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5 Tiny Cottages to Rent Right Now

From enchanting carriage houses to quirky cottages, these pint-size rentals couldn’t be cuter. Just be prepared: A tiny home doesn’t always have a tiny price tag.

The tiny home craze shows no sign of stopping. Americans can’t get enough of these teeny domiciles, which practically force owners to downsize and declutter their household belongings. Plus, they’re just so darn cute; a small apartment, no matter how cleverly designed, simply can’t compete with the storybook quality of an adorable cottage.

Tempted to try out the tiny home trend for yourself? Trulia has rounded up rentals from California to Massachusetts that let you try on the stylishly small way of life. Even better, each is located in a gorgeous neighborhood so the spatial sacrifice will seem minimal.

  1. 1. Serene and Small in Los Gatos

    183 Loma Alta Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030

    Cedar shingles and blue trim give this 500-square-foot Los Gatos home an enchanting quality. While the size may be modest—there’s only room for one bedroom, a small kitchen, and a bathroom—you’ll be spoiled by the scenery, as Los Gatos sits at the base of the Sierra Azul mountain range. For any techies looking to downsize, Los Gatos is also home to major tech companies like Netflix and Roku and only a short commute away from business-heavy San Jose.

  2. 2. Gorgeous Getaway in Charleston

    8 Ropemakers Lane, Charleston, SC 29401

    The tiny carriage home of your dreams awaits in the heart of Charleston. This two-story, 800-square foot brick home is beautiful enough for a postcard, right down to the wrought iron gate and lush paths leading up to the inviting front door. The interior is just as gorgeous, equipped with a breakfast bar, two fireplaces, and a bedroom big enough for a queen bed—a rarity in most tiny homes. To make the most of the space (and your historic Charleston surroundings), consider having your meals on the stone-paved patio out front.

  3. 3. Jersey Shore Gem

    $950/weekly or $3000/monthly
    1045 Atlantic Avenue Rear, Manasquan, NJ 08736

    The pristine beach isn’t the only attraction in the Jersey Shore town of Manasqua—its old-fashioned main street offers blocks of boutiques and restaurants that attract locals and out-of-towners all year long. Whether your afternoon calls for surfing or shopping, you’re never more than a short ride away from this charming one-bedroom, one-bath Manasqua cottage. It comes complete with everything from Wi-Fi to furniture, making moving in as easy as toting a suitcase of summer clothes.

  4. 4. New England Charmer

    67 Priscilla Ave., Duxbury, MA 02332

    New England beach houses run the gamut from staggering compounds worthy of a Kennedy to quaint cottages right out of a painting. This 752-square-foot Duxbury home is the latter camp, with its sea salt-faded shingles and lovely screened-in porch. Here, you’ll get four bedrooms to house friends and family, though as you can guess, the bedrooms are quite small. But no matter: life in Duxbury revolves around the beach, which is only 15 minutes away

  5. 5. Compact Charmer

    10803 Vireo Circle, Estero, FL 33928

    When your home is 432-square-feet, it’s great to have plenty of activities right outside your front door. Corkscrew Woodlands is a gated 55+ community that pretty much offers it all, from a huge clubhouse with a pool and tennis court to an 18-hole mini-golf course. Want to take in a gorgeous sunset over the Gulf coast? No problem, this one-bedroom, one-bath Estero home is in driving distance to some of Florida’s best beaches, including Estero Island, Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, and Naples. The hardest part might be narrowing down your options.

Which tiny cottage is your favorite? Could you and your family survive living in 800-square feet? Let us know in the comments.