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I first saw this itsy bitsy cube house on The Tiny House Blog. It was so cute (and green) that I had to give it some House Crazy love.

Down-sizing is an environmentally friendly trend that has been sweeping the world in recent years, especially during times of economic hardship when it is imperative to live with less.

We reside in a crowded world; the bulk of us gobbling up more natural resources with each passing day. So the question has become:  How much space are you taking up on this earth?

Oh about 480 square feet if you live in this house….

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The modular net zero energy home has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. It is located in the city of Palo Alto, California and has been listed for sale this year for $180,000, although it was recently taken off the market in order to be available for public viewing through April 2013.

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Little cube on the block [my name, not theirs] was designed as “a model of sustainability” by New Avenue Inc. in partnership with the Department of Energy and the cities of Palo Alto and San Jose.

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Since the house is a modular design, the architectural firm will eventually sell the home and move it to wherever the new owners would like to place it. But for now, it is being used as an educational tool to inform the public about the benefits of green living and living with less.

The micro-kitchen is cute as can be:

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From the photos, this mini house feels bigger than its 480 square feet…

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Even the bathroom seems roomy…

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But I suspect much of that is the magic of a wide-angle camera lens.

Here’s the floor-plan of the house:

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It claims to have “7 rooms” but the largest of those rooms is in fact the “outdoor dining & deck”, so technically… it is still an itsy bitsy house.

But these days, less is more.

And when I say that, I mean less room is less space that needs cleaning!



Zillow listing

Tiny House Blog – Tiny house for sale in Palo Alto

New Avenue Homes website


Like tiny houses?

Then you have to check out:

Melissa’s Little Sunburst House

Itsy Bitsy Brookside Cottage

Bungalow in a Box