11 of the best tiny homes in the US to rent on Airbnb, including a mini ranch stay and a repurposed shipping container

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  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, many people continue to seek domestic driving getaways and standalone accommodations. 
  • Tiny homes offer cozy and quaint stays, and are also more easily tucked into off-the-grid locales.
  • We found top-rated options across the US, ranging from $69 to $232 per night to start.
  • Read more: Are Airbnbs safe? We spoke to experts, a company representative, and an Airbnb host to share everything you should know before booking someone's home.

The tiny house movement has been booming for years now, and people booking these wee-sized private homes are reaping the rewards — and joys — they bring. Not only does it feel good to know you're supporting a venture that has a smaller ecological footprint compared to McMansions or even normal homes, but each boasts an undeniably cozy and quaint quality. Even better, they're usually less expensive than "traditional" private rentals.

To sweeten the pot, you'll find that many private, tiny home Airbnb rentals are also beautifully appointed. And because of their compact size, many are found in areas with stunning natural surroundings. Think forest hideaways, miniature ranch homesteads, and small abodes perched on mountain vistas.

For those who are eager to travel but understandably cautious about venturing out, it might bring some peace of mind to know that experts and the CDC consider private vacation homes — including listings on Airbnb — one of the safer options right now, especially compared to a hotel.

Additionally, Airbnb has new procedures to keep listings safe and sanitary. Previously, the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol was optional, but now all hosts must follow the cleaning guidelines. Some hosts have also opted into additional procedures, such as Booking Buffer, which enforces a vacancy period between stays.

With that said, venturing outside of your home during the coronavirus pandemic still brings risks. If you do choose to travel, be sure to follow recommendations from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, wash your hands frequently, wear a face mask in public spaces, and practice social distancing.

Keeping all that in mind, we combed through hundreds of listings on Airbnb to find tiny homes with big appeal.

We based our selections on the following criteria:

    1. Each tiny home is for the entire listing. They're small enough to begin with so no need to share space!
    2. All are highly reviewed and have an average rating of 4.6 or higher.
    3. One of the best reasons to book a tiny home is to cut costs. Keeping that in mind, all of these listings are affordably priced under $250, with starting prices currently ranging from $69 to $232 per night.
    4. All properties feature notable characteristics that make them stand out in a sea of listings. This might mean scenic spots, thoughtful decor and touches, hot tubs, fire pits, and more.

    Here are 11 of the best Airbnb tiny homes in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

    Eclectic tiny home with a sleeping loft in Portland, Oregon, $69

    Book this hip Woodlawn home starting at $69 per night

    It's not every day you can tuck yourself into bed in what was once a 1926 Model T Garage, but this eclectic tiny home found in the hip neighborhood of Woodlawn in Portland, Oregon makes it a possibility. Before it served that purpose, it was a 1915 bungalow.

    This freestanding studio unit has since had a facelift and is now filled with eclectic and colorful decor including a lofted bed, and a seating area with a blue futon that doubles as a sleeping space. It's also equipped with a petit cooking area with an electric two-burner stove, mini-fridge, and microwave. While this is an entirely separate unit, be aware it's on the same property as a traditional house, and that the bathroom is in the main house, which is 20 feet away.

    Woodlawn is known for its funky, urban, artsy vibe. The neighborhood is home to urban farms (clucking chickens included), mature fruit trees, and is walking distance to an ample supply of yoga studios, coffee spots, drinking, dining, and dispensing.

    This listing has plenty of availability now through the spring.

    Rating: 4.66

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Historic log cabin in Bellemont, Arizona, $99

    Book this historic log cabin starting at $99 per night

    Little log cabins are far and few between, which makes a stay at this historic tiny home in Kaibab National Forest particularly special. The 200-square-foot space boasts an authentic cabin vibe thanks to its all-wood interiors, but has a distinctly southwestern flair from cowboy curtains to a cactus-patterned bedside lamp that also has a mini saddle for a base.

    The home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchenette (no cooking), and a small seating area. For food, you can use the barbecue grill and enjoy your meal on the large porch. The surrounding national forest also gives you plenty of space to roam outside. 

    The location really couldn't be better for exploring some of Arizona's most popular hotspots. It's about 20 minutes west of Flagstaff and just an hour south from Grand Canyon National Park. It's also only 45 minutes from the red rocks of Sedona and about an hour from the mountainside-town of Jerome.

    While close enough to city life, it's distanced enough to give you that true, adventurous Arizona cowboy/cowgirl experience. Don't be surprised to see elk grazing through the area, and there are plenty of nearby fishing spots, water holes, and hunting grounds.

    This listing has wide availability now through the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

    Rating: 4.63

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Tiny forest house in Charlevouix, Michigan, $124

    Book this simple forest house starting at $124 per night

    At the very top of Michigan — mere minutes from the lakeside town of Charlevoix  —you'll find this simple, 200-square-foot tiny home. It's tucked so neatly and deeply into the woods that you might even feel like you're staying in a tree house. There's even a little porch off the front entry where you can enjoy the wildlife.

    Though small, this studio with a sleeping loft (accessed via ladder) affords you everything required for a comfortable stay, including a kitchenette equipped with an oven and stove, and a bathroom right inside the home. The decor is rustic-meets-modern minimalist with several window-side seating areas. A small front porch and two bright green Adirondack chairs provide a nice spot to relax and enjoy the natural setting.

    There's currently wide availability in February, and then again in April onward.

    Rating: 4.99

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Tiny mountainside house in Towns County, Georgia, $134

    Book this mountainside tiny house starting at $134 per night

    At 276 square feet, this glass-laden nirvana offers a dreamy slice of Georgia mountain heaven. Every direction you look you can catch a glimpse of stunning nature views, and the soft, muted tones inside make it feel particularly harmonious with the great outdoors.

    It features a small kitchenette with a mini-fridge, cooktop, and microwave, a bathroom, a lofted bedroom with both a queen bed and a twin bed, a dining/working nook, and a cozy seating area. In the living space downstairs, the sofa folds out to offer an additional place to sleep.   

    Outside, guests have access to a firepit and chairs, a hammock, and the great expanse around them. During the day, you can rent out a boat at nearby Lake Chatuge or take a hike at Bell Mountain or High Shoals Falls. If you're looking for more bustle, Helen is only a half hour away.

    Availability is wide open throughout 2021.

    Rating: 4.81

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Crow's Nest tiny house on the ranch in Durham, Maine, $150

    Book this ranch getaway starting at $150 per night

    If you're craving a genuine ranch experience, this tiny home located on a 70-acre working livestock farm ought to be a top pick. Old Crow Ranch offers guests an inside glimpse of what a thriving Maine farmland looks like — cattle, chickens, fields, pines, and stars included. The porch looks out over it all, so be sure to take your morning coffee outside.

    The interior is modern, airy, and bright, with touches of vintage charm and rustic details like a turquoise table and Victorian-esque sitting chair. True to tiny house form, it's a one-bedroom, one-bathroom accommodation, and is equipped with a kitchenette (including a two-burner electric stove), mini fridge/freezer, and toaster oven. Speaking of dinner, you can buy your meat straight from Old Crow Ranch farm. The queen bed is located in the loft, and if you need another sleeping space the daybed converts into a double bed.

    Crow's Nest is located about 30 minutes from Portland, which means guests can have their urban sprawl and farm life, too.

    Availability is sparse in January and February, but it opens up after that.

    Rating: 4.98

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Tiny perch at Persimmon Hill in Wellsville, Pennsylvania, $151

    Book this tiny perch starting at $151 per night

    The Tiny Perch on Persimmon Hill gets its name from its location; it's plopped atop an outcrop overlooking the gorgeous Conewago mountains. This light-filled, one-bedroom home boasts a thoughtfully appointed modern farmhouse aesthetic and is equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, and office nook.

    It's on a 10-acre property, which allows for quiet seclusion and the potential to catch a glimpse of wildlife. The deck, picnic area, hammock, and firepit make it especially easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Even from the bed, you can catch views of the mountains.

    The home is about 45 minutes from Hershey Park, Gettysburg, York, and Harrisburg. It's also within walking distance of Pinchot State Park and lake, and only five miles from Ski Roundtop. In other words, you've got your pick of both urban and nature.

    Availability is wide open from March onward.

    Rating: 4.95

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Tiny home with mountain views in Southern Utah, $170

    Book this Southern Utah tiny home starting at $170 per night

    This newly erected, custom-built tiny home is planted squarely on the border of Utah and Arizona with a stunning view of El Capitan mountain. It's also surrounded by raised vegetable and flower beds, which creates a nice juxtaposition against the desert scenery. Guests have access to the on-site firepit, outdoor seating, and a hot tub. All the above make for splendid sunset and stargazing opportunities.

    Inside, this chic and modern home is equipped with a comfortable king bed, a fully stocked kitchen, and a bathroom with a large walk-in shower. Guests can also use the outdoor grill for cooking and enjoy their meals at the picnic tables. If you need more sleeping space, you can break out the twin bed pullout couch, and the host also provides the option of breakout tents for a glamping experience. Zion National Park is about one hour north.

    There's wide availability now and throughout the rest of the year.

    Rating: 4.72

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    ShangriLaLa mountaintop getaway in Topanga, California, $204

    Book this mountaintop getaway starting at $204 per night

    Staying in this one-bedroom, one-bathroom tiny house is akin to sleeping and relaxing in a luxurious, sophisticated treehouse. It affords you all the comforts you could ever need — and some you didn't even know you needed — while allowing you to bask in nature.

    The outside is equipped with a large porch, complete with a private outdoor shower and luxurious oakwood bathtub. There's also a tranquil garden sanctuary, stunning canyon views, and nearby hiking. In addition to the outdoor features, the ShangriLaLa house is equipped with a kitchenette, bathroom, dining area, lofted bed bedroom, small workspace, and a sitting area.

    You'll feel especially one with nature thanks to the wash of soothing earth tones throughout, and the tall glass windows help bring the outdoors in, too.

    The ShangriLaLa is about an hour outside of Los Angeles, making it a great escape from the city for those who live there.

    This listing still has plenty of open days now and throughout the rest of the year. 

    Rating: 4.94

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    The little dipper off-grid tiny home in Joshua Tree, California, $206

    Book the little dipper starting at $206 per night

    You'll be hard pressed to find an Airbnb listing in Joshua Tree that isn't impeccably done. But this off-grid tiny home — nicknamed "The Little Dipper" by the host — is especially darling. Equal parts retro and modern with a thoughtfully manicured yard, it's a true sanctuary in the desert.

    Like many tiny homes, it has a lofted queen bed accessed via steps. From this second story, you'll have great views of the nearby landscape speckled with Joshua Trees. A charming seating area is found underneath the loft, and the futon conveniently folds out to offer another bed. There's also a sizable kitchen, complete with fridge, stove, oven, and eating nook, as well as a full bathroom with a standing shower.

    While cheerful inside, the private lawn will draw you out. Patio chairs, a fire pit, picnic bench, and hand-crafted hammocks make it especially easy to lounge outside. You'll feel like you have the place to yourself in this secluded lot, though the center of town is only a 10-minute drive away. It's also 15 minutes away from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. 

    There's wide availability now through March.

    Rating: 4.99

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Reclaimed timber carriage house in Bozeman, Montana, $231

    Book this carriage house starting at $231 per night

    Solace is easy to find at this impeccably appointed reclaimed timber carriage house in Bozeman, Montana. It's set against the backdrop of rolling hills, mountain ranges, bubbling creeks, and grazing wildlife. The French doors right off the bedroom allow you to soak it all up from the comfort of your bed. You might also find yourself enjoying the views from the front patio.

    The rustic exterior juxtaposes perfectly with the contemporary interior, which offers plenty of seating, a bathroom with shower, a fireplace, and a kitchen that's remarkably large considering the overall size. It even has a washer and dryer built into the wall. It's clear that a lot of thought went into the layout in order to make use of every square inch of this tiny home.

    Exploring the outdoors from here is easy. The property boasts its own 2.5 miles of trail —complete with mountain vistas — and other trailheads are close, as well. Nearby Cottonwood Creek makes for wading and trout fishing, and the Gallatin River and Madison River are also within 30 minutes. Yellowstone is only an hour away and come winter you can take advantage of Big Sky or Bridger Bowl — both about 40 minutes away.

    There's wide availability throughout 2021.

    Rating: 5.0

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

    Container cabin in the Catskills, New York, $232

    Book this Catskill container cabin starting at $232 per night

    A growing trend among the "tiny home" movement is repurposing shipping containers. And why not? They're really the perfect size for all you need, and this 20-foot container tucked into the Catskills is proof of that. It's been converted to include a queen-size sofa bed, kitchenette, writing desk, and wood stove.

    The bathroom is equipped with a compost toilet and gravity-feed water. In that sense, you can consider this off-grid abode a step or two above glamping. Do note that you'll need to feel comfortable operating a wood stove for heat in the winter.

    While the perfectly cozy, rustic interior is a draw, what really makes this a special stay is the outdoor amenities. Guests can enjoy a fire ring and patio, yoga platform, hammock, and 30-foot waterfall that lulls you to sleep.

    There's currently decent availability March through May.

    Rating: 4.85

    Covid-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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