Think a tiny house has to come with a massive price tag? Think again.
Folks from all walks of life are downsizing into small homes so that they can escape the rat race and start living their lives instead of paying mortgage interest, but it isn’t easy if you fell victim to the predatory sub-prime lending scheme, you have poor credit, or you’re young and have no credit at all. Fortunately, there are many tiny houses to be found for an affordable price. Check out these ten lovely homes you can buy for $15,000 or less – if you want to contact the seller, just click on the name of the house.
10. The Grey Gable
Square Footage: 140
Location: Whitehall, Michigan
Conventional construction is a popular option for most tiny houses, and this well-made shell is ready for a little insulation and interior sheathing of your choice. Some basic construction skills, or a day or two of contracted labor, will have this little gem finished for you. All you’ll need from there is a composting toilet, a propane burner, and maybe an extension cord for your appliances.
9. The Lakeview
Square Footage: 228
Location: Lake Luzerne, New York
Designed with all the features you would expect of a modern home, along with a rooftop balcony, this whimsical tiny house could be ideal for a young person or a couple looking for their first home. It’s already wired for electricity, has a partial bathroom, and it’s made for year-round living in the wintry north.
Square Footage: 425
Location: Rollinsville, Colorado
For thousands of years, the nomadic peoples of northern and central Asia have been living in homes likes this, and comfortably too. You’ll have to disassemble the home and move it to your favorite piece of land, but the process is fairly quick and easy once you know how it’s done. With a sleeping loft, wood stove and a spacious circular platform for your living area, you’ll be relaxing in style.
Square Footage: 104
Location: Lake Worth, Florida
This manufactured 16’ trailer has been newly retrofitted for you. It has a working air conditioner and furnace, a tow hitch for a bicycle rack, and a complete kitchen. It’s even been retrofitted with little improvements by the prior owner, such as hot and cold running water that can be accessed from the outside, extension cords, extra lights and much more.
Square Footage: 300
Location: Decatur, Arkansas
Mostly finished, this house shell is ready for you to take over and make your own. If you don’t have any construction experience, I recommend hiring a contractor for a few days to finish out the bathroom. Otherwise, the electrics and plumbing are finished, so the home is mostly ready to move in – the purchase price includes an air conditioner, refrigerator and space heater.
Square Footage: 96
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Built by the current owners to use as an office space during the day and a place for social gatherings at night, this little structure could be a dream come true for a tiny house hopeful with a little ingenuity. It’s wired for electricity and comes with all the plumbing you need to outfit it with a bathroom. The house will have to be moved to the new location of your choice, of course.
Square Footage: 50
Location: Ames, Iowa
Equipped with a television, microwave, porta-potty, antique water cooler, and much more, this mostly wooden micro house is a great option for a first-time home owner. It’s built on skids, so you can easily have it delivered to your favorite hunting spot in the woods, or anywhere else your homesteading dreams take you.
Square Footage: 50
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Intended to be brought along with you in the flatbed of a truck or on the deck of a boat, this experimental design includes you would want in a micro-sized utility trailer. In total, it weighs 1600 pounds. The seller is willing to finish out the interior to your specifications for a nominal fee.
If you’re interested in seeing the builder’s work, check out this article about his Tiny House on Wheels, called Snails Away.
Square Footage: 90
Location: Defiance, Ohio
Made of classic wood and steel, this unconventional portable home is perfect for the modern wanderer who is happier living on the open road than between four walls behind a desk. Take it out to Slab City for a taste of freedom, or couch surf your way around the nation to see it all firsthand, without having to spend a fortune to do it. It may seem simple, but the little model is even listed in the RV Hall of Fame.
Square Footage: 400
Location: Tonopah, Arizona
How cool would it be to live in a converted railroad boxcar? The seller is offering an upgraded model with French doors and an oaken floor, which you can easily customize to your needs with a composting toilet, an off-grid array and a self-contained propane kitchen system. With 400 square foot of space, you’ll have plenty of room to live and work, and perhaps install a shower and lavatory. The best part about this style of home is that the bulk of the construction has already been done, and your new home will ready for all kinds of weather.