San Francisco Micro Apartments
Don’t pooh-pooh the pupae-living spaces just yet.
The 1906 magnitude-7.8 quake resulted in an immediate need for housing.
But nearly a quarter of rentals are less than 500 square feet.
"What we have here is a solution," says founder.
Newly seated councilmember admits that he had San Francisco developer’s experimental modular homes in mind when he put the legislation together, and the city is now soliciting bids and scouting locations.
The current tiny home trend shows no signs of shrinking. For a hefty sum, you can score one of the smallest micro apartments in the city, smack in the heart of SoMa, located next to some of the coolest restaurants and AT&T Park. But is it worth it?
We're living pretty small in the city these days. While the majority of San Francisco households have enough bedrooms to accommodate household size, a third of renters are making do with less space, and the stat jumps to more than half for parents.
A Sunset artist calls his custom-made sleeping "pod" an innovative way to cut down on housing costs. Building inspectors, on the other hand, call it a fire hazard, squashing his speculations about ways to monetize the design.
"The pod," as he calls it, is only 8 feet by 5 feet, but Peter Berkowitz says it's the coziest bedroom he's ever had, and that it's no more ridiculous than the rental market these days. People are already asking how to make their own.
The starting price for the small condos is $500,000.
It's located on the former site of Highway 101.