Since last May, I have lived in a 170 square foot studio apartment. I honestly like the size and simplicity as a single guy. I have all I need, and I’m in walking distance to most things. I think living in an micro apartment has been a really cool thing for me. However, it does have some drawbacks. So, I’m gong to list some of the pro’s and con’s of living my life in a micro apartment followed by some pictures.
- Location. I get to experience life in an urban setting. I live in an area called Ballard, and I can walk to the grocery store, drug store, cafes, pubs, coffee shops, bookstores, eye doctor, dentist, and several different parks. I’m also two blocks away from a bus stop that takes me straight into the heart of downtown Seattle.
- I can live alone. In a densely populated city where space is in high demand, housing can be pricey, and many times you are required to have multiple roommates.
- I don’t hold on to stuff. I think twice about buying anything because I often think, “That’s cool, but it won’t fit in my house.” It reminds me of what I really need.
- Utilities included in rent. Water, sewer, electricity, and even WiFi internet are included in my rent cost.
- Communal kitchens. There are no ovens in my personal unit. My apartment has a microwave, fridge, counter, and sink; but if I want to cook something in an oven or on a stove top, I have to use the communal kitchen down the hall.
- It’s very small for visitors. I’ve had several people visit Seattle and spend a night or two in my unit. The twin air mattress literally takes up most of the floor space.
- It’s not cheap. It’s cheaper than almost anything else in Seattle, but that’s not saying much. My unit it $770 a month, and while that does include utilities and rent, that would be unthinkable in almost every other city for the size of my apartment.
- Parking. Micro apartment buildings do not usually have their own parking, and parking in Seattle can be frustrating. I often have to park about four blocks away from my building.