Woman Turns Old Greyhound Bus Into A Tiny Dream Home

Tiny homes are very trendy at the moment. Not only are they more affordable than a traditional house, their small size makes them perfect for those who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Over the last few years, we've seen so many different types of these small homes pop up, like these Granny Pods, but people are starting to get much more creative with their tiny home designs.


Converting vintage trailers, train cars, and school buses into livable spaces have been all the rage lately, and one woman is taking it to a whole another level.

Inspired by the movement towards tiny living, Jessie Lipskin turned a 1966 GMC Commuter Greyhound bus into a dreamy home.

Lipskin bought the old bus from eBay in 2015 for $7,000 and has since spent $125,000 to upgrade it into a cozy home equipped with everything that's necessary to live comfortably, like an instant hot water heater and propane tank.

In an interview with Insider, she explained that she settled for a Greyhound bus because RVs don't have the vintage aesthetic she was looking for.

Lipskin, with help from a contractor, did some of the renovations while living in upstate New York, but she has since moved the home to Ashbury Park, New Jersey.

"My two friends drove it back to upstate New York and I rented a place up there for a bit while working on it and gutting it," she said. "From there, I moved it to New Jersey just because I knew people who could help me work on it there."

The rows of seats have now been replaced with a full kitchen, a laundry section, bedroom,  and living area.

Check out the final result:

The bedroom, which is at the back of the bus, is Lipskin's favorite part of the mobile home.

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"I love not having a TV. I had the option to have a TV, but I really like waking up in the morning and hearing the birds outside my window," she said.

The kitchen has all the modern amenities, including an oven and stove top, a large sink, and lots of cupboards.

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There's also an energy-efficient washing machine and drying spinner nearby.

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The bathroom, which is located across from the kitchen, has a full standing shower.

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The small home also boasts plenty of closet space, but creating it was no easy task.

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Lipskin admitted that she faced a couple of challenges during the renovation, but the hardest part was "building walls and storage and closets in." She added, "If the angle isn't exactly the same every time you park [the bus], you might have an issue with opening a door or something like that."

To accommodate additional people, Lipskin added a full size pull-out bed in front of the bus.

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Lipskin used flowers, colorful pillows, family photos, and some of her great-grandmother's china to add her personal touches to the space and give it character.

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Lipskin, who completed the renovations in January, said she's enjoying living in the tiny home so far because it's far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

"I feel like I've been so busy these past few years that I haven't read as much as I'd like. I have the time now to do that," she said.

However, she finds the bus too big to drive so she's considering downsizing to an Airstream or a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. She has decided to sell her beautiful mobile home for $149,000.

"I haven't decided where I want to settle down, but I do love the northeast," Lipskin, who works remotely as a project manager replied when asked where she'd like to live in the near suture. "New England, I love it there."

Would you live in this bus-turned-tiny home? Let us know!

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