Matt and Anna Jones found a delightful home on a corner lot in Brick, New Jersey back in 2000.

They decided to buy it. Soon, it became clear that they got a little more than they bargained for—emphasis on little.

In the backyard of their family home, there was another house. Just like the others in the neighborhood, the exterior of this house utilized red brick. It has a fully functional chimney to match its fully functional fireplace, and water lines run to the kitchen and the bathroom, just like any modern home.

There’s just one thing different about this house: You’d have to be 3’6″ to fit into the rooms inside.

Even at 5’3″, Anna has to crawl through the front door.

The house was fully furnished when the Jones’ first toured it. It had everything you’d expect to find in a house—a dining room table, chairs, a bed, even a piano. All of those things were scaled down to fit the house.

So what was up? Neighbors had all sorts of theories.

There used to be a circus nearby, and some said that a few little people who worked there lived in the house. The truth is no less outlandish.

In the 1960s, an older man lived in the big house that the Jones family later bought. He built the tiny home as an extravagant playhouse for his beloved grandchildren. He even went so far as to install an L-shaped swimming pool.

But, those kids grew up, as kids do, and eventually, Matt and Anna found themselves raising their own children on the property. You might think they’d be thrilled to play in the tiny house.

Unfortunately, by then, things had gone a bit wrong.

“I didn’t think it was safe for them because I never knew what was in there from the night before,” Anna told Weird NJ.

People kept breaking into the tiny home. They vandalized it often. Lots of people just wanted to see the place, which had become something of a tourist attraction, but it seemed to bring out the destructive side in others.

“Most of the people that come have all good intentions,” Anna said. “They want to take a picture, and I don’t have a problem with that. But then you get the ones that have to go that extra step and steal something from in there. The ones that are destructive are the ones that ruin it for the ones that are honest.”

When Hurricane Sandy hit the area in 2012, Anna lost patience with the tiny house.

The storm severely damaged the interior of the house. By 2015, the house was up for sale. No word yet on whether any buyers have emerged.

“I say I’ll be happy if it’s sold and somebody wants to take it, and somebody else could enjoy it on their property,” Anna told “I know a lot of the neighbors—or some of the neighbors, I should say—feel a little differently. This is like a landmark and they don’t want it to go.”