Skip to comments.Critics of micro-apartments calling for a moratorium
Posted on 04/25/2013 5:26:37 AM PDT by Cronos
Judy Green was well-suited to move into a 10-by-10-foot University District apartment.
..The units are tiny, typically 150 to 250 square feet, about the size of a hotel room. Six or eight residents share a kitchen. And the rent is lower than the average studio or one-bedroom apartment, about $600 to $900 a month compared with $1,200 and up.
Although its popular with young urban singles and students, microhousing, also known by the brand name aPodments, is stirring controversy as well.
Some contain as many as 64 units, but because theyre in dense neighborhoods served by transit, they arent required to provide any parking.
...People want to live in walkable neighborhoods with easy access to shops and transit, said Jim Potter, chairman of Kauri Investments, which has partnered with other developers to build six microhousing projects in Seattle, with several more planned. Hes been asked to develop projects in Portland, California and New Jersey.
Judy Green, 67, said her brand-new aPodment in the University District offered more light and more stylish finishes than the one-bedroom apartments she looked at in her price range.
She pays $850 a month for a sixth-floor room that features a sleeping loft, a private toilet and shower, a kitchenette with a sink, fridge and granite countertop, a skylight, two windows and a sliding-glass door to a small private deck. The loft brings the total square footage to 200.
The kitchen she shares with seven other tenants is on the second floor. She said she keeps fit walking up and down stairs theres no elevator in the building.
But shes right across the hall from the shared rooftop deck with a view of Lake Union and the Space Needle.
Im a minimalist, she said. I think this is a wonderful thing.
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“I've made some really poor life choices, but I voted for Obama twice!”
800 bucks a month to live in a phone booth? I’d rather live somewhere where rent is more reasonable. Not going to waste any more of my time reading the article - but I’ll bet this fool is a green whacko and Ohomo voter.
$850.00 for that thing? What a rip off. LOL
As far as I am concerned, if people want to live there, it is up to them. Not my cup of tea, but it suits them, great.
A lot of people in the history of this country would look at that little room as luxurious, since they lived in one room tenements with rusty metal bedframes and a hot plate.
But if they start griping about not having parking, all bets are off. Caveat Emptor.
What we have here is a bunch of Community Organizers who would want to raise YOUR taxes so that Judy Green can live in far more plush surroundings. Judy seems fine with her current arrangement. The people who live in these little places (as far as I can see) are not complaining. But the do-gooders want to make it illegal to have that sort of lifestyle. It's not good enough, you see. Poor people deserve more, you see. And you'll be paying for it, if the do-gooders get their way.
There are 3 basic options:
1) Homeless and living in an alley
2) Minimalist living in very small and very cheap apartments, as supported by the marketplace
3) Nice apartments, paid for out of pocket by hard-working people, and subsidized by the government for those people who have made poor life choices.
Actually, she voted for Obama six or eight times.
$850/mo. here in Wichita will buy you a pretty nice home
theres no elevator in the building
People want to live in walkable neighborhoods with easy access to shops and transit,
Hauling her one chair to the sixth floor must have been fun.
What about A D A requirements? Or the 10 Kg bag of Basmati rice? Or the day she has a major medical issue?
I remember hearing a radio talk show host talking about these “micro” homes a year or so back. He stated that the majority of people moving into these are single, no kids and few friends. Then he said, “Yeah, but even if they’re single, have no kids and few friends, is 250 square feet gonna be enough space for all their Harry Potter collectibles?”
I laughed so hard I almost drove off the road.
These things are fine as inexpensive student dorms, or as a place to sleep a few times a week rather than commute to your real home outside the city every day.
You can get a 3 bedroom house here in MS for that a month.
I have such a building, only a bit bigger. I call it, "my shed".
Good for storing garden tools and such.
Does she keep her Soylent Green in that white cabinet?
I’m quite familiar with this type of housing in Europe... although 250 sq feet is usually what students can afford. For this older woman, location is what’s most important... and living in small spaces means you can’t waste your money buying a bunch of crap. To each his own...
Suddenly the Genesis song “Get ‘Em Out By Friday” comes to mind.
I was all set to slam the “activists” who are against these as prohibiting personal choice but after reading the article (something I don’t always do when I comment . . .), they have a point. These micro-apartments are significantly increasing population density in certain neighborhoods and the city isn’t necessarily planning for that.
I did fine, but I'm glad that I can afford better, now. :-)
I must be a maximalist.
She'll probably fall off the ladder while making the bed and break half the bones in her body. Then let's see her talk about six flights of stairs.
Lo and behold, I was right.
Personally, if I'm living in a space that small, it had better be on a boat.
I am not against them. I am against high density apartments without parking. Many places in Chicago they fight over who gets to park in the cab stand or hydrant spot!
A company that I worked with for many years was required to add an elevator to the second floor. The first floor was A D A compliant, any work could be could be done on the lower level. Nothing special on the second floor.
Forced to install a never used elevator.
‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a small camper and rent a parking space?
This type of living is promoted by Agenda 21. It’s their goal to have everyone living is small, dense spaces, no parking provided, so you can walk everywhere.....thus saving the planet.
I disagree with the last part ... It's not so you can walk everywhere ... it's so you can't drive anywhere. Travel, after all, is only for the Party Members.
OMG! Today is Tuesday...go move the car.
Move the car?
Yes, hurry, today is street sweeper day!
How much do you charge the tools to stay there? ;^)
Around here, we call those “gopher holes.”
This really isn’t a bad way to live if you’re single, married to your “career,” dine out most meals, and prefer to spend your money for things like eating out, entertainment, and travel.
Personally, I’d need at least 400 square feet or I’d feel a bit claustrophobic, but I could live like this...if I were single and had no kids! :)
my model stash wouldn’t fit in that place.
Or parade day or snow day or street repair day or...
That’s definitely not Greyhound.