovely inside and out.

By Marisa Spyker

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.

Paul Kozal
Paul Kozal 

Cabin Crush, The Sea Ranch, CA

$469,000; 707.888.4337 or info@thecoastalrealestatecompany.com
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.

Courtesy of Kim Newby
Courtesy of Kim Newby

Castaway Cottage, Friendship, Maine

$400,000; lashrealtygroup.com
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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Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
Courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Tropical Vibes, San Diego, CA

$479,995; sothebysrealty.com
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!

Courtesy of Waterfront Realty Group
Courtesy of Waterfront Realty Group 

Historic Hideaway, Plymouth, MA

$349,900; waterfrontrealtyma.com
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.

Sheila Say Photography
Sheila Say Photography

Rustic Retreat, Bellingham, WA

$225,000; windermere.com
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.