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10 Best Tiny House Rentals in Texas

by Cindy Brzostowski
Updated October 06, 2021

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Who said everything’s bigger in Texas?

Downsized abodes have grown in popularity across the country as more and more people become interested in minimalist living. There’s a certain cozy charm that comes with staying in a tiny house with everything you might need, just on a smaller scale. It forces you to use the things you have more, and makes it difficult to over-buy or over-consume as your space is very, very limited. It’s a more Earth-friendly way of living, but it’s also a big commitment.

Fortunately, you don’t need to say goodbye to your current home or apartment to get a taste of tiny living. You’ll find amazing rentable tiny homes in Texas, all of which will surprise and delight you with their architecture and creative space-saving measures. With a stay at one of these choice houses, you’ll see how a small home can open the door to big adventures.

1. Buck Moon Tiny House

Buck Moon Tiny House texas
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Why you should stay: Attractive tiny home to use as a home base for Hill Country adventures.

  • Nearest town: Wimberley
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

Buck Moon Tiny House combines the coziness of a cabin with the comforts of a modern apartment. Inside, you’ll find attractive wood paneling and plus contemporary appliances. There’s even a cute little coffee and tea cart to truly make you feel at home (and jump-start your mornings).

This tiny house has more places to stretch out than you might think. You can chill on the sofa and watch TV on the first floor or head up the stairs to one of two lofted sleeping areas. Wherever you are, the large windows offer great views of the surrounding trees, though if you want to be even closer to nature, just head outside and kick it in the hammock or by the smokeless fire pit.

From the home, you can easily explore the many charming small towns nearby like Wimberley, Dripping Springs, and Johnson City. Pedernales Falls State Park is also a quick drive away.

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2. “Yellow & Blue” Container Tiny House

“Yellow & Blue” Elegant Container Tiny House texas
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Why you should stay: Bright home with a rooftop deck between two major cities.

  • Nearest town: Waco
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $90/night

Once just a 20-foot shipping container, “Yellow & Blue” has been fully renovated into an inviting tiny home. During the day, the open-concept kitchen, dining, and living area feel larger than they are thanks to the big windows and swinging glass doors. When it’s time to sleep, just pull down the queen-sized Murphy bed. And if you like to fall asleep with some noise, you’ll be happy to know the wooden art on the wall also cleverly hides the TV.

Amid its many nice touches, this Texas tiny home’s best feature is the rooftop deck accessed via stairs on the side of the house. It’s an ideal place to watch the sunrises or sunsets. This little rental is about equidistant from Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin, which makes it a great weekend getaway for residents of either city. It’s also close to the Homestead Craft Village and Magnolia Market of TV fame.

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3. Sundown

Sundown tiny house texas
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Why you should stay: Stylish tiny home with a yard and hot tub perfect for an intimate getaway.

  • Nearest town: Wimberley
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $155/night

Sundown was constructed by a graphic designer and his wife, and you can see evidence of their shared eye for design across the home. The thoughtful decorations and clever layout are the stuff tiny home dreams are made of. It’s up to you whether you want to sleep in the loft bed or down on the queen sleeper sofa; the latter may be more appealing if you tend to fall asleep during movie nights (there’s an easy-to-use Roku).

When it’s time to stretch your legs, you have access to your own private fenced-in yard, which has a grill and picnic table for dining al fresco plus a fire pit and hammock for after-dinner hang outs. Another great place to relax? The hot tub on the back deck.

This tiny home in Texas is less than five minutes from downtown Wimberley, so make time to check out the breweries and distilleries, local restaurants, and boutique shops.

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4. Tiny Homestead

Tiny Homestead texas
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Why you should stay: For when you want the tiny life near a big city.

  • Nearest town: Austin
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $145/night

Painted bright blue, Tiny Homestead is just as cheerful on the inside as it is on the outside. White walls and cabinets are offset by pops of yellow, making this space feel particularly inviting. There are two upstairs sleeping areas on each end of the home, so there’s room for a small family to stay awhile.

One important note about this tiny home is that there’s no flushing toilet. But don’t worry – there are other options. You can either use the composting toilet or the portable restroom.

In need of something to do? Wander around the trails through the property’s 15 acres. Alternatively, you can drive down the road to Hamilton Pool, one of the most beautiful swimming holes in the state. 

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5. The Glass House

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Why you should stay:  Sleep under the stars in a cozy bed on a private ranch.

  • Nearest town: Hondo
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $226/night

Fitting with its name, The Glass House has large windows on three sides so you can appreciate your beautiful Hill Country surroundings even when indoors. But if you really want to be one with nature, you can actually roll the bed outside and sleep underneath the starry skies. Want to take the romance up another notch? Get a fire going right next to your bedside. It’ll make your old inflatable camping pad look pretty weak.

For more lounging, head over to the tank pool for a dip or stretch out in the hammock. There’s also a cozy covered corner on your patio for reading a good book or enjoying a cocktail made with local whiskey. The property has a hot tub in the outdoor common area, too; you just need to make sure to reserve your time there in advance.

Since this stay is located on a 72-acre ranch, you’ll have all the privacy you’d want, even with the other rentals on site.

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6. Tiny Homes on Lake Travis

Tiny Homes in Lakeway on Lake Travis texas
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Why you should stay: Lake lovers and boating fans will be in heaven at this tiny retreat on the water.

  • Nearest town: Lakeway
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $500/night

You can still stay in a tiny house in Texas and travel as a big crew – just book two tiny homes. With four bedrooms in total, this rental can easily house a larger family or friend group.

Aside from being able to accommodate so many people, this stay’s big advantage is its proximity to Lake Travis. From the deck and patio area, you have unobstructed views of the water. It also comes with access to a private boat dock, which is another great place to lay in the sun on reclining chairs even if you never set foot on a boat. The rental does come with two kayaks, however.

If you’re interested in coming with an RV to accommodate even more people, there is an electrical hookup available for an extra fee.

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7. The Helm

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Why you should stay: Roomy shipping container home with an upper deck in an affordable town.

  • Nearest town: Waco
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $235/night

Decorated in calming, darker tones, The Helm manages to fit two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, and a living area inside its relatively small space.

This two-story rental is made from two shipping containers stacked together. Sure, one benefit of its construction is that you can enjoy more space, but the other great benefit is that it creates a rooftop deck. Just climb the outdoor spiral staircase to reach the top.

Less than a 15-minute drive away is Magnolia Market, one of the top attractions in Waco and the shopping complex created by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV fame (and hometown heroes). You’re also close to Homestead Craft Village and other cool stops in Waco, like the many family-friendly breweries.

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8. Modern Tiny Home in the City

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Why you should stay: Affordable city stay in Houston with a big, enclosed yard.

  • Nearest town: Houston
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $107/night

You won’t feel cramped at this modern tiny home, which is one of the larger options on this list of tiny homes in Texas at 300 square feet. But the space feels even bigger than that thanks to the high ceilings and the sparse interior design with a contemporary feel. You also have your own yard with a hammock and patio furniture so you can take advantage of the warm Texas weather.

If you want to bring your dog along on your trip, just make sure to get approval from the hosts first (and be prepared to pay the extra $40 pet fee).

T.C. Jester Park is just a couple of blocks away if you feel like strolling or biking along the White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail or giving disc golf a go.

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9. Tiny House in Dallas

Tiny House Near Bishop Arts District texas
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Why you should stay: Tiny house within walking distance to Dallas dining and nightlife.

  • Nearest town: Dallas
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $61/night

From the outside, this charming tiny house looks out of a storybook. The place is outfitted with a small kitchenette, but you probably won’t be doing that much cooking seeing as you’re close to the many great eateries in the Bishop Arts District.

It’s one of the cooler neighborhoods in Dallas with a younger, college-town vibe, plus plenty of cool shops and creative small restaurants. The host is also happy to give you lots of local recommendations for what to see and do. And after all your sightseeing, you’ll come home to a bevy of streaming options with access to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime on the Roku.

Note that this tiny home is in the backyard of another house. But if you don’t mind, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most affordable tiny homes in Texas.

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10. Historic Casita

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Why you should stay: A colorful neighborhood with numerous restaurants, bars, and shops.

  • Nearest town: Austin
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

Throughout the Historic Casita, you’ll notice special touches that elevate your stay, from a smart TV to a memory foam mattress to a Keurig machine. But the real perk is the tiny home’s prime location in East Austin.

Feel free to leave your car at home since the neighborhood is very walkable. You’ll find plenty of gems worth exploring nearby like the Historic Scoot Inn and Lazarus Brewing. If you want to explore further out, you can also take the MetroRail from the station, which is just a couple of blocks away.

This is a great dog-friendly tiny home in Texas, since the pet fee is reasonable $35.

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