Couple Discovers Abandoned Brick House On Their Property, Then Notice It’s Sized For Children

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This story originally appeared at LittleThings.

We’ve seen many crazy tiny homes, but we’ve never seen anything like this before.

In 2000, Matt and Anna Jones purchased a large house in Brick, New Jersey. At the time of purchase, they had no idea that they were inheriting another home of sorts… a fully-decorated mini-house with items you’d expect to find, like tables, chairs and kitchen cabinets. However, there was something striking about the items inside.

The Joneses were stunned to discover this “guest” house was only three and a half feet in height. Anna, who stands at 5’3″, towered over the structure without a clue as to what it was ever used for.

From the brick fireplace to the upright piano, everything inside this one-bedroom cottage was scaled down and child-sized.

Matt and Anna’s neighbors began sharing stories about the tiny house, which had become something of a New Jersey landmark.

Here’s the story of the strangely creepy-yet-adorable little house:


In 2000, Anna and Matt Jones purchased a corner lot home in Brick, New Jersey. They had no idea their big house came with this smaller ranch-style brick cottage.

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Anna and Matt were even more surprised to learn the cottage wasn’t even four feet tall!

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The tiny house was already decorated with furniture. From the tables and chairs to shower and fireplace, everything inside was what you’d expect to find in a typical home — only smaller.

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The couple soon became to privy to the town’s theories behind the strange dwelling. Some people said it once belonged to little people who worked in the circus nearby.

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Others were convinced a family of dwarves still lived there.

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But Anna eventually learned the truth: This one-bedroom cottage was built in the 1960s, and the original owners built it as a playhouse for their beloved grandchildren.

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Sure, the interior may look creepy to some, but what kid wouldn’t love to have fun inside his or her own little playhouse?

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Over the years, the Joneses have enjoyed decorating the playhouse for holidays like Halloween and Christmas.

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The tiny house has become a New Jersey landmark.

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Anna has welcomed tourists, who continue to stop by and take photos outside the home.

Sadly, Hurricane Sandy all but destroyed the interior, ripping up the walls and floors and leaving litter and dead leaves in its wake.

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The cottage has also been vandalized many times over the years. Thieves have broken in to steal various belongings, which has been stressful for the family.

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Though Anna and Matt have no plans to leave their main house, the above factors have led to their decision to sell the playhouse to an “eccentric person that has nothing better to do with their money.”

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Check out the video below to see the full tour of the tiny house!

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