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Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate. This week we bring you:Tiny Is the New Black.

For the last few decades we have had super-sized suppers, hungered for Hummers and hankered for humongous houses. But times, they are a-changin’. The cost of heating a home has gone through the roof. As a result, there is a quickly growing trend toward tiny which includes reconsidering how big is too big and how small is big enough when it comes to a place to live.

Studio Living in the City That Never Sleeps
Although the recent economic melee has stuck a pin in the bubble, itty-bitty still costs big money on the sliver of land known as Manhattan. In a pretty pre-war building overlooking Union Square, a renovated 11th floor micro-penthouse measures just 325 square feet. The modestly sized main living space includes built-ins and a custom closet for maximizing storage space and at just 42 square feet, the separate kitchen has just enough space for a tiny table for two. A private terrace almost twice the size of the puny pad drives the asking price up to a very considerable $450,000, with monthly common charges of $963.

For more information contact Marianne Ciccantelli (212-893-1459) at The Corcoran Group.

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A Teeny Tiny California Cottage
Out in California, Derek Raedeker built his pint-sized paradise with his own two hands. The cozy cottage measures a scant 175 square feet but manages to have all the comforts of home, including a small sitting area with a Dickenson Marine propane fireplace, a dining area with a fold down table that seats two (or three in a pinch), a kitchen with stainless steel cabinetry, a sleeping loft and a bathroom that, remarkably, does double duty as a walk-in closet.

Due to an expanding family, Raedeker is selling his tiny, trailer mounted home for $34,000. The cottage is currently located in an RV park in Sonoma County, Calif., where it is hooked up to park services. With a bit of effort, the diminutive dwelling can be hooked up to stationary sewer/septic, electric and water providers.

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For more information about this small house or having one custom built, contact Derek Raedeker by email at

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