Could You Live in an Apartment the Size of a San Francisco Parking Space?

No, that’s not a rhetorical question, as KQED’s Ian Hill has Storified, below the photo…

Patrick Kennedy, owner of the development firm Panoramic Interests and a key proponent of a move to legalize tiny apartments, has designed scale models of apartments that are nearly as tall as they are wide.(Faircompanies.com via SF Public Press)

  • http://www.facebook.com/CraniumDesigns Steve Davis

    a little too small for me, but many people do this in manhattan, so why not? :) americans THINK they need a lot of space because they own so much CRAP, but they own so much crap because they have a lot of space they feel a need to fill up. myself, I am trying to minimize my CRAP and live in a smaller place. cheaper and less stress FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mannyareyes Manny Reyes

    What you people fail to relize is that most people that are interest in these type apartments leave active social lives which have them out of their home all day long. 

    I could totally do this the only thing I would like to add would be a small outside utility storage like a 5×5 in a separate floor for everyone in the building to keep their toys.  Such as bike, sporting, camping, equipment.

  • Slumjack

    It’s already been going on. Check into The Oasis “apartments” at 350 Turk St. Formerly the YMCA Hotel, it was privatized and then converted to such tiny “apartments”. Years ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/libertymadison Liberty Madison

    I am a huge supporter of the tiny house movement so I like where you are heading with involving the local govt for approval of the small spaces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1144320675 Kristi Short

    I am never home if they would just let me rent a couch at school and a locker to keep clothes in a lot of my problems would be solved. I commute San Jose to Berkeley everyday and I would kill for an option like this. In fact as soon as these are available someone shoot me an email. 

  • http://twitter.com/clparkerson Chris Parkerson

    The alternative in this geographically constrained city is to build respectable spaces upward – which is frowned upon mightily by the well-to-do NIMBY’s already here scared of losing their precious “views” or “neighborhood character.” If we’re not going to allow upward density, this is honestly the only other reasonable solution. It works in Tokyo and many other Asian cities. But, I’m honestly not sure the Entitled Generation(tm) they are expecting to live here could do so without a Prozac IV embedded in the bed!

  • Savemesomespam

    Lame. I’ll keep my 1250sqft place near BART, the Fox and Paramount theatres, dozens of bars and places to eat, and Lake Merritt thank you. It’s hard not being a lemming, but there are rewards.

  • Monika

    Levels always help an apartment feel cozy and usable at the same time. I had a loft bed with a cozy tv watching socializing space underneath. It’s funny how people were drawn to my little space more than larger areas.

  • Teto_isfun13

    this is alot bigger than the apartment I lived in Korea. If they keep the prices low like they did overseas there will have no problem filling this places up.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. I’ve had periods in my life where all I did at home was sleep. Between school, work, and socializing, I was rarely at home, so why should I pay for a big place? Perhaps it can help people escape soul-crushing suburbia and enjoy the city.

    Also, not all of us own cars. With a bike rack outside and a muni stop nearby you’d be fine.

  • Casey

    If the goal is to make single-living dwellings compact and more affordable….then all those fancy finishes and 9 foot bamboo doors sort of defeat the purpose…

  • Anonymous

    There is no such thing as affordable housing in SF. The more you build – the more they come & I’m not talking about the poor.

    Someone asked if we really needed so much space. My answer is HECK YES!! I’m clumsy & tired of bumping into things in my small apartment. I hate cooking in my tiny kitchen where my garbage can is just another work surface.

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