“Today there are about 1.8 million one – and two-person households in the city, but there are only about 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments. You notice the mismatch,” is what NYC Mayor Bloomberg said in July as he announced a competition for designing a building dominated by micro-studios. Tiny living is a trend that has been catching more attention as people follow the concept “less is more”, when it comes to their living environments. Apartments and houses under 250 square feet have long existed in countries such as Japan and China, but now they’re becoming even more popular in the United States.

adAPT NYC, is a competition which could create a new housing model for New York City. The goal is to show that small doesn’t necessarily mean cramped or unlivable. The objective is to design an apartment no larger than 300 square feet, and it has to include a bathroom with a tub, a kitchen and windows that look out on air and not shafts. The city is providing the space on East 27th Street and the winner will be announced later this year.

Cities like San Francisco and Boston are already adapting to the “tiny living” trend. Boston is already in the process of building micro-studios that are smaller than 450 square feet, to accommodate the mayor’s request.

North Carolina resident Ryan Mitchell, of The Tiny Life, is a long time advocate of smaller living spaces. His website offers tips on how to live in 100 to 200 square feet. “I realize that is an extreme,” said Mitchell told the LA Times. Although he currently lives in a regular sized house, he’s saving to build a tiny home of 130 square feet on two levels. “I don’t expect and I don’t think the majority of us will get to a point where we’re living in that type of dwelling,” Mitchell said. “But I think it’s important to show there’s an alternative to McMansions.”

But don’t assume tiny living is easy on the pockets. In New York city Prudential Douglas Elliman, showed off a 275-square-foot studio for $339,000. At $2,400 a month for rent, the price is still a hefty pill to swallow. Because these developments are modernized, the prices all depend on the area you’re living in, but they still may not be affordable for the average middle-income person.

Could you see yourself living in less than 300 square feet?

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  • Neek

    In the photo the apartment looks fairly reasonable and comfortable. I’m sure the reality is a different story.They should have put the bed on a higher level to maximize on space or used a Murphy bed. I thought that’s what all city dwellers had anyway. I’ve seen decent apartments larger than this go for about $2000 in Manhattan. So $2400 is a rip off. But I’m also guessing that means its in the upper east side. That said, I guess it would be worth it to “some/ certain” people like future members of the 1%. The rest of up will stick with our $1700 a month , 900 sq ft, 2 bedrooms in Brooklyn. After looking at a few episodes of Selling New York it’s clear that there is a certain group of people who think living anywhere other than Manhattan is like living in hell. That’s ridiculous. I’d rather enjoy my extra money.

  • Gamine

    Absurd. All becuase they’re living in the city center, full of noise and pollution…
    For that asking price, you can get a fabulous home just north of NYC.
    Pretty soon people will resort to living in broom closets.

  • 2,400 for what exactly?! That better include transportation, laundry/cleaning service for the place and groceries throughout the month.

  • Kam

    It’s NYC people. They pay that much so they don’t have to live around Blacks. It’s all about prestige and to say you live in “X” neighborhood.

  • Jen

    Who the hell wants to live around white folks? Do Black people a favor and move your racist asses to the high finance areas. I totally believe in separation of the races, but there must be equality.