We find out how New York City's first micro-unit apartment building does small so well.
As rising housing prices in urban areas put the squeeze on square footage, a new generation of designers, architects and developers are learning to do more with less. Locally we’re no stranger to the micro-condo—Vancouver and more recently Calgary are both home to these units under 400 square feet—but farther south, construction is near completion on New York City’s first micro-unit apartment building, Carmel Place, set to welcome residents this March. Looking at the interior photos, it’s hard to believe the modest specs. The modular studio apartments (which range between 260 and 360 square feet) have already attracted more than 60,000 applicants for just 55 units, with market-rate rents starting at around $2,500 a month. Western Living caught up with the Monadnock Development project developer, Tobias Oriwol, to find out how the Manhattan micro-apartments make small-space living look so attractive. Click Through for Photos of NYC’s First Micro-Unit Apartment Building