Looking for the perfect island hideaway? How about this: You leave your car near the road and walk through a lush fern forest to reach a secluded cabin near Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. Laze in the hammock on your covered lanai as you reach out to touch the koa trees, loulu palm, lehua trees, and hapu'u ferns all around you.
This 544-square-foot home in Volcano, HI, is listed for $159,000, a relatively wallet-friendly option in Hawaii. Thanks to its price tag, the tiny home is attracting an enormous amount of attention, notes listing agent Patti Kam.
"It's the price, the location, and because it's so cute," Kam says of why this tiny house is a popular place to show -- she's shown it 20 times in two days. "The price is low. Some people don't need a lot of space."
The house comes with a bonus as well. The seller converted a small detached shed into a one-bedroom, one-bathroom living space, which is perfect for overnight guests.
The main house has one bathroom, with an antique Japanese tub; a loft bedroom; a full kitchen; oak floors; high ceilings; and large windows that give an outside-in vibe to the place. The home is raised on piers, which is typical for the area, giving you near-treetop views from your front and back lanais.
Quaint Volcano Village is only minutes away, featuring shops, restaurants, and a nearby farmers market. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with its hiking, running, and biking trails, is a short drive away.
Going off the grid here doesn't mean simply turning off your cellphone. Here you can become one with nature and truly live the simple life.