When does “cozy” become “cramped”?
The city planners in San Francisco (boo) are going to vote on whether to cap the number of these micro apartments at 375 units. This is another reason not to live in San Francisco. Not only are rental units so expensive that someone might rent a 220-square foot apartment, the city planners have the authority to cap the number of these units.
I cannot imagine why anyone would live in 220 square feet. I lived in a mobile home in college. It was 360 square feet. For one person, it was adequate. But what would be so great about living in an expensive apartment in San Francisco? I paid the equivalent of $350 a month for my rented space in a mobile home park. I bought the mobile home for cash for under $10,000 in today’s money. And I knew it was temporary: grad school. I got back my $10,000 when I left. I sold it.
There may be single people looking for a start in SF. But with so many great places to live cheaply in the USA, why would anyone decide to build a life there at this kind of lifestyle entry price? Salaries are not that much higher than the rest of the nation.
To each his own. But if tiny apartments are the wave of the future in coastal cities, this is a great case for living in heartland America or the Southeast.