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2012-12-08 04:24:25 PM
I snickered.
 
2012-12-08 04:28:27 PM
1. Be single
2. Be under 6' & 200 lbs
3. Not mind a twin bed/futon/sofa/fold out
4. Not have guests often
5. Not have a table to speak of
6. Spend most of your time away from home
 
2012-12-08 05:15:25 PM
That's a little tight, but ... I've got at least one relative who has a smaller apartment in the wall st. area. Helps if you've never home except to sleep or change clothes, I guess.
 
2012-12-08 05:25:26 PM
I love that headline.

+1'd accordingly!
 
2012-12-08 05:28:08 PM
I'm from NY and this apartment is a stadium compared to some of the places I've seen. Good for her though, she knows what to do with it, but this is in no way an astonishingly good use of space.
 
2012-12-08 06:31:04 PM
Q. Howtolivewellin425squarefeet
A. Embezzle

mmehfighter.com
 
2012-12-08 07:15:42 PM
1. Don't
 
2012-12-08 07:17:24 PM
Yawn, etc.
 
2012-12-08 07:18:13 PM
Having shelves at the foot of the bed would be horrible. Like sleeping in a shoe box.

I prefer a tad more space myself.
 
2012-12-08 07:21:42 PM
meh.... sounds like the size of your average old school bachelor apartment.
 
2012-12-08 07:22:21 PM
My garage is 1735 sq. ft.
 
2012-12-08 07:22:37 PM
what the hell's an howt olive?!
 
2012-12-08 07:22:52 PM
So it would be like college but with twice the space?
 
2012-12-08 07:23:06 PM
I haven't read the article, but let me guess: She's a blogger.
 
2012-12-08 07:23:14 PM
seattletimes.com

Holy crap. Is she a Hobbit?
 
2012-12-08 07:26:08 PM
Get your ass to Ikea and get over it, there's an awful lot of wasted vertical space in that apartment.

...which just gave me an idea for some hanging shelves that I need to run past my husband. Crap.

/live in a smaller apartment in the city
//we made our choices, get over it.
 
2012-12-08 07:26:54 PM
Pikers.

I spent 8 months living in an 8*12*8 room (In fairness, it was a dorm, so my food was elsewhere. And I put the desktop at the head of the bed so I could use my bed as a chair/table), and then I spent 4 months splitting an under 350 sq ft. apartment.

/Looks at article.
//Seriously, that's about 2/3rds the size of my 2 person apartment now.
///Yay dorms, and overpriced Boston rents.
 
2012-12-08 07:27:17 PM
this 'micro apartment' horseshiat is just a sign that the owners are just trying to squeeze out even more money from the proles. i hope they spend eternity in a farking 4x4 box for their greed.
 
2012-12-08 07:28:51 PM
That would be great, as long as you aren't home much. More power to you if this works for you.
 
2012-12-08 07:29:09 PM
Living in 200 sq ft for 3 years now.
With 1 dog and four cats.
Think vertical.
 
2012-12-08 07:29:20 PM
www.chicagonow.com
 
2012-12-08 07:30:52 PM
When I lived in a 300 square foot apartment as a student (which was a perfectly functional size for my needs at the time) I had to stick with a firm rule of "no knick-knacks". They serve no purpose other than to take up valuable storage space, get in the way, and create a pain-in-the-ass come cleaning time. Her apartment is a failure of making good use of a small space. You'd have to throw the dozens of throw cushions out of the way in order to sit or sleep, except there's no where to throw them to. You can't set a drink down anywhere. She can't even put her farking laptop on the desk, never mind spread out some papers. That's not a living space, that's a tasteful hoarder's gew-gaw emporium.
 
2012-12-08 07:31:23 PM
Just kinda scanned over the article before I read it. A line stood out where someone described him or herself as a "maximalist."

:|

Then I closed the tab.
 
2012-12-08 07:31:29 PM
i get it, subby, no space. very clever...well played.
 
2012-12-08 07:32:10 PM
Ugh. I spent a couple years in a NYC SRO. Screw decorating...mini-fridge and dual hotplate was all I needed. It's not so bad if you just consider it nothing more than an eating and sleeping space.
 
2012-12-08 07:32:24 PM

A stranger in the Alps: [www.chicagonow.com image 480x360]


beaufortcountynow.com
 
2012-12-08 07:33:14 PM

ElLoco: Just kinda scanned over the article before I read it. A line stood out where someone described him or herself as a "maximalist."

:|

Then I closed the tab.


Oh Christ. Why is it illegal to shoot these people?
 
2012-12-08 07:33:36 PM
Lets see...

How rare is a name like Skyla Freeman? I'm showing one making $60k a year as a communication director.

I'd love to see how diminutive she is but this is the only pic I can find.

www.washingtonpost.com

Anyone able to make a scale estimate on this one?
 
2012-12-08 07:33:43 PM
My two story house is just over 900 sq. ft. My payment to the bank each month is under $400. Insurance and taxes included.

/csb
 
2012-12-08 07:33:49 PM
I live in a 3500 square foot loft and it feels small.

Can't fathom living in something that cramped.
 
2012-12-08 07:35:19 PM

A stranger in the Alps: www.chicagonow.com


HAHAHAHAHA

Aw, man, I miss that ad...
 
2012-12-08 07:35:35 PM
I spent about a decade living in about 150 square feet. With my cat. It's OK if you're single and have the right personality, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Now I live in about 400 square feet . . . plus about 1600 square feet of storage.

All the people saying "vertical" are right, and probably real estate indoor space should be measured in cubic feet, not square feet. A small apartment with 9' ceilings is quite different from one with 7' ceilings.
 
2012-12-08 07:38:50 PM
What the hell is a foo dog?
 
2012-12-08 07:38:54 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Unless you want to be some kind of freak and live in my closet.
 
2012-12-08 07:39:18 PM
shiat call the U.S. navy, they packed 25 of us in a space the size of a Volkswagen mini bus and still found room to run 3 cableways and 5 high pressure pipes through the same space, I still can't get the smell of the USS Iwo Jima out of my nose and its been 28+ years....

/to the navy Marine and sardine are synonymous
 
2012-12-08 07:39:50 PM
Smaller spaces can be fine.

I had a studio apartment that was about 350 square feet. There was room for a twin bed, sofa, desk, dresser, and a chair. It was fine.

Currently, I'm in an apartment that's 495 square feet. There's a living room big enough for a sofa, chair and my AV gear, a normally sized bedroom and a full bath. It mostly works for me. I have a desk and bookcases in the dining area.

I'd like maybe another 200 square feet so I could have an office along with a dining room table. Also a little room for more of a counter in the kitchen, room for a dishwasher, washer and dryer.
 
2012-12-08 07:39:58 PM

BlippityBleep: this 'micro apartment' horseshiat is just a sign that the owners are just trying to squeeze out even more money from the proles. i hope they spend eternity in a farking 4x4 box for their greed.


It depends.

On the one hand, I really don't want to pay for space that I'm not using.

On the other hand, if they're charging 80-90% of the same price for the dinky apartment as they are for the uber-super apartment, that's a problem. (San Francisco, I'm looking at you. I'm apartment searching, a studio is $1400, and subletting someone's furnished 2nd bedroom in a 2 BR apartment is $800).

/Also, any tips on how to find an apartment/empty bedroom in the Valley from the midwest?
 
2012-12-08 07:40:02 PM
What do you want to bet that she either (1) has a 10x20 storage locker filled to the top with her REAL stuff or (2) she keeps her real stuff stored at her parents' house.

425 square feet is not a lot of living space if you actually like to spend a lot of time at home... unless you're a gerbil.
 
2012-12-08 07:40:16 PM
I lived for a year in a 300 square foot apartment, with my boyfriend.

It worked, but it came pre-furnished and the landlady wouldn't let us get rid of the sofa, so that sucked. If I'd been able to choose the furnishing myself, it would have been more than enough room.

In fact, I'd love to have something that size again. As long as it has a bed, a desk, and a cooking range, I'm good.
 
2012-12-08 07:41:07 PM
She's a former Bush White House staffer. I like the thought of someone from W's administration living in a 425 sq. ft. space. Although I think it should have bars on the door.
 
2012-12-08 07:41:39 PM
take shallow breaths, and whatever you do, don't fart
 
2012-12-08 07:41:44 PM

whistleridge: 1. Be single
2. Be under 6' & 200 lbs
3. Not mind a twin bed/futon/sofa/fold out
4. Not have guests often
5. Not have a table to speak of
6. Spend most of your time away from home


I have a husband and 4 kids, once the twins got over 2 yrs old 1400 sq ft was no where near enough.
 
2012-12-08 07:43:08 PM
During the mid-90's, I lived for 23 years in a 23 square foot apartment with a monkey and a Ford F150.
 
2012-12-08 07:43:09 PM
Would have been a palace to us. There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road.
 
2012-12-08 07:43:12 PM

prekrasno: What the hell is a foo dog?


Link
 
2012-12-08 07:43:20 PM
as someone who lived in the kitchen of his previous apartment, i'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2012-12-08 07:43:26 PM
Who 'curates' their home? WTH does that mean?

If I lived in a home the size of a matchbox I'd at least have the sense of humor to put up framed sandpaper on one wall, say it's art and call it "The Striker".
 
2012-12-08 07:43:56 PM
So in, like, any other country in the world outside of the USA- wouldn't 425 square feet be considered reasonable for a single person?
 
2012-12-08 07:45:48 PM
my kingsized bed would take up 42 sq ft of that apartment

/sleeps diagonally and still hang off the end
 
2012-12-08 07:47:11 PM

BlankSlate: Living in 200 sq ft for 3 years now.
With 1 dog and four cats.
Think vertical.


Vertical cat litter?

/so glad I have a basement for my 3 beasts
//yes, my basement has one function: cat pooping
 
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