Tiny House for Sale in California

by Christina Nellemann on August 3rd, 2009. 53 Comments
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This house is still available for sale. See comments below for more information.

On the way back from a camping trip at Mammoth Lakes last weekend, my husband and I saw this tiny house for sale off Hwy 395 near Topaz Lake. I called the builder/owner to get some more information.

Tracy Pope is a consultant in San Diego. He built his tiny house while living in Sacramento with plans to put it on a friend’s twenty acres in Mono County. The Mono County permit process and a future move to Atlanta, GA forced him to sell the house. He originally wanted to sell it for what he put into it: $6,500, but he is now selling it for $4,000.



The house is unfinished and was subjected to 110 mile per hour winds last winter. The house sustained some damage when it was knocked off square by the wind.

“My friends thought it would tip over in the winds, but it did just fine.”

However, for someone who wants an almost completed house to work on, this would be great. It is fully insulated and has pine siding, a propane stove, refrigerator, a portable boat toilet in the small bathroom, and a 26 gallon water bag in the ceiling for the sink and the unfinished shower. The sleeping loft can fit a king sized mattress. Pope used a Mexican chiminea for heat and said it worked really well. I really liked Pope’s choice of windows, especially the windows under the eaves.

The house is built on a 20-foot trailer and is 105 square feet. It is 13-feet high with 10-foot ceilings. Pope recommends that the house be towed to its new home and kept there. It is not designed to be towed around to different campgrounds.

Pope enjoyed the process of building the house and in the future would like to build another one.

“It is self sufficient and kids love it,” he said.

If you are interested in Pope’s tiny house, contact him at his email (tracy (at) tracypope.com) or through the Tiny House Blog. The house is located about 6-7 miles south of Topaz Lake on the West side of Hwy. 395 in California.

By Christina Nellemann






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53 Responses to “Tiny House for Sale in California”

  1. Lelly says:

    I love the chiminea idea! I imagine you’d smell like campfire all the time but I’m A-ok with that. I love the smell of campfire!

  2. Louise says:

    The windows and doors look out of square. I wonder if that happened in the wind storm?

  3. cherry says:

    This is actually an excellent price; check any garden sheds / summer houses and you will find them all much more expensive than this. Also this does seem to have very good windows unlike most summer houses.

  4. Ryan says:

    It would be great if Mr. Pope could send you more photos; the shower room, kitchen counter, loft and great room. Thanks!

  5. Christina says:

    Louise. I think the damage to the windows was caused from the wind.

    Ryan: I have contacted Tracy for some more photos if he has them.


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  7. Katya C May says:

    Hi I am just wondering if he has sold this house yet? I am interested in buying it. Thanks.

  8. Judy says:

    Is this house still available?

  9. jt says:

    same question as judy, is this house still available ?

  10. Christina says:

    Judy and jt,

    I drove past the house during the 4th of July weekend, and it was still in its original place with the sale sign on it. If you call the owner, Tracy, at 916-705-5252 or email him at tracy@tracypope.com he will be able to give you more information.

  11. Emily says:

    has anyone managed to get in touch with the owner? The 916-705-5252 number isn’t working, and emails don’t seem to be answered either. (Perhaps it’s simply no longer for sale…)

    • Kent Griswold says:

      I am going to assume it is sold as no contact information is now available. I have updated the post to say “Sold” on it.

  12. Christina says:

    Thanks Kent.

    Emily, I am not able to get hold of Tracy either, by any of his numbers or his email. It looks they are all disconnected. The house was still in the same place around the 4th of July, but I can’t be sure what the status is. If you are ever in the vicinity of Topaz Lake, CA, you can check on it. I will be in that area around the end of September, so maybe I can find out who owns the land the house is sitting on…if it is still around.

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  14. Jim Long says:

    110 mph??? and still standing?? Dude, I grew up in Wyoming..no stranger to mobile homes and even some with foundations, you have to be kidding me. Seriously. Like the whole thought process…but get real.

  15. Well what a hoot! I’d actually thought about using a chiminea in our tiny house/shed, but opted for a more conventional (yet to be installed) woodstove. Not only does this look great, it is the SAME chiminea I already own…

  16. Hi,
    I love these tiny houses. I am trying to buy land in Mariposa or Madera County mountain property and would like to put a tiny house on it. What about zoning?

  17. Christina says:

    This house is still located in the same spot near Topaz Lake. I saw it last weekend. The number has changed to (202) 262-4737. I will call the owner tomorrow to find out more and will let you all know.

  18. Christina says:

    I talked to the owner and he is willing to sell it for about $1,500 since he now lives on the East Coast. He said his email is the same, but the number has changed.

  19. Elizabeth Powers says:

    I am very interested in your house, if it is still for sale. Please call me at 707.548.5487 or 707.539.5631

  20. Jillian says:

    I bought this house from Tracy, but am unable to keep it. Call me at 425-268-8383, or email jilliaun@hotmail.com if you are interested.

  21. I want to purchase this tiny house in california, please send me all the information.

  22. Alicia and Jillian. Has this house been sold again? Thanks.

    • Jillian says:

      I still have it everyone! Email or call me, please. The house is in Susansville, CA. It really needs a new home immediately.

  23. Greg Watson says:

    Hi folks – same interest; if the house is available, I have the perfect spot for it. Thanks!

  24. LB says:

    Who’s on first?

  25. Steven Du Bois says:

    Has this house been sold yet? Let me know…is the wind damage severe?

  26. Shane says:

    I’m guessing its sold? If not I am very interested. If not anyone know of anymore on trailers for sale?

  27. Jillian says:

    I sold the house everyone.

  28. maria says:

    Interested if its still available

  29. Patrick says:

    A house of that size with wood inside and out….. on an older single axle trailer, it’s no wonder he recommends that it shouldn’t be pulled from campsite to campsite. Should definitely have gone dual axle.

  30. rebecca says:

    I am currently searching for houseing with my husband… If we dont have any direction, or a home by may, and Your little tumbleweed is still available, I will be looking to buy it.

  31. Debra Mooney says:

    Would I be able to finance this home? Is this fully functional? Thank you.

  32. you can find many of these tiny homes, just type in tiny house in the search bar from google and you will find a company that maks these

  33. Melody says:

    I have to say , I just fell in love with the tiny houses! My husband and I like to vacation at the coast and in the mountains . We thought it would be nice to build a tiny house in each place for our retirement and sell the big house. Then we both get what we want.

  34. Lee Irvine says:

    Im trying to contact the topaz lake owner Pope for the tiny house for sale 831-801-5724

  35. Lee Irvine says:

    Im nreally interested in seeing yoyur house i live in in no mans land san benito county 831-385-6155

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