Tiny but mighty Auckland home goes to auction

Cute and compact, this tiny Auckland home was on-trend long before ‘tiny homes’ officially became cool.

Set on a 239sq m block, the one-bedroom cottage in the inner-city suburb of Kingsland is dwarfed by its neighbouring, much larger counterparts but sure packs a punch with its 51sq m footprint.

The home, which was built in the late 1990s, will go under the auctioneer’s hammer on April 12 and could fetch in excess of $1 million, according to estimates the home to be worth about $1.06 million, and the average for the area is $1.24 million.

Real estate agent Jo Pickering, of Ray White, describes the cottage as “super, super cute,” adding that “you look at it from the front, and it looks like a tiny little gingerbread cottage… like something you’d find in a nursery rhyme or story.”

The cottage was built in the late 1990s, which is long before the tiny house movement took off in New Zealand.

With a full-height mezzanine bedroom above the kitchen, the cottage has a floor span of 65sq m in total, which is about the sam size of a one-bedroom apartment.

According to Arch Pro, most tiny houses are 37sq m or less, which makes the Kingsland cottage ‘large’ by comparison.

“In the bedroom, you can have a double bed, side tables, a wardrobe, and there’s still a good walk-around area,” Ms Pickering told

“They’ve staged it with a desk there as well.”

The little home has also undergone a small renovation since it was last on the market in 2020.

The paint has been refreshed throughout and the owners have plans drawn for an extension at the back of the home, which would create a larger living area.

Other features of the cottage include oodles of natural light from double height windows, floating timber floors, a generous kitchen that’s open to the meals and living space and a combined bathroom and laundry.

The outdoors is a classic Auckland subtropical garden, with palms, monstera and banana trees shading a small courtyard.

“For a young, professional couple that just wants to get on the market, why would you look at an apartment when you could have something like this?” Ms Pickering said.

Ms Pickering said the vendor was motivated to sell and “realistic about the current market”.

“There are a lot of character homes and apartments on the market in Kingsland, but few come with a section and no levies or bodycorp fees,” she said.

“This makes it a unique investment opportunity for anyone looking to get onto the property ladder in this area.”

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