Housing in San Francisco is expensive, and one way to make units cost less is to make them smaller, particularly if there is restrictive zoning and you can get more units in the same building envelope. Now they have squeezed units down to 250 square feet, smaller than most hotel rooms. George Hauser, the architect, notes that they aren't for everyone-
"It's not the last place a person might own, but a great place to spend three to five years as a young single ... to build equity and move up," said Hauser, principal of Hauser Architects in San Francisco. "You're in a small space with great amenities and the resources of the city."
They are nice looking units, with a teensy kitchen with two burner stove and mini-sink. No room for a bed, so they have convertibles. But hey, after dropping 279K to 330K and $270 per month on operating costs and dues, who can afford furniture?
I love the idea of small spaces, of providing an option for young people to get their foot in the door. I love the tag line for the marketing: "It's your small piece of the big city."
I don't love the price- if $1100 per square foot is the price of entry, not very many people are going to get in. But this is a common unit size in Japan and other parts of the world, and if we are going to get more people living in cities this may be what we have to get used to. ::San Francisco Chronicle and ::CubixSF
Other small units in TreeHugger:
Less is More: 300 Square Foot Apartment
Less is the new More:The Nine Month Cure at Apartment Therapy ...
Mississippi Cottages Are Too Nice
New York Times On Living in 435 Square Feet
The Greenest Apartment in London
Sustain MiniHome : Sustainable Prefab Now.
If you buy one, TreeHugger can help you furnish it:
Kitchen in a Suitcase from Coleman
Less is More: This is Not a Ming Vase
Out-of-box Workstation by Planet 3:
Cube 6: Modern Dining Room Furniture for Small Spaces
Cube Style's Dining Table in a Cube
Taking the Top Down on Convertible Beds
Transformer Furniture: Dwell's Convertible Coffee Table