Tracey Porpora at The Staten Island Advance tackles this very question:
In the 1980s John Mellencamp sang about the American heartland where little pink houses exist.
Some decades later, builders are trying to make home ownership affordable by building “tiny houses” across the county — particularly in the Midwest.
Albeit not pink, these apartment-size houses are actually becoming a trend.
For example, the Portland, Or.-based Shelter Wise, has designed a compact 96-square-foot home, reports Oregonlive.com. Though tiny by all standards, the design boasts all the amenities a homeowner needs: queen-size bed, bookshelves, bath and kitchen.
The best part: it costs only $22,500.