Is a Small Santa Cruz Home Right for You?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

With the struggling economy and the move toward living greener, small houses are becoming more popular.  You may have heard about the Small House Movement and wondered if living in a small Santa Cruz home is right for you. 

To help you decide, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about small houses:

How tiny is a small house?

What is typically referred to as a small house varies widely in size from about 650 square feet down to the extremely miniscule house of about 120 square feet. However, any home with fewer square feet than you’re living in now can be considered a small house.  If you’re currently living in 3,000 square feet and you move to a Santa Cruz home with 1,500 square feet, you’ve downsized by half.  It all depends on your perspective.

Does smaller equate to less expensive?

Most smaller Santa Cruz homes are less expensive simply because of the reduced square footage.  For the same reason, smaller houses cost less to heat, cool and maintain.  Of course, if you add on luxury features like marble counters and hand-carved built-ins, a small home can quickly go from economical to expensive.

Do I have to have it built from scratch?

Although the Small House Movement is fairly new, there have been small houses around for centuries.  Depending on the area in which you live they may be called cottages, bungalows, row houses, town houses or even shotgun houses.

Whether you want a micromini house, a mcmansion or any size in between, I can help you find and negotiate a good price for it.  Give me a call today at 831-662-6522 or email me at to get started.

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About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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