It’s always interesting to read about the “urban housing crisis” or whatever you want to call it.
Basically, the question is, how do you best provide safe, affordable housing to poor people who live in urban areas? Well, how does government provide this, is the real question. If you don’t buy into the idea that government should have a role (and I guess I don’t), that’s a whole other conversation, isn’t it?
There is a housing affordability crisis in the downtown Boston real estate market and all over the country. I think that tiny Boston condos for sale and micro-apartments might be a solution.
There isn’t really an agreed-upon definition for a tiny Boston condo. I think of condos that are less than 300 square feet and have found many that are less than 300 or even 200 square feet of finished living space. When they get down to 100 square feet they seem too small to call home.
These dwellings are much less expensive than a more standard size downtown condo. The idea is to spend less on housing and have fewer belongings and more time to spend doing something besides working for money and accumulating stuff that requires space.
Smaller condominiums also cost less to heat and cool and to insure. They require less maintenance and less furniture.
On average people who own tiny homes have money in the bank and many of them have no mortgage.
Today isn’t at all unusual for first time home buyers to be looking for smaller condos with less square feet They don’t have enough stuff to fill it up so they start acquiring and accumulating.
Some studies have suggested that families who live in tighter quarters get along better because they spend more time together. Yet the most common reason for wanting a bigger house is to have room for children.
Having a tiny home far away from the city isn’t as sustainable as having it in the city close to amenities and jobs and perhaps using public transportation.
Accessory dwellings units, which are tiny houses in people’s back yards have been permitted in St. Paul, since 2016. I have seen a few. They can only house relatives or be used as offices or studios.
When something comes on the market in the area that is small I usually go see it. We all have the idea of a dream house, I dream small.
There are numerous websites dedicated to tiny houses and they can be built from kits that can be ordered online but there aren’t any kits for tiny condos. We are not seeing micro-apartments yet but they are sure to travel from the coasts and make it inland in the next decade or so and eventually maybe we will be able to put some tiny houses on city lots.