10 Tiny Houses You Can Rent (or Even Buy!)
The popular tiny house movement doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Some people are drawn to it because of its minimalist, eco-friendly benefits, while others love small homes because of their architectural charms. For all these reasons, tiny homes have taken over the design world, with many companies offering up these abodes for purchase. These new small houses aren’t shabby either—most come equipped with all the amenities of a larger, home: electricity, plumbing, fully-equipped kitchens, cozy bedrooms, and much more. The residents of these homes won’t miss any creature comforts—and some can even house a family of four.
If you don’t think you and your family could survive in a tiny house for long, why not try it out on your next vacation? From Airbnb to boutique vacation rental vendors, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in destinations around the world. Think outside the box when booking your next trip—it might take some getting used to at first, but it’s bound to be an interesting and unique experience. For most of these rentals, you’ll find the same essentials that you’d find in a hotel or vacation rental: toiletries, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a comfortable bed.
So whether you’re looking for your next home, or just want to try it out for a night or two, we’ve rounded up the best tiny houses to rent or buy around the United States. Get ready for a simple, uncluttered lifestyle—it might just be a truly relaxing experience for you and your family.
Ski Cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Ski bums love to travel to Jackson Hole to take advantage of the many trails. This cozy ski cabin is located at Fireside Resort, a luxury camping resort, and close to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Teton National Park, and the town square. Choose from the “Wedge” cabin that sleeps up to four people, or the “Caboose” which can accommodate six. Each cabin has a full kitchen, picnic table, deck, fire pit, and flat-screen televisions. There’s also a hot tub for relaxing after hitting the slopes. Plus, it’s not just for the winter months: you can enjoy the rental during spring and summer, too.
To rent: $305 per night, homeaway.com.
Getaway Cabins in Boston and New York City
A new startup is letting visitors experience the tiny house lifestyle in secluded areas outside of Boston and New York City. Student architects that work for the company design the cabins, but the coolest part about Getaway is the thrill of surprise: guests won’t know the exact location of their cabin until 24-48 hours before their arrival time. The only guarantee is that the cabin is located no more than a two-hour drive outside of each city (without traffic). Each tiny house comes with a queen bed, kitchenette, electric toilet, and heater—and you have the ability to purchase firewood, charcoal, and food onsite.
To rent: Pricing at getaway.house.
Beachfront Getaway in Olympia, Washington
Take a trip to the Pacific Northwest and stay in this charming tiny cottage on wheels. The house is located near the beach with views of Puget Sound and minutes away from downtown Olympia. It’s the best of both worlds—enjoy nature, while being able to grab a coffee at the local café. Inside there’s a kitchen, mini gas fireplace, loft bed, shower, and composting toilet. Outside, guests can sit by the fire pit and enjoy a glass of wine. Plus, for those who have questions about tiny homes, the host offers 1-hour consultations in case you’re thinking of purchasing your own.
To rent: $105, airbnb.com.
Order your own cabin on wheels from Wheelhaus. The cabins are far from a trailer home—each one is a modern architectural (and sustainable!) marvel—and the company estimates that it will take about three to four months to ship each cabin (not including set up). Customers can choose from various designs: from compact one-bedroom cabins to homes equipped with two stories or a roof deck. When you put down a deposit, the team will draft plans for your tiny house and discuss setup and installation. Along with basic amenities like a toilet and shower, kitchen appliances, and utilities, you can personalize your cabin with add-ons like a gas or electric fireplace, washer and dryer, and a rear deck.
To buy: starts at $58,000, wheelhaus.com.
Tiny Guest House in Nashville, Tennessee
This charming guest house—which has been featured on FYI, Discovery Channel, and local TV news—is located two miles from downtown Nashville. The interior is completely charming, with tons of light, cheerful décor accents, and hardwood floors. There are plenty of comfortable amenities like a small kitchen with new appliances, two queen-sized loft beds, and a full bathroom. You can fit up to four people comfortably in this house on wheels. Plus, if you’re worried about disconnecting, there’s also Wi-Fi and a flat-screen television in the house. During warm Nashville evenings, guests can enjoy the fire pit and garden seating as well.
To rent: $119 per night, airbnb.com.
These tiny RV models have plenty of rustic charm. Since they’re RVs, they’re designed to be completely portable, plus, they can be treated like normal RVs—they have the same water and electrical hookups. The best part of about these homes is that they’re completely customizable, from the roof to the interior appliances and built-ins. Choose from four different models in various sizes and configurations—each one comes equipped with a small kitchen and bathroom. When you order, you can customize the exterior’s siding and trim (there’s even an option to paint it), plus, specifying the colors of the windows, front door, and roof. Inside, you can also tailor the walls, flooring, lighting, storage, and more.
To buy: Starts at $61,000, tumbleweedhouses.com.
Loft Studio in Austin, Texas
When you look at this small studio with bright pink trim, you know the interior is going to be eclectic and unique, just like the city where it’s located. The backyard studio has a private entrance, deck, and can accommodate up to two people. Inside there’s a loft bedroom, small kitchen and bathroom, and a cozy dining/living area. It’s all accompanied with colorful accents and patterns, making it a cheerful place to stay for a few days. Guests can also take advantage of the deck seating and backyard fire pit during their stay. Amenities include Wi-Fi, heating, and air conditioning for a comfortable vacation.
To rent: $100 per night, airbnb.com.
At just 160-square-feet, the made-to-order Vista model has impeccable craftsmanship with light wood floors, walls, and built-ins, plus plenty of windows to let in natural light. The home comes equipped with LED lighting, standard RV electric and water hookups, modern appliances and bathroom fixtures, and a comfortable sleeping space. Escape Homes also offers larger homes—there’s even a two-bedroom model. Once you order, it can be built in about 60-90 days. And if you’re worried that these tiny homes won’t be able to withstand certain climates, they are made and were first used in Wisconsin, where temperatures can go below freezing in the winter.
To buy: Starts at $46,600, escapehomes.us.
Modern Tiny House in Gretna, Nebraska
In America’s heartland, you’ll find this tiny modern house that’s a unique architectural find. This getaway is located in west Omaha and is situated in a peaceful, wooded area. The rental can accommodate up to three people and features a sleeping loft with a queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, small kitchenette, electric heat, a shower, and composting toilet. There are some great details inside the house like light wood walls and floors and modern furniture. Just make sure to book it in the warmer months, the water in the house comes from a hose and if it freezes during the cold season, the owners close up the house for winter.
To rent: $75 per night, airbnb.com.
A-Frame Cabin in Gasquet, California
There’s nothing like a charming and classic A-frame house—it’s got that retro ‘60s/’70s design style. Pair it with a tiny house and you’ve got an architectural dream. This northern California house is situated in a remote area, so you’ll really be able to unplug and unwind. Inside, there’s a comfy bed that sleeps two. It’s located on a 160-acre property with other cabins, chickens, goats, streams, and other nature and wildlife. Disclaimer: only people who aren’t afraid of “roughing it” should stay here. There’s no electricity in the cabin, composting toilets, limited cell service, and no Wi-Fi. Guests are allowed use of the shared outdoor kitchen, bathhouse (where there’s a shower and indoor toilet), and garden and forest areas.
To rent: $68 per night, airbnb.com.