Cute, But Pricey: America’s Most Expensive Small Homes

Whether you call them cottages or bungalows, homes with low square footage are often a reasonably-priced way for buyers to get into the real estate market, and many are happy to trade an eat-in kitchen for a substantial savings.

But when we took a deep look at Zillow’s under-1,000-square-foot listings, we found that small doesn’t always equal cheap. Like their less expensive brethren, these homes are called cozy, intimate and adorable, but thanks to original architecture, exclusive communities and — most of all — spectacular settings, they are the most expensive small homes currently on the market. Take a look:

$5.3 Million: 651 Square Feet in Carpinteria, CA (below):

This beach cottage is 100 years old, has three bedrooms and sits RIGHT on the beach. Not only that, but it comes with nearly half an acre of land and plans for a much bigger residence.

Small Carpinteria, CA is on the southern tip of Santa Barbara County, and is home to celebs like Kevin Costner.

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$2.3 Million: 629 Square Feet in Poway, CA (below):

For this home it is the land and earning potential, not beaches or high-end location ritziness, that make this small home so pricey. Nestled in the mountains 27 miles northeast of San Diego, the Chasteco Ranch sits on 8.25 acres and is home to horse training and boarding facilities. In addition, the land has earning potential as a home to summer horse camps, Girl Scout camps and City of Poway events.

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$2.4 Million: 652 Square Feet in Solana Beach, CA (below):

This two-bedroom, one-bathroom home boasts another great location — beachfront in San Diego County — and what looks like pretty substantial outdoor space. The house was remodeled recently and, in addition to the ocean views, has a gas fireplace.

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$2.3 Million: 660 Square Feet in Haleiwa, HI (below):

This “cute and cozy” cottage has two bedrooms and one bath. Like the others, it’s all about location. Who wouldn’t love having breakfast on the front porch while gazing at that sandy beach?

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$2.2 Million: 702 Square Feet in Santa Barbara, CA (below):

The third classic (if tiny) California beach cottage is a one-bedroom, one-bath home in Santa Barbara, CA. The French doors off the living room open up to a brick patio that overlooks the pristine beach, perfect for sunset entertainment.

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$2.2 Million: 704 Square Feet in Vineyard Haven, MA (below):

This Martha’s Vineyard weekend getaway two-bedroom cottage is just steps from the ocean. It is very cute but doesn’t appear to be recently remodeled which makes it perfect for someone who is looking for a clean slate to remodel in a great location.

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$1.9 Million: 608 Square Feet in Oceanside, CA (below):

Located in the beachfront community of Oceanside, CA, this petite beachfront home is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the historic Oceanside Pier. With no traffic you can get to this home from San Diego to this home in less than an hour and from Los Angeles in one and a half hours which makes it a perfect getaway for those looking for reprieve from the concrete jungle.

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$1.9 Million: 672 Square Feet in Mantoloking, NJ (below):

This small oceanfront cottage packs in three bedrooms and one and half baths leaving little room for community space inside but on the outside, it’s a totally different story. With a quarter of an acre of land and endless miles of beach bliss on South Mantoloking Beach, there is plenty of room to roam and entertain numerous guests.

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