Vintage Bungalow-style Cottage

I have been wanting to showcase more older small/tiny houses and Lindsey from Portland, Oregon wrote me about a friend of hers who is selling a Vintage Bungalow-style Cottage and I thought it fit into the style of home I was looking to share with you.

I want to thank Lindsey for getting the nice pictures to share with us and I hope this gives you some idea of what you might find in your location of an older small home that might be just what you are looking for.


This bungalow was built in 1925. It has about 500 square feet of finished space: a cozy living room with fireplace, one bedroom, an amazingly compact kitchen (with miniature vintage stove and minifridge) and a surprisingly spacious bathroom (clawfoot tub!). There’s also a mudroom by the driveway that’s perfect for kicking off your boots and parking your bike, and a partially-finished basement (about 200 square feet) that holds the gas furnace as well as washer and dryer (included).

The house is located at 7905 N. Seward Avenue, in a quiet neighborhood, on a roomy corner lot with a big beautiful fir tree and a gazebo. It’s within 5 blocks of 6 bus lines. It’s listed at $175,000 by Vintage Real Estate.

Thank you Lindsey for bringing this to my attention and sending the nice pictures that really showcase this house.

Photo Credit: Carmen O’Brien






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emmy - December 22, 2009 Reply

Love it! Anyone know where that small table in the kitchen is from? I’m looking for something of that size and shape for my 315 sq ft place.

    Greta - December 29, 2012 Reply

    I actually used an old sewing machine table and bought a nice piece of wood for on top. Very easy and I love it! So it basically only cost me $15, for the wood top.

Angi - December 22, 2009 Reply

The house is gorgeous!

@emmy – the table looks like the Ikea Bjursta dining table, 19Lx35W.

alissa - December 22, 2009 Reply

all photos other than the top/outside view are actually taken by the amazing Carmen O’Brien:

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joseph kenyon - December 22, 2009 Reply

I really like this little bungalow. especially the fact that it has a real tub. (being vintage , i would expect it to have exactly what it shows- a real ball and claw foot tub. If I could have gotten my hands on one of those I would have installed it in my own tiny house (on my website) but instead I ended up with a large (double wide) modern fiberglass tub. Lots of folks opt for showers instead in houses as small as this (and mine) but having a tub is also practical for other reasons too. Nice house! And VERY well kept- maintained.

Mrs. Money - December 22, 2009 Reply

Wow, I LOVE that house. I want it!

Carmen - December 22, 2009 Reply

This house is amazing. A cabin in the city.

Arlos - December 24, 2009 Reply

In my area, Carmel by the Sea has a long tradition of small homes under 500 sq ft that for the most part have retained their charm and original lines. Clients that own these are fierce about seeing they remain true to the original architecture in a world gone over the top with Tuscan revival, spanish neo colonial and FL Wright mega mansions by the sea and dotting the Big Sur coast.

Geri - December 24, 2009 Reply

Is no one but me gasping over the property being listed at $175 K???

Kathy - December 24, 2009 Reply

Wow! Me, too. $175K in South Central Texas will buy a lot of house or a lot of land. But I must admit that this is one terrific bungalow.

Julie - December 25, 2009 Reply

Love this! I really hope you do a lot more like this. I prefer older houses to new houses, they have so much character and history.

And yeah, $175K? OUCH. That is not a price I’m used to here in my little midwestern town!

Malia - December 26, 2009 Reply

Actually I was thinking that is a good price. But I live in Portland, so know how expensive housing is here. Great house though 🙂

Susan McReynolds - December 27, 2009 Reply

What a BEAUTIFUL home! So lovingly furnished. Right on about the price…here in Berkeley, CA it would never make it to being listed-it would be snapped up by a greedy realtor who would sell it in 4 days for double the price. I sometimes wonder where I am going to be able to retire and be anywhere near my kids and grandkids- I have a terrific house here in Berkeley, but having my whole retirement check go to the mortgage would be a drag. I think the tiny house movement is a great idea, but it is still difficult to find reasonable land prices on the West Coast. I had a professor that moved to the Texas Hill Country when he retired. He was a travel writer and said after going all around the world it was like heaven on earth there. Plus he could afford to live a decent lifestyle. We still have the hurdle of land price to deal with in this movement.

Jeannie Rodman - February 25, 2010 Reply

Here in Delaware taxes are very low, but what about Portland? I visited there some years back and loved it (Powell’s would be a huge temptation, though). If it’s cheap land you want, go to NY State — Ithaca area has lots to offer culturally (Cornell, Ithaca college, Wells College), and land is incredibly cheap. But then, there ARE those winters. If you ever visit that area, stay at a B&B in the Eco-Village.

Toto - April 4, 2011 Reply

I’d be curious to know how the professor is doing in the Texas Hill Country two years later. If the bugs–including rabid fire ants, the poisonous snakes, the cedar fever or the fundamentalists haven’t gotten to him, surely weeks (and weeks) of 100-degree-plus temperatures have or will. Yes, it’s cheap land—-for a reason. Been there, done that. lol.

Michael Inman - April 19, 2011 Reply

Do you have a floor layout for this little cottage It looks about the right size for me.

Liby - May 16, 2011 Reply

This was actually the first house I lived in when I moved to Portland. I answered a classified ad that read, “Do you want to live a dollhouse with a gazebo?” i did & I lived here for two years from 1997-1999, I think. Great memories, glad to hear the gazebo is still there.

Michael Inman - May 21, 2011 Reply

I was thinking of building a little house similar to this if I could get a floor layout…

Mary D. - September 18, 2011 Reply

That does seem like a rather steep price for something this small. It’s adorable, though and the claw foot tub is a huge bonus. I wish there were pictures of the kitchen and any yard, if there is much.

Howie - December 12, 2011 Reply

$175,000? For 500 square feet??

I hope the property comes with a lot of land, or else this is just a 2006 “housing bubble” price. The kind of pricing that crashed the market oh so nicely.

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