Living Vehicle
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Living small, sustainably in a Living Vehicle

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The Living Vehicle, which is designed to be a permanent residence, on the go at Cabrillo Beach in Santa Barbara. 

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Architect Matthew Hofmann, 34, inside the Living Vehicle he designed. The sleeperbed comes down from the ceiling to accommodate his wife, Joanna, 30. The couple travel and work remotely from the Living Vehicle. 

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Joanna Hofmann prepares a cup of tea in the kitchen. 

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A view of the kitchen, with the pantry pulled out. The Living Vehicle, as shown, costs about $149,000 and can be hauled with a full-size pickup truck. The latest model, the LV Travel Series, starts at $90,000 and will be available beginning in the fall.  

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Overhead storage in the kitchen.

 

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The bedroom features a queen bed or folding sofa sleeper, dresser and laundry. 

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Matthew and Joanna Hofmann relax on the retractable deck at Cabrillo Beach in Santa Barbara. 

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The interiors feature natural light, a full bathroom, high-end amenities and a washer and dryer.

 

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A washing machine, closet and a queen-sized sofa sleeper in the master bedroom.

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Matthew Hofmann and wife Joanna enjoy the retractable deck on the Living Vehicle at Cabrillo Beach. They divide their time between a boat in the harbor and the Living Vehicle. 

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Architect Matthew Hofmann says he designed the Living Vehicle for people who want to live better, travel and don’t want to be tied to the demands of a home. 

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Heidi Hansing, 47, has lived in her Living Vehicle full time since December 2017. 

 (Heidi Hansing )
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Jacqueline and Stewart Sweet, both 29, are renting out their house in Lafayette, Calif., and moving to Spokane, Wash., where they have bought a home. They plan on living in the Living Vehicle and using it to travel. 

 (Courtesy of Jacqueline Sweet)
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Nicole and Yon Perullo and their children, Wyatt, 10, left, Eily, 8, and Nathaniel, 10, hauled their Living Vehicle from Petaluma to Bend, Ore. They plan on renting out the vehicle as an Airbnb in Oregon and traveling across the country. They are considering taking a year off, telecommuting and home schooling their kids while traveling. 

 (Wally Hofmann)
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