I was watching some clips on the AOL home page and ran across a story about Felice Cohen, a New Yorker that is renting a Manhattan apartment. The apartment is located in the desirable (might I even say enviable for some) Upper East West side. Felice considers herself very lucky, indeed, to live in New York City just minutes away from Central Park, famous restaurants, Times Square and all the fun hustle and bustle that goes with living in THE city.
Felice, even has manageable rent by Manhattan standards. She is paying $700 for her little slice of heaven. Here's the rub. The apartment is 90 square foot. I am not talking about the kitchen, nor am I referring to to the guest room...no I am talking about the WHOLE apartment.
I am not "knocking" her choice. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. (again, I have not a freakin clue who "they" are) If living in the city is what rocks Felice's world, more power to her. I am merely pointing out that very few Americans are this "pared" down and can get their stuff into a closet and simultaneously live in said closet.
As a realtor, I see a lot of houses any given week/month/year and I have yet to see a person live in less than 300 square foot. In fact, I had a listing for a little bungalow that was around 780 square foot and I couldn't hardly give the thing away. (it was adorable, by the way) Here in the Heartland, bigger sells over smaller, any day of the week. Just to equate dollars, if a person wanted a $700 house payment they probably could buy a 2400 square foot home with a yard. It would have 3/4 bedrooms and probably 3 bathrooms. (2.5 really but I am rounding up)
Well, to move on to my second thought for Tuesday. Here we have
a second story about a woman that did one better. She has an entire house under 90 square foot. Here is a person that really can minimize. She built her own house and it is 84 square foot.
Her home is the size of a parking spot (well...almost the size of a parking spot). Dee's reasons are to simplify her life. All kidding aside, I actually think she might have the right idea. While I am not on board to actually live in a home smaller than my master bedroom closet, I applaud the "concept" of living a less materialistic life. You go, Dee. If it wasn't for the whole claustrophobia thing, you have to love the fact her winter heating bill is $6.00.
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