Top 6 Tiny Houses For Rent Near Santa Barbara, California - Updated 2024

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Photos of Santa Barbara will make you think that in this coastal city, the sun is warmer, the waters bluer, and the locals happier. You wouldn’t be wrong. Home to beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife, and historic structures, there’s plenty to love about the American Riviera. If it’s your first time here, be sure to add Old Mission Santa Barbara, Leadbetter Beach, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art to your itinerary. For those looking for Instagram-worthy backdrops, check out the colorful Santa Barbara Chromatic Gate and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. You’ll need a comfortable place to come home to once you’re done touring the city. Keep reading to find the top tiny houses for rent near Santa Barbara, California.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Custom-built tiny home near the beach, Carpinteria (from USD 1895)

This custom home is a great example of why you don’t need a lot of space to live comfortably. With two loft bedrooms, it can accommodate up to four guests. Meals are easy to prepare in the full kitchen, and you can open the windows in front of the stove to enjoy the view while you’re cooking. After brunch, relax out on the deck with a cold drink and a good book.

Downtown Carpinteria is just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away, while Santa Barbara is 11.4 miles (18.3 kilometers) away. As it’s close to the beach, the hosts can provide boogie boards and beach towels.

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Carpinteria, California, United States
4.28 km (2.7 mi) from Rincon Beach County Park
368 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the internet/wifi was plenty strong for us to work remotely
the mattresses were very comfortable
awesome place great view peaceful and private well supplied kitchen comfy mattress
loved the windows that open up in the kitchen area
weather is perfect for using the deck as a living room
dane was a wonderful host easy to get in touch with and a wonderful communicator
it’s close to everything yet far enough to be peaceful and relaxing
we loved being so close to the outdoors while also enjoying modern conveniences
the location is pretty awesome you're surrounded by avocado farms
it’s the perfect spot to be outside both private but close to the sweet beach town
great location and a very unique stay loved all of the tiny home amenities
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2. Cozy guest house with a private patio, Oxnard (from USD 100)

This clean, no-frills accommodation in Oxnard is a great option if you’re planning to shop. Camarillo Premium Outlets and The Collection at RiverPark are nearby. Though it is a guest house, you’ll have your own entrance. Inside is a cozy bed, a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, a table for two, and a private bathroom.

Guests can enjoy their morning cup of joe on the outdoor patio surrounded by lush green plants. Free driveway parking is available on site. When you’re ready to explore Santa Barbara, it’s just a 40-minute drive from Oxnard.

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Oxnard, California, United States
33.39 km (20.8 mi) from Rincon Beach County Park
39 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
easy check in 1 designated parking spot and good wifi
it was simply perfect very nice room perfectly cleand and decorated
it’s small but very clean and private
very clean and everything was brand new
it was clean and very private which are the most important things for me
small spaces but easy check in and clean new space
very private clean and cute
i felt the host was very accommodating as well
i would love stay again jesica is a great host
great stay the host was super helpful everything was exactly what we needed for our stay
jesica was a great host with excellect communication and made my stay easy
great place to stay was close to shopping centers
good location and owner responded fast
cute little place perfect for a weekend stay
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3. Rustic cabin ideal for adventurers

Though sparsely furnished, this accommodation is well-suited for avid hikers and adventurers. It’s located inside Los Padres National Forest, so if you’re planning to explore the third largest national forest in the state, you can forget about roughing it in a tent. Here, you’ll be able to sleep on a bunk bed, heat up instant meals using the microwave, and use the shower to clean up after a muddy trek.

Santa Barbara is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from this property.

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48.12 km (29.9 mi) from Rincon Beach County Park
7 reviews   Wifi Available
Tiny home 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
great place to stay great host
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4. Colorful hideout with a barbecue grill and picnic table, Thousand Oaks (from USD 119)

This cheerful home in Thousand Oaks will set the mood for your vacation in the Golden State. The property is not only colorful inside and out, but it’s fully equipped, too! Expect fast Wifi, a 55-inch TV, and a kitchen to make your stay more convenient. The host even provides complimentary breakfast oats, as well as tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. There’s a barbecue grill and a picnic table outside, so you can enjoy al fresco dining and afternoon cookouts.

From Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara is 56.2 miles (90.4 kilometers) away.

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
59.72 km (37.2 mi) from Rincon Beach County Park
140 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the a/c unit worked perfect
tv was great had all the apps that were easy to log into and use along with wifi
the room itself is filled with amenities and john is available onsite to help you with any issues
there is a barbecue and picnic table and the patio is decorated really well too
it’s quaint and comfortable and we had a great time
everything was clean and orderly
the unit was clean and comfortable
it was extremely clean and comfortable
great stay and very clean
johns cabin was very clean had all the essentials
host was very responsive and helpful
he was a great host; quick to respond and accommodating to requests
john is a helpful host
great airbnb host easy check in
host was very easy to communicate with and quick to respond
great location and wonderful accommodations
love the area close to stores and restaurants
the location was great 10 minutes from downtown and 30 minutes to the beach
the location was ideal for good spots to eat and spend time
convenient location and good communication
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5. Private garden retreat for two (from USD 176)

There’s no Wifi in this cozy garden abode, making it the perfect retreat for those who just want to enjoy some peace and quiet for a few days. The home is simply furnished with a queen-size bed that comfortably sleeps two and a kitchenette. While there’s a bathroom indoors, you can also make use of the outdoor shower area and clawfoot tub.

Do note that since the home is tucked in nature, you may spot some wildlife during your stay. Downtown Santa Barbara is 8 miles (12.8 kilometers) away.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Barbara, California, United States
30.84 km (19.2 mi) from Rincon Beach County Park
201 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is no wifi but maybe that’s not such a bad thing
it can get a little hot in warmer moths but we appreciated the fan
we thoroughly enjoyed the lovely quiet patio and the outdoor bath tub and shower
incredibly clean and as advertised
very clean both inside and out
the space was clean comfortable quiet and completely private
highly recommend david’s home nestled in the santa barbara hills it is incredibly cozy clean and relaxing
david is a responsive host
david is a great host and very accommodating
david was very easy going and kind
david was a great host and responsive to our message very quickly
david was thoughtful and responsive
great location and close to everything
what an amazing location and unique place to stay
close to town and a beautiful night sky
i can’t say enough about the obvious and the location super awesome
located just mins from many amenities of the area you wouldn’t know it from the serene location
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6. Retro Beach Casita, Carpinteria (from USD 169)

Retro Beach Casita is a clean and cozy rental with tons of personality. The wall art and blue touches will remind you that you’re only a few minutes away from Rincon Beach. Inside the home is a queen-size bed with a backlight, a fully equipped kitchen, and some kid-friendly amenities. A crib is available upon request, and books and toys are also provided. Located in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara is just a 15-minute drive away.

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Carpinteria, California, United States
6.66 km (4.2 mi) from Rincon Beach County Park
85 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire place 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen was great and had everything we needed for our short stay
inside the house had a nice tv sitting area and a cozy bed
everything is so clean and very nice
excellent host hospitality and friendly communication
such great host too we will definitely be coming back
this is as good as it gets thank you for hosting us we had a great trip
perfect location comfortable and quiet setting excellent communication
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Stay close to Santa Barbara

If you’re looking to stay close to the delightful city of Santa Barbara, any of these charming tiny houses will make a great home base. Plan your visit and explore the American Riviera soon.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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