Smaller single-family homes continue to catch the eye of home buyers across the country
Whether this peaked interest is caused by the ever-growing trend in tiny homes or its due in part to the current housing market, Americans are finding smaller spaces more attractive.
While new single-family home sizes continue to decline, the average home size for Americans is still around 2,500 square feet, which is comparable to homes in Australia (2,236-2,554 sq ft).
There are a number of countries where living in spaces below 1,000 square feet is the norm:
Belgium – 935 sq ft
Finland – 837 sq ft
Germany – 946 sq ft
Sweden – 978 sq ft
United Kingdom – 924 sq ft
See more international house sizes here.
As a leading real estate marketing and photography provider, Virtuance has photographed hundreds of thousands of homes across the United States. We are excited to share some of our favorite homes we shot, all under 1,000 sq ft:
A Southern Charmer
Sq Ft: 992
Lot Size: .06 acres
Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Not Active
A tiny southern gem sits in the Historic Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. This beautifully restored 3 bed / 2 bath home has 3 fireplaces to cozy up to in the winter and spacious front and back porches to pass time on hot summer days. The ceilings on the main floor are over 10 feet, which makes the small space feel incredibly roomy. The second-floor bonus room may surprise many homebuyers based solely on the exterior view of the home.
Remember, size can be deceiving – it’s all about how you utilize the space!
A Studio Space with Mountain Views
Sq Ft: 770
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Status: Not Active
Nestled into a rocky hillside, this 770 studio-style home offers scenic mountain views and plenty of hiking opportunities. The modern interior finishes and intricacies of the vaulted ceilings allow the space to become open and inviting while the mixed materials of the wood beams and concrete walls add an earthy/organic feel.
A Canyon Cabin
Sq Ft: 880
Lot Size: 2.37 acres
Location: Boulder, CO
This 880 sq ft cabin has a lot to offer the outdoorsy type. There’s plenty to explore on this property, which is a whopping 2.37 acres. The home is beautifully restored with reclaimed pine floors that blend well with the shiplap throughout the cottage. You may feel like you’re in the wilderness at this home, but its close proximity to downtown Boulder makes it desirable to many.
This home currently sits on the historical registry.
An Adobe Abode
Sq Ft: 550
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Could an adobe get any more adorable? This 550 sq ft home has all of the special details that make it truly Santa Fe! The remodeled condo features a corner kiva fireplace, an en-suite bedroom with a walk-in closet, beautifully tiled floors and authentic vigas throughout. A fine pied-a-terre, located within walking distance to Santa Fe Plaza and the galleries that line Canal Rd.
The private brick courtyard is a quiet oasis for soaking in a lazy Sunday afternoon.
A Tiny Home Tucked Away
Sq Ft: 394
Lot Size: .04 acres
Location: Denver, CO
Our tiniest featured home, coming in at 394 sq ft, picked up a lot of press the week it was listed online. Yes, this stand-alone carriage house may be tucked away from the main road, however, it’s location is anything but isolated. The new homeowner will be within blocks of Tennyson, a vibrant and unique shopping district in NW Denver. This quaint home features a modern kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, granite counters, luxury vinyl flooring and even a garage, which is perhaps larger than the home itself.
This listing was shared over 300 times on social media and was featured on Denver’s 9News. Although the price was considered high for many, the listing had over 20 showings on day one and received multiple offers over asking price.
How do you keep a tiny home clutter free?
You may be ready to downsize your space, but do you know how to decorate smaller homes without creating unwanted clutter? There are a number of tricks and techniques surfacing to help assist in the tiny home movement. Some decorating recommendations include utilizing your vertical space, using sliding doors or barn doors, purchasing nesting dishes and tables, and placing mirrors on walls to pull in light and create the illusion of more space.