“Today there are about 1.8 million one – and two-person households in the city, but there are only about 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments. You notice the mismatch,” is what NYC Mayor Bloomberg said in July as he announced a competition for designing a building dominated by micro-studios. Tiny living is a trend that has been catching more attention as people follow the concept “less is more”, when it comes to their living environments. Apartments and houses under 250 square feet have long existed in countries such as Japan and China, but now they’re becoming even more popular in the United States.

adAPT NYC, is a competition which could create a new housing model for New York City. The goal is to show that small doesn’t necessarily mean cramped or unlivable. The objective is to design an apartment no larger than 300 square feet, and it has to include a bathroom with a tub, a kitchen and windows that look out on air and not shafts. The city is providing the space on East 27th Street and the winner will be announced later this year.

Cities like San Francisco and Boston are already adapting to the “tiny living” trend. Boston is already in the process of building micro-studios that are smaller than 450 square feet, to accommodate the mayor’s request.

North Carolina resident Ryan Mitchell, of The Tiny Life, is a long time advocate of smaller living spaces. His website offers tips on how to live in 100 to 200 square feet. “I realize that is an extreme,” said Mitchell told the LA Times. Although he currently lives in a regular sized house, he’s saving to build a tiny home of 130 square feet on two levels. “I don’t expect and I don’t think the majority of us will get to a point where we’re living in that type of dwelling,” Mitchell said. “But I think it’s important to show there’s an alternative to McMansions.”

But don’t assume tiny living is easy on the pockets. In New York city Prudential Douglas Elliman, showed off a 275-square-foot studio for $339,000. At $2,400 a month for rent, the price is still a hefty pill to swallow. Because these developments are modernized, the prices all depend on the area you’re living in, but they still may not be affordable for the average middle-income person.

Could you see yourself living in less than 300 square feet?

  • Rochelle

    Wow you turn around and see the whole space. ha ha. Its cool though. How much space does a person really need? Not a lot. Too much waste in the world anyway. I say if you don’t use something in a year, then you should throw it out. Less clutter is what you should aim for…….so really how much space do you really need? I just want to to know where the closets are. I’m sure these unit will go like hotcakes, even with the price tag. NYC is the best city in the world and everyone wants to live there at any cost.

  • Downsouth Transplant

    I could if i was single without kids, but with my significant other 2 kids & a mother who visits for >2 weeks twice a year ( no complaints there she is fantastic with the kids & I love her much), should we try this whole minimalistic thing I don’s see it ending any other way than one of those episodes of Snapped

  • Patricia

    For what they are charging HELL TO THE NO!! where is the leader of the RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH PARTY!!! what would really help is smaller space and more AFFORDABLE RENTS!! Why would anyone in their right mind pay the price of a mortgage or at best a decen sized apartment to live in a shoebox!

    As my father would say you must be out your RABBIT mind! Only “pink” people love stuff like this smh

  • http://gravatar.com/worshipandpraise Jade Noelle

    no. the marketing plan makes it look way cooler than the reality. imagine the real-life maintenance issues. Eating right where you sleep may mean sleeping with flies and rats depending on your level of cleanliness. Even if you are a neat freak that does not mean your neighbors are, and their cleaning habits could bring in unwanted creatures, depending on the landlords. Speaking of neighbors, you will definitely hear every little thing through those walls. And where would you put your stuff? Your clothes? You would not be able to have much furniture, dishes, shoes, etc. It is a frugal lifestyle designed for those in a transitory positions–single people who do not plan on staying there for longer than 10 years. The system makes money off of the quick tenant turnover rates and by cramping as many people into few spaces. It sounds cute on paper but it is such a money-making scheme. Rubs me the wrong way.

  • http://twitter.com/_LoveeeChild Ashley. (@_LoveeeChild)

    What are “pink” people?

    And I agree, the rent is ridiculous for such an incredibly SMALL space. The idea is a good one, but only if the price matches what you’re gonna be paying for.


    Pink people..aka white people!

  • Oh my!

    Seriously, I suffer from claustrophobia. It’s too small and narrow. I don’t think I could live in an area that small. I would consider that a as closet for clothes and shoes.

  • apple

    i was going to say this was a good idea..but if they are going to charge the same high ass prices i may as well get the space i need and pay the damn 2500.. disappointing

  • dirtychai

    I about live in larger than that size space now and pay an affordable $450 a month. I’m never leaving the South.

  • Melissa

    I know I could. If I could do a few Navy deployments on a ship, in which the spaces are a lot smaller, I can live here too.

  • Melissa

    I don’t want that rent tag though.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    No, that would give me claustrophobia, that is way too small and the rent is way too high for what they are NOT giving you. I know people want to live in these KEY cities by any means necessary but that is just crazy.

  • C

    Why such a high price tag? That’s crazy! If the rent was low, and I was living alone, then sure.

  • libpatriot

    There are many places like this here in Seattle. The trend is people living alone, this is whats new. Watch, more stories and articles about loners as new normal, watch.

  • Lynette

    Haven’t people in NY been living in very small studios for years? Check out these studios. Most of them a little over 200sq feet, but still.


  • Nicole

    Yes! I actually believe my dorm room was smaller.

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com TheAntifash

    Not for the asking price! I thought this is how most folk in major metropolitan cities were living to begin with, so no shock here lol. The realization that I would have to find a roomie or two to afford to live in NYC (a dream since I was in first grade) is the the very reason I have kept my behind in the Lone Star State for 26 years. I’m spoiled. I love having my own space, a little money in my pocket, and the luxury to hop a flight and visit anytime.

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com TheAntifash

    This is awesome, but still lol.

  • Rochelle

    Living alone is “new.” Didnt know that. How do you figure living alone is new?

  • Rochelle

    what is the alternative? So everyone should have a house on an acre of land? no they should not.

  • Lynette

    LOL. Yeah, I know. But you gotta admit, the owners/renters have done some wonderful things with the tiny spaces they inhabit.

  • Neek

    In the photo the apartment looks fairly reasonable and comfortable. I’m sure the reality is a different story.They should have put the bed on a higher level to maximize on space or used a Murphy bed. I thought that’s what all city dwellers had anyway. I’ve seen decent apartments larger than this go for about $2000 in Manhattan. So $2400 is a rip off. But I’m also guessing that means its in the upper east side. That said, I guess it would be worth it to “some/ certain” people like future members of the 1%. The rest of up will stick with our $1700 a month , 900 sq ft, 2 bedrooms in Brooklyn. After looking at a few episodes of Selling New York it’s clear that there is a certain group of people who think living anywhere other than Manhattan is like living in hell. That’s ridiculous. I’d rather enjoy my extra money.

  • Jess

    Flies and rats, really??? They shouldn’t be IN your house anyway!

  • Gamine

    Absurd. All becuase they’re living in the city center, full of noise and pollution…
    For that asking price, you can get a fabulous home just north of NYC.
    Pretty soon people will resort to living in broom closets.

  • http://peculiaralex.tumblr.com Alex

    2,400 for what exactly?! That better include transportation, laundry/cleaning service for the place and groceries throughout the month.

  • Pseudonym

    People are getting married later (or not at all) and choosing to live alone in larger numbers than ever before. Having so many childless, never-married 30-somethings living alone is a new thing; not that no one ever did it before, but- as libpatriot wrote- it’s more widespread and, hence, becoming the “new normal.”

  • Kam

    It’s NYC people. They pay that much so they don’t have to live around Blacks. It’s all about prestige and to say you live in “X” neighborhood.

  • JN

    Never implied anything about home ownership. I am just saying people should not necessarily live in a closet. Especially for the amount they are charging.

  • JN

    They should not be in your house, I agree. But I am not here to judge other people’s living styles. For all I know there are people who peruse this site who do have these problems. And like I said, you can not control your neighbors.

  • Jen

    Who the hell wants to live around white folks? Do Black people a favor and move your racist asses to the high finance areas. I totally believe in separation of the races, but there must be equality.

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