The future of the housing market? Micro-apartments. You’ve probably heard of them, but what are they, exactly? And why would anyone want to live in one?
What is a Micro Apartment?
First off, let’s define what exactly a micro-apartment is. It’s not like large cities have ever been short on teeny tiny apartments. New York City is notorious for small spaces and big prices. I mean, it’s the home of the 100-square-foot apartment, which is basically like living inside of a closet (although this guy actually makes it look kind of livable.) But a micro-apartment is more than just an incredibly small space. It’s a lifestyle.
With a special waiver allowing them to build studio apartments less than 400 square feet in size, New York City built their first micro-apartment complex, Carmel Place, which just began leasing. The apartments range from 260-300 feet, and they include “high-end furniture sourced from Italian designers, a housekeeping service, Wi-Fi, cable, and a weekly errand handled by a personal ‘butler’” . They are similar in price to an average one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan ($2,500 and $2,800), but they seem to make up for their lack of size in their amenities department.
For such a small space, these apartments look quite efficient. The couch pulls out into a bed, the dining room table folds into a tiny shelf but can seat up to twelve, and the countertops in the kitchen wrap the whole way around, offering plenty of cooking space. The furnishings are minimalist and clean-looking, so the small space doesn’t feel cluttered. Between the efficient furniture and those awesome-sounding amenities, we can see why micro-apartments are trending right now.
What are the Benefits of Living in a Small Space?
Sacrificing space can have some perks. For one thing, less space = less cleaning. If that’s not enough, consider the fact that it’s entirely private, and you won’t have to deal with troublesome roommates because you couldn’t possibly fit any in with you. They are reasonably affordable, and they’re efficient. If you aren’t high-maintenance when it comes to space, you might actually feel more comfortable in a micro-apartment than in a full-size studio apartment.
Some tiny home-dwellers argue that small-space living has made them rethink their clutter, and indeed, one would have to in order to fit all their possessions into a 300-square-foot space. Living in a micro-apartment has a minimalist air to it, and that can be freeing for many.
Should you Live in a Micro Apartment?
Admittedly, micro-apartment life isn’t for everyone. If you’re one for entertaining guests, you might have some difficulty fitting everyone into your tiny home, and you will probably also struggle if you ever wish to have company stay over, unless they’re 100% willing to sleep on the floor. Another drawback? If you’re an animal lover, you’ll probably have to say goodbye to Fido. A 300-square-foot apartment is no place for a cat or a dog, though you might be able to get away with a small rodent, like a guinea pig.
However, if you are willing to make those sacrifices, and the sound of a minimalist lifestyle sounds alluring to you, the micro-apartment might be right up your alley.