‘micro’ Apartments – The Newest Trend In Housing Across The Us


Picture yourself living in a 300 square-foot minuscule apartment, and paying the same rent price as you would for a place three times the size.

That’s exactly what an increasing number of renters are doing these days just to be able to claim zip code in some of the country’s most expensive places to live.

Cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. are among such places where these so-called ‘micro apartments’ are becoming increasingly popular among those who wish to live in city centers.


With many dense real estate markets across the US in the midst of a housing shortage, micro apartments are providing residents with an option to still be able to call the downtown core home, while being able to afford to do so. But “affordable” and “cheap” are nowhere near synonymous in these cases; a 300 square-foot mini pad can cost as much as $1,700 per month in San Fran, while the first micro apartment in Manhattan costs $2,750 a month, and is a mere 302 square feet.

Also known as “micro lofts” and “aPodments,” the average size ranges from anywhere between 220 to 400 square feet – much smaller than conventional apartments across the US.

All you’ll usually find in these teensy apartments are beds (usually fold-up), a bathroom, and somewhere to sit and enjoy your coffee. Large apartments will come with their own kitchenette, while others don’t.

While ‘small’ has been the norm in many downtown areas like Manhattan or Boston, micro apartments are springing up in more cities where land is limited, and rents have skyrocketed.

Accommodating a Change in Demographics

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