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Mini Mountain Retreat: A Tiny Cottage in Colorado’s Big Outdoors

By March 9, 2016No Comments
The board-and-batten exterior.

Live tiny in the shadow of big mountains in this $150,000 itsy-bitsy home in Manitou Springs, CO. The one-bedroom cottage offers 572 compact square feet of living space and miles and miles of outdoor living just steps away.

Built in 1913, the tiny home has been fully renovated and offers—rare for such a small house—a kitchen with full-size stove and refrigerator, a large sink, and enough counter space for most basic prep work.

Before its recent remodel, the home had served as a rental and vacation home for at least 40 years, leaving it “not up to snuff for someone buying it to live in,” says listing agent Rachel Buller. But with a new roof, new paint, and new deck, it’s in perfect condition for a single person or couple looking for Colorado outdoor living in a small footprint.

Small bedroom with a laundry chute

A cute laundry chute in the small bedroom.

Despite its tiny size, the home is not lacking in storage space. The property features a 158-square-foot basement divided into two rooms—one of which is used for storage.

And although the basement is accessible only through an exterior staircase, you don’t need to haul baskets of laundry down the stairs to reach the utility closet—the other downstairs space.

“The current owners built a cute little clothes chute from the bedroom to get dirty clothes right down to the laundry room,” says Buller.

Full-size kitchen

A full-sized kitchen.

Located just 1.5 miles from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, this little home also provides a five-star view of the famous fourteener—a mountain that tops 14,000 feet—through the bedroom window.

But that’s certainly not the only entertainment in the area. This small city west ofColorado Springs is a “walkable community,” says Buller. Whether you’re looking to walk or hike, trails are nearby. The cottage’s location in Manitou Springs Historic District is only three blocks from its downtown core and one block from the trail system.

Mountain views

A jawdropping view.

You’ve even got some outdoor space of your own: While no one could consider the backyard voluminous, there’s plenty of room to grill and entertain on the 1,664-square-foot lot—or even set up your own tiny garden. Basement storage space not enough? Build a shed out back to keep your extras in place. Just keep your eye on city regulations: The historic district has rules limiting “any material change of appearance.”

Room for outdoor entertainment

Room for your own outdoor entertainment.

When you’re this close to the wilds of nature, who needs a bigger floor plan? For an outdoor enthusiast, this tiny cottage is more than enough.



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