Living Super Small in Seattle

Not actually the Vederé housing complex. (Photo: Alexandre Dulaunoy [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

Small living ftw!

The Videré housing complex in Seattle, Wash., is making a big splash by going small. The rooms in the complex will be as small as 90 square feet and no larger than 168 square feet. Each apartment consists of a single room with a small attached bathroom and will be furnished and cable-ready, but without a private kitchen — each of the complex's six units will have a communal kitchen on the first floor.

The apartments will cost between $500 and $600 per month with all utilities and Internet service included.

These are comparable in size to the Tumbleweed Tiny Houses and will be attractive to a lot of people. I have lived in space that small; I spent some time living in old servants' quarters behind a huge house in Chapel Hill that wasn't bigger than 125 square feet. It had a "kitchen" sink not much bigger than those found in airplane bathrooms, but it worked for me at the time.

Heck, a lot of us spend years living in college dorm rooms and have a great time doing it. This is just a grownup dorm room, without the RAs and John Belushi College posters.

Small is greener -- small living uses less energy, electricity and is a great motivator for consuming less -- you have nowhere to keep excess stuff. Living in a densely populated downtown city usually means great walkability -- people can walk (or bus, bike, or subway) to the places they need to go to live, the grocerY stores and workplaces and movie theaters of our collective experience.

What about you? Do you live small? Have you lived small? What's the smallest square foot apartment/house that you've lived in? How was it?