This man spent $17,000 on a tiny home in Idaho and now it brings in $49,000 a year on Airbnb

A 34-year-old avid traveler began incomes passive revenue when he listed a tiny residence on Airbnb.

An Idaho native, Ivan Ellis Nanney, obtained a advertising and marketing job that required him to journey the nation with an enormous concrete and plaster potato in 2014.

The Well-known Idaho Potato Tour permits the vacationer to cease for a photograph op together with the enormous potato, carried by a crimson semi-truck, touring across the nation.


Whereas on tour, Ivan met Kristie Wolfe, a fellow Boisean who turned the unique six-ton potato into an Airbnb property.

Ivan helped Kristie arrange extra listings, inspiring him to have his personal Airbnb property.

So, Ivan, who spends six months a 12 months touring, purchased a bit of land exterior downtown Boise.

He saved sufficient cash from freelance video jobs, together with his six-month gig with in 2018 as a content material creator and from the Well-known Idaho Potato Tour.

The Famous Idaho Potato Tour truck on a dock with some tourists posing for a photo.

He spent $17,000 on land and one other $17,000 to construct the tiny home.

The land has an deserted constructing, which he deconstructs, then builds a tiny home manufactured from “second-hand supplies.”

Ivan stated he put in the home’s water and electrical energy himself.

Ivan working on a utility pole.

Dwelling in his tiny home full-time was pointless, given how a lot Ivan liked to journey. So, he thought his tiny home might accommodate his household or renters whereas he was touring.

“Taking a look at tiny homes and the prices, it simply made sense to have a house base,” Ivan says. “It was offering a back-up plan for household, then additionally offering that passive revenue to free me up in order that I might pursue my passions and work on different tasks and never be beholden to a mortgage.”

Ivan looking at his newly built tiny home that earns passive income.

He began itemizing his property in June 2019, planning to dwell there six months a 12 months when he’s not touring.

Ivan known as his tiny home in Boise “Chateau Ivan,” in accordance with AutoEvolution.

Outside view of Chateau Ivan at night

The rental residence affords “glamping” vibes the place renters can expertise the basic feels of tenting with fashionable consolation.

A nice view of Chateau Ivan with its picnic table, fire pit, and hot tub area.

The tiny residence contains a good lounge the place visitors can have a unbelievable film evening with its projector.

It additionally has a espresso desk that doubles as a eating desk whenever you carry it and a settee mattress for an additional visitor.

Chateau Ivan's living room with coffee table, sofa bed, and projector.

The loft serves because the bed room with ample headspace.

Chateau Ivan's loft bedroom with ample headspace, huge bed, and air conditioner.

The kitchen and toilet are totally furnished, making them very snug to make use of, and a multipurpose nook can be utilized as a distant workplace or further storage.

Fully furnished kitchen with stove, mini fridge, and sink.

Exterior is a pleasant deck with a desk and chairs, a fireplace pit, a picnic desk, a barbecue grill, and a sizzling tub, inviting the visitors to have a beautiful out of doors social gathering.

Chateau Ivan's bathroom with toilet and shower room.

By mid-2020, his property began to get extra demand, so he determined to listing it year-round.

“It turned very talked-about,” Ivan says, stating that it didn’t make sense for him to remain there, and he has began to earn virtually totally passive revenue.

Chateau Ivan's multipurpose nook with high chair and table.

His tiny residence earned round $50,000 final 12 months.

It isn’t totally passive revenue, although, as a result of Ivan nonetheless schedules a couple of days a 12 months to dwell in his tiny residence to do obligatory repairs and upgrades.

Deck and picnic table for outdoor party at Chateau Ivan that earns passive income.

Relying on the variety of bookings, he spends a further two hours per week organizing stays. He additionally pays round $150 weekly for a cleaner to handle the home whereas he’s away.

Most of Ivan’s yearly revenue comes from renting out his tiny home, and the expertise has taught him methods to become profitable whereas nonetheless touring the world, per CNBC.

Passive income earning Chateau Ivan's hot tub area with sofa, barbecue grill, and several chairs.

Ivan has been internet hosting Superb Race-style competitors in three-wheeled open autos referred to as tuk-tuks in Sri Lanka for at the least two months yearly since 2019, the place he earns both $5,000 or 35% of the match’s revenue, whichever is larger.

Chateau Ivan's living room and kitchen view from loft.

He additionally earns by serving to different native Airbnb homeowners with upkeep, repairs, and additions to their properties, reminiscent of a Shipwreck-themed property close to Salmon, Idaho.

The recognition of the tiny home motivated Ivan to construct two extra homes particularly for Airbnb.

View of passive income earning Chateau Ivan from hot tub area

First is a house he bought in April 2021 for $78,000 with a down fee of $7,800 in Grand View, Idaho, a little bit city roughly an hour south of Boise.

The second property is a mountain land he owns with 4 family. The present pole barn can be remodeled into a country cabin from which he’ll earn 25% of its revenue, a good-looking addition to his passive revenue.

Ivan showing his passive income earning tiny house.

“You possibly can improve your revenue and cut back your debt whereas maximizing belongings you already personal,” Ivan says. “I don’t like having issues sit round when somebody could possibly be benefitting from it.”