San Francisco Approves Tiny Apartments For Normal-Sized People With Tinier Budgets

In a triumphant victory for the producers of Hoarders, the city of San Francisco gave developers the go-ahead on Tuesday to enter a trial run of 375 "micro-apartments."

At 220-square-feet, these Lilliputian dream homes were planned with the utmost efficiency in mind — space-saving hydraulic furniture, included — in order to follow the Board's stipulations: Developers must allot at least 150 square feet to living space and bathroom and kitchen must be kept separate.

The tiny homes are marketed towards single adults who want to live in the city without breaking the bank. A current San Francisco complex with similar apartments, "SmartSpace," is just barely roomier at 285 to 310 square feet and carry a price tag upwards of $US959 a month.

But San Francisco isn't the only metropolitan city in the US thinking small. Back in July, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to launch a pilot program for replicable micro-unit abodes.

If this is anything to go off of, these new glorified sleep pods will more likely attract young techies wanting to use the apartments for weekend getaways, a complaint posed by the more family-centric dwellers. Its factors like these that played into the Board's decision to allow this on a strictly trial basis. Critics also voiced concerns about the potential for the pint-sized apartments to attract low-income families, which could decrease demand for family units.

Still, there's just as many proponents singing the micro-apartments' praises, and the need for affordable, compact living is becoming inescapable as city populations continue to grow. [Wired]

Image: Shuttershock, Pal Teravagimov


    SanFrancisco, meet Hong Kong. Hong Kong? San Francisco.

    "hey you guys, im sydney!" < in about 2 years

    This is how we moved from quarter-acre blocks to McMansions without backyards and 6-pack apartment blocks.

    1. Sub-divide.
    2. Sell a tenth of the living space at double the original price.
    3. Profit!!!

    Coming soon to a city near you.

    Last edited 23/11/12 1:56 am

      I agree. Scumbag developers will be raking it in with the blessing of their crony politician mates rates.

      From a capitalistic stand point it certainly will.

    "family-centric dwellers"??! How in the hell could you have a family in one of these apartments in the first place? And now apparently the onus is on the single people to accommodate the wishes of families?

    This kind of mentality really annoys me, that somehow people with families are the ones who should get all their tiniest desires catered to, and everyone else can go F**k themselves. Eg, pram parking spots --> Having children is a choice, not a disability. I don't care if you do find it hard to deal with kids at the shops, you made the choice, deal with it. They certainly don't have any concessions for single people driving small cars and emitting less pollution.

      Move. Your single little family would emit more earth killing death in one week than 5 of these apartments inhabited by single professional hipsters.

      Plenty of space Detroit.

      Last edited 24/11/12 12:08 am

    Good idea, seems to me the only things people with large apartments do is fill them up with useless furniture and junk they don't need. I would live in one of these in a heartbeat for $120 a week.

    Are you kidding, only 240 a fortnight, wooden floor boards and right in the heart of town ?
    Cheap to heat and cool. Perfect for the single professional hipster lol.


    Last edited 24/11/12 12:00 am

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