I live with my partner in a 399-square-foot tiny home on wheels that cost $90,000. Take a look inside.

I live with my partner in a 399-square-foot tiny home on wheels that cost ,000. Take a look inside.
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We prefer owning a tiny home on wheels instead of paying to rent an apartment.

  • My wife and I live in a tiny home on wheels that cost us $90,000.
  • Moving the home and downsizing our stuff was tricky, but it’s been worth it. 
  • Our space has tons of storage, an office, a bedroom, a living room with a guest bed, and more. 

My wife and I couldn’t afford the constant apartment rent increases in our city, so we started looking for a tiny home at the end of 2021. 

On Christmas Eve that year, we drove from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to look at a 30-foot-long house on wheels that was for sale. We completely fell in love with the idea of a space on wheels since we didn’t know where we wanted to permanently settle down and we like to travel. We bought the house for $90,000.

In March 2022, we hired movers to bring the home from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. We then witnessed how stressful it is to see your home on the highway. It was a long moving process, but we think it was worth it. 

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Take a look inside our tiny home and our journey to get it set up.  

The moving process was expensive — it cost nearly $4,000 — and we had trouble on the way. First, our parking spot was up a steep hill so we struggled to get the house in place.
tiny home on a hill
The moving process wasn’t cheap.

Once we finally got the house into the parking spot, we realized that the move wasn’t as smooth as we had thought.
tiny home exterior on moving day
Some parts of our home got damaged.

We open our door to find our fridge had toppled over and our sink cracked. Lesson learned — you have to strap everything down super tight when moving.
fridge tipped over into house
The fridge may have been what cracked our sink.

The following month, we packed up our two-bedroom apartment and drove to Portland to meet our house. We quickly realized we didn’t downsize enough and began second-guessing our choice to go tiny.
photo of moving boxes in space
Boxes were everywhere.

Still, we adapted. At first, as foodies, we didn’t know how we’d get by with a kitchen that had no oven.
kitchen storage white drawers
Our kitchen has a dishwasher but not an oven.

Surprisingly, we found we didn’t miss having an oven. We started using portable stove tops and cooking everything in our air fryer/pressure cooker.
cooking food on cutting board
We have enough counter space to get by.

We also simplified how many kitchen essentials we’d need and we used the 30+ drawers in the area to store them.
overview of kitchen with wood shelves
We have tons of storage.

We have a drop-down table that we eat meals at, work from, and play games on. It also has a chalkboard on the exterior that we have our friends leave messages on.
white kitchen with arrow pointing to chalkboard on wall labeled "table"
The table folds up to give us extra space.

Our dog enjoys the window seat in the middle of our staircase and we use it as extra seating when guests come by. The drawers under him open for storage and roll out as steps.
dog bed in storage area
Our 11-year-old dog, Scotty, loves this spot.

Our living room is also a guest room because it contains a sofa bed. We use a projector to watch movies and shows. Our ottoman and side table open up for extra storage, too.
living room area
Believe it or not, we have an entire living room which we also use as our guest room because of our sofa bed.

Above the living room, we have a standing loft that we use as our office.
office area with desk and white brick
Both of us work from home.

We have two adjustable desks and we both work in the loft on a daily basis. This is also where our mini-split AC/heater is located.
desk area overview lofted space
We can comfortably fit up in the office loft.

Across the way, we have a staircase that goes up to our bedroom. Though we can’t stand up in our bedroom, we have more than enough head space when sitting down.
bedroom area, bed with low ceilings
We have enough space when we are sitting.

We keep our extra sheets and sentimental items, such as our memory box, in our room. We also have a longboard, games, and books stored in our cubbies.
storage divider in bedroom
The cubby serves as a space divider.

Directly under our bedroom, we have our bathroom where our 6-foot-long “hers and hers” closet is.
view inside closet with clothes hanging
We store our clothes in the bathroom.

We also have a two-in-one washer and dryer, traditional toilet, shower, and sink.
shower and sink area
The bathroom has all of the basics.

Once we got settled in, we started to build a staircase and a small deck outside. It took us hours to DIY this project but it came out well.
outdoor area with chair and table
We often find ourselves hanging on the deck.

Overall, going tiny has been a great investment. We save money on bills and spend more on things we want in life, like exploring new cities.
the couple and their dog in front of tiny home
We prefer owning a tiny home on wheels instead of paying to rent an apartment.

This story was originally published on June 1, 2023, and most recently updated on May 28, 2024.

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