Some aspire to steroidal mansions bursting with creature comforts and lavish luxuries like built-in cappuccino makers, heated driveways and entire rooms devoted to wrapping presents or washing the cat. Others take a "less is more" attitude toward their homes. People like tiny house aficionado Jay Shafer who once built and lived in an almost unimaginably small 89 square-foot house. Just because proponents of the tiny house movement manage to make do with compact cottages and itty-bitty bungalows doesn’t mean they go without the the conveniences of a regular-sized home. The tiny house movement is perhaps an overlooked but fast-growing segment of the real estate world. With the exorbitant and ever increasing cost of water, heating oil, property taxes and electricity, many are turning to tiny houses that cost less to heat, clean, cool and maintain. Pee-wee sized pads are also less expensive to buy or build and, without question, force occupants to get down to the nitty-gritty of what’s materially important and what’s not because there is seldom space for unnecessary knick-knacks. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Dubai has claimed its place as a new home to luxury and high-end lifestyles. Its housing market is no different. Here, MainStreet highlights several homes that make American mansions look like dollhouses.