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Are you cut out for tiny house living? A start-up lets you test one out for $99/night

By Virginia K. Smith  | July 24, 2015 - 1:30PM

Before you burn donate all your earthly possessions, quit your job in a spectacular, irreparable flameout, and begin your twee new life as a tiny house resident, it may be a good idea to actually try one out first to see if you can hack it. Enter the new Boston-based startup Getaway: For $99 per night, you can stay in a custom-designed tiny house in rural New Hampshire, and get a feel for what tiny living is really like, as Curbed NY reported yesterday.

The project is the brainchild of Harvard grad students at the Millenial Housing Lab, who explained their thinking as such: "A few months ago, we had an idea: to grow the tiny house movement, let’s build some tiny houses, place them on beautiful rural land and rent them by the night to city folks looking to escape the digital grind and test-drive tiny house living."

Photo courtesy of Getaway/Millenial Housing Lab

Currently, there's only one house available: the Ovida, named after one of the team members' grandmothers, a 160-square-foot tiny cabin with bunk beds, a propane stove, and hot water. It's stocked with two bikes, as well as snacks via the 'Getaway Provisions' portion of the booking. (It's also designed to be highly sustainable, with a composting toilet and solar electricity, per Curbed.)

Aside from the Ovida, there's the option to pre-book a still-in-progress, slightly larger tiny house called The Lorraine, which will be available starting in mid-August. If New Hampshire seems like too far a schlep, that Queens van some guy listed on Airbnb is probably still available...


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