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Brief Published: 1 Oct 2012

San Francisco’s Micro-Apartments


San Francisco could soon be home to America’s smallest apartments. Plans are afoot to create a building hosting one-bed micro-apartments only 220 sq ft in size (the average two-bed apartment in the US is approximately 850 sq ft).

California-based property developer Patrick Kennedy will reveal his exact designs for the building in November 2012. The apartments will include a kitchen, bathroom and storage space. Other design features specifically attuned to compact living include window seats that can turn into beds, and beds that turn into tables.

These micro-units are intended to provide an affordable alternative for the many residents who are unable to afford the high rental prices in the area. Although not yet confirmed, rental prices for the micro-apartments are expected to be $1,200 to $1,700 a month. Kennedy also plans to build several thousand even smaller units if the city’s building code is amended to reduce the minimum size for a residence from 290 sq ft to 220 sq ft, to allow for more compact living spaces.

For a deeper insight into micro-spaces, see the report Going Micro: The Art and Science of Designing Small Spaces. For more on single residency living, see our report Solo Living: Homes For One.

Patrick Kennedy