...if you’re in your 20s, why be stuck in your apartment when you could be out exploring?”
The next time someone asks you why anyone would live in basically a dorm sized 300 sq ft apartment in SF for $1800/mo, Sacramento Bee has the explanation:
“People in Gen Y, which covers people 18 to 32, are fine with small spaces. They look at the place where they’re sleeping as a bedroom and the neighborhood as their living room.” -Alan Mark
SF's New Micro-Apts Are 220 Sq Ft: Dang, At a Packed Party, a Girl Can Get Knocked Up & Not Even Know It!
Wired Magazine has the full deets here. Some ppl are complaining these only cater to young single professionals in San Francisco, when the city should be luring families to remain (Ppl with kids are leaving in flocks!). It seems SF has approved them, so families will have to muddle thru somehow.
At any rate, ladies, if you get invited to a party at one of these cube homes, keep your legs crossed!
These unit are really student housing in the Netherlands. Look fun and all but apparently you can hear anything and everything, from people gossiping to neighbors knockin' boots! But when you are a student, do you really care? I know I didnt!
Watch this proposed design whereby a parking structure transforms into a housing structure! In theory it works, but what if people are on different schedules? And moving the furniture everyday so the apt can collapse will be a pain. Probably best for long distance commuters or business travelers! What do you think?
Being 4 ft long & 3 ft high, the Barbie Dream House scaled to real life would be a measly 126 sq ft! The average $/sf in Malibu is $854/sf, which would mean Barbie's Dream House would cost a paltry $107k. Seems like a fantasy to live in such tight quarters, but it's reality now. Check out these micro-apartments in San Francisco. They are only 150 sq ft!
I've blogged repeated about my anti-McMansion sentiments. (I'm pro small space living) And here's empirical proof that McMansions are indeed going the way of the dinosaurs, from Trulia and The Atlantic. It's not just the economy, it's also cultural values shifting. People increasingly are downsizing by choice. Paring down to live simpler lives. The cost of utilities to support a McMansion are sky high! Plus, landscaping & maintenance will kill you! Not to mention you'll spend a fortune on gas driving out to the vapid house in the boonies. Your social life is another casualty of McMansion living. You think you have this fabulous palatial space to entertain, but none of your city friends make the trek out to visit.
What do you think? Can we retire the McMansion? Or will it make a comeback?
I couldn't have said this better myself! Grahma Hill's talk for Ted.com really sums up the way I'm trying to lead my life. Pare everything down. There was a time when I bought recklessly and for the wrong reasons...but really, all that did was increase my bills and make me unhappy. How many $150 T-shirts does a guy really need?! After all, a cotton T is a cotton T! As long as I look like a million bucks in it, who cares if it's H&M or GUCCI. So, I do my best to live sparsely, be efficient and nimble.
Not to sound like some Pinko, but the way we are living our lives for the last few decades is going to be the end of us. More debt & more stress. What is the point of endless accumulation of useless stuff & the constant commericial consumption. Even in real estate, the idea you have to keep trading up to bigger and better house every few years is just not sustainable.
I'm not saying you all can live in the 420 sq ft pad featured in the video (although I would love to! so cool) but let's edit down our lives, our space or consumption. You'll be so much at peace...Trust me, I've been there!