I moved into my first tiny home in May and haven’t looked back, though I’ve surprisingly made much progress forward in a small space. Living small has allowed me to take stock of the material possessions I actually value. By downsizing your footprint and focusing on what matters, you may, like me, find greater connection to nature and balance in life. Even if you’re not quite ready to go full trailer or tiny home (hey, maybe it’s not the year to get rid of that fifth armchair), here’s a variety of fun-sized options on sale now in the region.

Photo courtesy Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Lean and Green

This compact two-bedroom home in Kings Beach actually used to be even smaller — divided in half as a duplex — and could be converted back to that format, so it’s the perfect starting point for small living for one or two groups. As is, it’s even better: With a spacious open floor plan and sunny, modern, tiled kitchen and living space complete with center island, downsizing will be an upgrade.

Info: $400,000, 2 bed, 2 bath, 688 square feet, 8686 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

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Solitary Refinement

Ready to go for the full solo tiny home experience? There are many companies and services that build custom tiny homes and unique solutions to living small. Want an Airstream trailer converted into your perfect custom mobile home? Try Tahoe Tiny Houses and Trailers. Tinyhouselistings.com offers retailers and buyers a platform to connect. Here’s one simple tiny home for sale now in Reno but available to travel Tahoe, Truckee, the Sierra, and the world. (Find this listing on tinyhouselistings.com.)

Info: $29,730, 1 bed, 1 bath, 152 square feet, mobile, Reno, independent vendor (tinyhouselistings.com)

Photo courtesy Century 21 Tahoe North Realtors

Little House on the Lake

The best part about efficient living spaces are the unique and creative techniques for maximizing space. This cute little cottage right by Tahoe makes the most of its square footage with an added loft bedroom over the living area. A bold paint scheme and wrap-around porch shine a light on this little number. Not to mention you can easily walk to the regional park, the beach, and the boat launch.

Info: $499,000, 2 bed, 1 bath, 640 square feet, 416 Wawasee Ave., Tahoe Vista, Century 21 Tahoe North Realtors


  • Becca Loux

    Becca Loux relocated to Truckee on a mission to tell stories that are fact-checked and data-driven without sacrificing the human element. She is an avid hiker, biker, skater, surfer, boarder, kayaker, sun-worshiper, and all other important "-ers" relating to the outdoors. Becca's wolfpack recently expanded to include a teenage husky named Koda.

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