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Micro Apartment

Can you live in this tiny nook?

There was a great feature in the New York Post last week as they revealed the city’s smallest apartment. It is only 10 feet wide and none of the “extra” space that you’d expect from typical apartments around, obviously. The report describes, “(It is) a 175-square-foot “microstudio” in Morningside Heights the couple bought three months ago for $150,000. At 14.9 feet long and 10 feet wide, it’s about as narrow as a subway car and as claustrophobic as a jail cell. But to the Prokops, it’s a castle… The couple wakes up every morning in their queen-size bed, which takes up one-third of the living space. They then walk five feet toward the tiny kitchen, where they pull out their workout clothes, which are folded neatly in two cabinets above the sink. A third cabinet holds several containers of espresso for their only kitchen appliance, a cappuccino maker.”

Meanwhile, we’re interested in how some readers are astounded by the miniature abode they found out. Some were wondering how the couple can survive inside with their 2 cats. Others agree that they are literally in a jail cell. Well, to some people in other countries, the micro apartment’s size is double that of their standard studio condominiums. Take for example in Asia where studio units are between 13 and 15 sq.m. (139 sq.ft. and 161 sq.m.). Their real estate developers profit much from upscale residences at the expense of space.

Then again, it’s in New York and the price of paying for a small space is nothing compared to the prospects of launching a resident’s career. They can stay in small apartments and yes, even invite felines and canines, but let’s face it, even if the Prokops believe that their place is a “castle”, it would be more believable if they added the words, “at least for now”.

Staying in small apartments would only work if most of the developments in the area offer the same sizes.

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