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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:29 PM
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World's smallest apartment (?) for rent in London



http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/men/news/s/159/159979...


Flat that was a cupboard is 135 a week
A FORMER storage cupboard is being let in London for 135 a week, it emerged today.

Measuring just 62 square feet, the converted cupboard could well be the smallest flat in the capital.

Its living space is just 7ft 6in by 3ft 4in - into which a kitchenette, shower room and wardrobe space have been squeezed.

The bed is on a raised platform measuring just 7ft 6in by 3ft and is reached using a ladder.



Also an article on the new idea of "microflats", aslo promoted by the same real estate agent...


http://money.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4625810-110118...


Is it time to get a microlife?
The answer to inner-city housing shortages, or battery farms for humans? Barbara Oaff looks at the Microflat lifestyle

Barbara Oaff
Sunday March 16, 2003
Observer

Imagine paying more than 100,000 for a 300 sq ft flat and having to throw out half your clothes to fit into it.
This was reality for 23-year-old sales negotiator Francesca Osborne when she bought her flat in London's Islington 18 months ago. She paid 108,000, and at last count the flat was worth 155,000, despite its diminutive dimensions.

She is not alone in paying prices that, to many, will seem silly for tiny homes. Agents say that there are more buyers chasing small flats than properties available. This is just as well because the Microflat - a trademarked blueprint of a super-svelte living space, which is big on design and small on expense - is being hailed as one solution to Britain's inner city housing crisis.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:33 PM
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1. And I thought my place was small at 700 sqare feet.
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:36 PM
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4. My mom's condo is 700 sq ft - It cost her $250,000
But because of the bubble is worth more now but still.... So little space for so much $$
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:50 PM
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11. That's outrageous. I paid $70,000 for my place and it's a house.
A two bedroom 1 bath house with a nice yard and a detached 1.5 car garage.
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:52 PM
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13. Yeah and the most outrageous part
She still has to pay $350 every month on top of her mortgage in Association dues.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:53 PM
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14. Where does she live?
Tell me so I don't get any ideas about moving there.
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:00 PM
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17. Catalina Island
It's 26 miles off the coast of Long Beach CA.... It's either richy rich or those that serve richy rich that live there it seems.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:35 PM
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2. Wouldn't the Japanese with their micro-hotels would have something smaller
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:37 PM
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5. Yeah, In Tokyo
if you want to save money you sleep in a tube stacked on the wall with dozens of others. You have essentially zero square feet.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:46 PM
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9. Capsule Hotels


about $30/night
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:47 PM
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10. The capsule hotels aren't really all that cheap.
They are, however, very conveniently located, and allow traveling businessmen to stay very close to their destination or major station to avoid delays and high cab fares.

A great way to save money on hotels in Japan is to stay at a "Love Hotel"

The rates are significantly lower and the rooms are spacious, if a bit over-the-top.



The one on the left is only Y8400 ($80) per night, in very desirable Shibuya, Tokyo.


One couple's love hotel experience:

www.links.net/vita/trip/japan/lodging/lovehotel/paruko
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:42 PM
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7. But those are "capsule hotels", not apartments
NT
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:36 PM
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3. Ridiculous.
I would never want to live like that way. Can you imagine if your stove or "hot plate" was right underneath your bed? Gross. Your bed would constantly smell like food.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:37 PM
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6. I am claustrophobic. No way in hell could I live there.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:42 PM
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8. Now, it says 'shower room'. What does that mean? Is there a
toilet there, or just a shower stall, or something? I couldn't live in this space under any circumstances, I don't think, but I would never want to have to go down the hall and share a bathroom with strangers. :scared:
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CalebHayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:16 PM
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20. A lot of times on boats there will be a toilet in the shower.
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CalebHayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:16 PM
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21. delete
Edited on Thu May-26-05 02:17 PM by CalebHayes
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:51 PM
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12. That's smaller than Bruce Willis's apartment in The Fifth Element
:)
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Onlooker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:56 PM
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15. Try Cambridge, MA
Friend of mine bought a 277 sq ft condo in Cambridge for $175,000, and that was cheaper than some of the others he saw. Next door to his is one that's 240 sq ft, and that sold for $150,000.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:59 PM
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16. a tiny house in no. cambridge
buiLt in 1950(ish) and soLd for $52,000 is now worth aLmost 1 miLL

not a bad return. :(
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:01 PM
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18. What do you all do for a living there?
I could never make it there on a truck driver's salary. I'd be living in a half way house.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:01 PM
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19. is that the world's largest spider next to the dude?
:scared:
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BroadwayBrat Donating Member (280 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:24 PM
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22. And I thought my apartment was small!
and I manage to fit a husband, two cats and a turtle in my 550 sq. ft.
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