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220 square feet micro-apartments

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http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Micro-apartments-next-for-S-F-3706648.php

I love the amount of thought that went into this design but they are just too small to suit me. I need more room. Would anyone here like to live in something this small?

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minkbunny1342318940.5327627 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007

We have a guest cabin on our property that is about 600 sq ft I would say. It was a weekend place for years, I lived in it four years after I was widowed and have heard over the years that many a family was raised in that little house. (It was built in 1893).

I got remarried and have a 2,160 sq ft house in addition to the cabin but could move there again in a minute should I need to. Smile

I had 11 rooms of furniture stored in the barn and my husband brought 8 rooms worth so we either had to get rid of a lot of stuff we loved or get a bigger house.

He loves the cabin as much as I do as that was where we first dated.

I think the micro spaces are the wave of the future.

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ShowMe1342318973.37745200 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri

I don't open those kinds of things from here (at the advice of a Dell Technician), but if I were homeless, anything would be better than nothing.

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ShowMe1342319089.82745200 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri

David Letterman was talking about something like this last night, but didn't keep him on.

Formerly Fluffy329........

Proud to be from the St. Louis area and LOVE THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!
Go Cardinals

Happy Shopping and Don't Spend All Your Money in One Place!!!!!

Oostende1342320028.277477 PostsRegistered 3/3/2009

The link is to the San Francisco Chronicle, for what it's worth, ShowMe. I certainly understand your caution though.

Minkbunny, I may be mistaken, but I think that 60 years ago the average square footage for a family of four was only about 700 square feet.

220 square feet is so tiny that it might feel more like a jail cell than a home!

happycat1342320122.0471589 PostsRegistered 9/18/2010

They are too small for me also. Where would you put all your clothes and shoes? I like a nice walk in closet, and I wish mine were larger.

Hildegarde­ Withers1342320181.6211690 PostsRegistered 11/9/2011

It would certainly keep you from buying too much stuff you don't really need.

minkbunny1342320365.05727627 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007
On 7/14/2012 Oostende said:

The link is to the San Francisco Chronicle, for what it's worth, ShowMe. I certainly understand your caution though.

Minkbunny, I may be mistaken, but I think that 60 years ago the average square footage for a family of four was only about 700 square feet.

220 square feet is so tiny that it might feel more like a jail cell than a home!

I know of many a family raised in tiny houses, Oostende, so I am sure you are right.

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ShowMe1342320455.51745200 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri
On 7/14/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:

It would certainly keep you from buying too much stuff you don't really need.


Hilde....that's what they make storage lockers for.....LOL

Formerly Fluffy329........

Proud to be from the St. Louis area and LOVE THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!
Go Cardinals

Happy Shopping and Don't Spend All Your Money in One Place!!!!!

raven-blac­kbird1342320498.04714714 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California

I read about these yesterday...........I'm kinda intrigued by them.....................raven

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biancardi1342320645.8747273 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

where would I put the cat's litter box? lol

It is small. It could work for some folks. But reading that article, it isn't "cheaper" per square foot - in fact, it is more expensive.

I would rather commute to the city

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blahblahva­mpemerblah1342320736.546204 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
If I can't easily fit in a queen bed, and I can't comfortably have dinner for six, it's too small. Since I love being at home, a glamorized closet is claustrophobic. Fine for a hotel room though.

Yeah, FINALLY!!!!! Run Trey, run!

Oostende1342320742.837477 PostsRegistered 3/3/2009
On 7/14/2012 minkbunny said:

We have a guest cabin on our property that is about 600 sq ft I would say. It was a weekend place for years, I lived in it four years after I was widowed and have heard over the years that many a family was raised in that little house. (It was built in 1893).

I got remarried and have a 2,160 sq ft house in addition to the cabin but could move there again in a minute should I need to. Smile

I had 11 rooms of furniture stored in the barn and my husband brought 8 rooms worth so we either had to get rid of a lot of stuff we loved or get a bigger house.

He loves the cabin as much as I do as that was where we first dated.

I think the micro spaces are the wave of the future.

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Hahaha! They're microwaves! Smile

Hildegarde­ Withers1342320747.2211690 PostsRegistered 11/9/2011
On 7/14/2012 ShowMe said:
On 7/14/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:

It would certainly keep you from buying too much stuff you don't really need.


Hilde....that's what they make storage lockers for.....LOL

ShowMe...If you really want a lot of stuff & more room, then you would just rent a slightly bigger apt. instead of throwing away money on a storage locker. {#emotions_dlg.w00t}{#emotions_dlg.lol} ;)

minkbunny1342320789.39727627 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007
On 7/14/2012 Oostende said:
On 7/14/2012 minkbunny said:

We have a guest cabin on our property that is about 600 sq ft I would say. It was a weekend place for years, I lived in it four years after I was widowed and have heard over the years that many a family was raised in that little house. (It was built in 1893).

I got remarried and have a 2,160 sq ft house in addition to the cabin but could move there again in a minute should I need to. Smile

I had 11 rooms of furniture stored in the barn and my husband brought 8 rooms worth so we either had to get rid of a lot of stuff we loved or get a bigger house.

He loves the cabin as much as I do as that was where we first dated.

I think the micro spaces are the wave of the future.

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Hahaha! They're microwaves! Smile

{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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blahblahva­mpemerblah1342320913.2176204 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 7/14/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:

It would certainly keep you from buying too much stuff you don't really need.

If we just bought what we needed, we'd have a 50 percent unemployment rate.

Yeah, FINALLY!!!!! Run Trey, run!

ShowMe1342320968.97345200 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri

My first little home we owned was about 800 s.f...... It was a starter home, and I lived there for 12 years. Sure wish I had it today. From there built a 3,000 s.f. house.....which was way too much house, but my dream home.....and from there went to a nice ranch that was about 1400 s.f. And now live in an apartment. So, I've had both large and small.

Formerly Fluffy329........

Proud to be from the St. Louis area and LOVE THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!
Go Cardinals

Happy Shopping and Don't Spend All Your Money in One Place!!!!!

Libbylady1342321052.3731577 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I think mini apartments like this would have great appeal to people who need multiple residences for work or need to stay in the city some days but have homes in the country. I suppose they could be a main residence for some, but I believe they are mainly an extra residence.

Remember Susan Graver recently said she has a small apartment near QVC so she has a place to go when on air several days. I'd think it beats a hotel every week.

Trust women and cats to make the best personal choices.

ShowMe1342321169.2145200 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri
On 7/14/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:
On 7/14/2012 ShowMe said:
On 7/14/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:

It would certainly keep you from buying too much stuff you don't really need.


Hilde....that's what they make storage lockers for.....LOL

ShowMe...If you really want a lot of stuff & more room, then you would just rent a slightly bigger apt. instead of throwing away money on a storage locker. {#emotions_dlg.w00t}{#emotions_dlg.lol} ;)

Hilde....I wasn't talking about myself here. I was talking about anyone that has too much stuff to put in a 200 sf place. I don't have or rent a storage locker.

I have plenty of room, plus I have a storage locker in the basement.

Formerly Fluffy329........

Proud to be from the St. Louis area and LOVE THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!
Go Cardinals

Happy Shopping and Don't Spend All Your Money in One Place!!!!!

evajon1342321336.7171363 PostsRegistered 8/27/2011

My apartment in Paris was only 30 square meters (~ 300 sq. ft.). But, it had really high ceilings, so I just built up!

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Oostende1342321419.98477 PostsRegistered 3/3/2009
On 7/14/2012 Libbylady said:

I think mini apartments like this would have great appeal to people who need multiple residences for work or need to stay in the city some days but have homes in the country. I suppose they could be a main residence for some, but I believe they are mainly an extra residence.

Remember Susan Graver recently said she has a small apartment near QVC so she has a place to go when on air several days. I'd think it beats a hotel every week.

That makes a lot of sense. A small retreat in the middle of the city might be absolutely wonderful.

Oostende1342322014.98477 PostsRegistered 3/3/2009

Thank you to all who posted with me! I'm signing off for the evening. Have a wonderful night!Smile

msmeerkat1342353558.313871 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010
On 7/14/2012 biancardi said:

where would I put the cat's litter box? lol

It is small. It could work for some folks. But reading that article, it isn't "cheaper" per square foot - in fact, it is more expensive.

I would rather commute to the city

Bloomberg was talking about mini-apts in NYC. I think he threw out a # of a bit less than $2,000 a month. What would be charged for these boxes is what's disturbing. NYC politics has always been on the side of developers... not on the side of NYers. People like Robert Moses to Donald Trump have leveled entire neighborhoods to construct highways or ugly highrises. And in all cases, people fought back and lost.

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bollx1342353989.9831096 PostsRegistered 10/26/2011

Having lived in a city apartment, I think the bigger problem than being able to be comfortable in that amount of space is the fact that there isn't another room to escape to if you have noisy or rude neighbors.

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ROMARY1342359618.6217513 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010

From what I've heard, (Nate Show, etc. etc.), there are many very small apts. in NY City. I'll have to read the article re: SF.

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blahblahva­mpemerblah1342364723.3376204 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 7/15/2012 msmeerkat said:
On 7/14/2012 biancardi said:

where would I put the cat's litter box? lol

It is small. It could work for some folks. But reading that article, it isn't "cheaper" per square foot - in fact, it is more expensive.

I would rather commute to the city

Bloomberg was talking about mini-apts in NYC. I think he threw out a # of a bit less than $2,000 a month. What would be charged for these boxes is what's disturbing. NYC politics has always been on the side of developers... not on the side of NYers. People like Robert Moses to Donald Trump have leveled entire neighborhoods to construct highways or ugly highrises. And in all cases, people fought back and lost.

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I disagree. The government is very, very much on the side of renters with rent control. Imagine owning a building, and if someone stays there long enough, they could be paying next to nothing, but your taxes and maintenance are going up and up and up over the years. One famous designer had a huge six-room apartment for $400 a month when it was worth thousands upon thousands on the open market. It's such a pain that people did what they had to do to legally get the renters out so they could go co-op/condo.

Yeah, FINALLY!!!!! Run Trey, run!

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