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Micro Apartments In the Northeast: Pros and Cons

The northeast corridor is increasingly packed, and in urban areas where space is at a premium a new style of apartment is becoming popular. Smaller apartments, like studios and one bedroom units, have begun to reshape the landscape of urban real estate, particularly among certain types of renters. What follows are some things to consider when looking at micro apartments.

Increasing Popularity

In apartments, these days smaller is becoming more popular. In many cities in the densely packed northeast, renters are trying out new ways to make the most of the spaces available while being frugal. The elements of this new trend surround the dimensions of the space and the usage. The dimensions of micro-dwellings; micro apartments, micro studios, and the like; vary depending on the regulations of the local governments. In New York City, for example, micro-studio units can be as small as 300 square feet complete with kitchens, bathrooms with tubs and city views through windows and in Boston the minimum size of a studio apartment has shrunk to 450 square feet. Downtown Hartford micro-apartments range between 480 and 950 square feet. In order to make these spatial constraints work renters have to get creative about their usage of the space which translates into creative usage and arrangement of furniture. One of the most obvious difference makers in the spatial arrangement of mini dwellings is the multi-purpose room. Multipurpose rooms are exactly what they sound like; rooms which, due to space restrictions in the apartment, must serve multiple purposes, like bedrooms that have couches in them to make for social areas, kitchens with washing machines and the like.


Micro-dwellings work very well for renters from particular demographics with financial situations and other realities that make money a much more substantial concern than space. This means that for young professionals in urban environments, the recently divorced or separated, or students attending schools in cities, these rental setups could be perfect. One of the largest factors for the younger demographics is the financial strain of student loan payments. Micro apartments can offer them opportunities to live in urban centers affordably and, given, the lack of significant need for large spaces among such groups, micro apartments can be a good way to work around financial constraints when living alone. For example, living in a micro apartment in Hartford, CT in a space between 480 and 950 square feet can cost as little as $,1000 monthly. Micro apartments are good for those with less of a need for space and a with a tighter budget who may need or want to live on downtown but who can't afford the frequently exorbitant prices of normal sized apartments in higher priced areas.


Micro dwellings do have their limitations and things that need to be considered when evaluating whether they are right for you. Micro apartments and such are not as suited for families. Children and families grow in size and it numbers and a micro dwelling may not offer enough personal space for each member of the family. Children also aren't benefited from living in such tight quarters. As they grow physically, mentally and emotionally, the lack of space can negatively influence their development. Additionally it has been suggested that living in micro dwellings might exacerbate the stresses that renters beyond their twenties may face. Tighter quarters can increase the influence of these stresses which could make living in such a small space untenable.

Micro dwellings can be a very attractive option for renters for whom money is tight and location is key. Keep in mind that these are not always effective places to live for families or for those more advanced in their years. As always, do your research and consider a variety of options when thinking about where you and your family live.

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