Small, apparently, is in. That would explain the phenomenal popularity of the Mini Cooper, the space-conscious offerings at Ikea and Mp3 players that are easier to lose track of than a pair of earrings. So it was only a matter of time before small became cool in the housing market, too. How small can you get? Try the 77-square-foot Micro-Compact Home on for size. It may be smaller than some SUVs, but it ingeniously fits the living amenities you'd find in most tiny Japanese apartments, state-of-the-art sound system and flatscreen TV included.

One of the more eye-catching of the tiny pre-fabs is the Sustain miniHOME, which boasts super modern design, incredible air flow and an ultra-green philosophy, all while being no bigger than your average mobile home (and just as portable).218437553_fbb21e7e6a_o.jpg
Coolest of all, perhaps, is the Loftcube, which as its name implies, can be installed on the rooftop of an existing building. Its $136,000 pricetag makes it one of the cheapest living options in the big city ... if you can get permission to build on the roof, that is.loftcube3.jpg
For more, check out Inhabit.