Airbnb: Airsteam -Tiny Homes - Treehouses

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Hi Everyone

I am a professional short term rental investor of 5+ years; nationwide. Instead of just traditional homes and condos, I want to venture into the unique world of Airstreams, Tiny Homes, Shipping Containers, Treehouses.

As there any realtors, investors, or contractors that specialize in this field? Lots of questions about land, permits, sewage, and the basics. Can you point me to the right direction?

Looking at all interesting & popular Airbnb areas nationwide.

Thanks a lot!


@David G. - Thank you for posting this thread. I think we can share some good information with each other. I'll PM you with my number. I've been researching STR tiny home investment in NoCal for several months. My contractor and business partner built a profitable tiny home on his property in Richmond, CA (near Oakland). We also did a site visit with Joshua Engberg, who builds custom tiny home trailers (and sometimes tiny homes too). He and his wife wrote a book called Tiny Home Basics. I look forward to connecting.

Taos Mesa brewery (in Taos, NM) recently opened up an "vintage trailer hotel" right next to their brewery - what a fun and unique concept!

I'll be staying in "Thelma" soon... : )

Hi @David G. , we have 2 tiny houses in a rural area south of Houston that we rent on AirBnB .  It seems that the issues with land, sewage, etc. would be very specific to your location.  Tiny houses on wheels usually qualify as RV's, so that simplifies things regarding permits and sometimes whether they're allowed to even be there.  Some municipalities have minimum square foot requirements for housing, and tiny houses don't qualify.

This is a little detail, but one problem  we've had is that tiny houses have tiny water heaters.  I tell the guests that "speedy showers are a necessity".  I wonder if the note in our listing about limited hot water discourages some guests from booking, particularly those who'll be staying longer than a couple of days.  

This winter, we had a hard freeze, which pretty much never happens here.  Since the tiny houses are up on trailers, it was hard to adequately protect the pipes, and they did freeze.  We also had difficulty getting the tiny houses properly connected to the septic system, and that was a headache.  So, that's just normal issues that you have with rental properties, but the trailer thing does add another dimension to it.

When we decided to add the tiny houses to our Christmas tree farm, we had to put in a road and a septic system and run electricity and water out to the location.  It was expensive, but we put in connections for 3 houses.  We currently have 2 houses but hope to add a third eventually.  We stay booked most weekends, with some longer stays.  It's rare that anyone stays longer than 2 weeks.

Good luck on your venture!