This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
180sf. 2 people. 2 beds, 2 tables, 1 small closet. Shared bathroom with 30 others. Shared coin-operated laundry room. No kitchen. Rented 2’tall refrigerators (for beer). 2nd hand store smelly microwave (for popcorn). 1 small window with 2-pipe wall unit for heat and cooling.
My dorm room was spartan, but I loved it. The high density that comes with such small quarters gave me near live-in closeness with 30 other people on my floor, and most became good friends at a time when I had nobody. Everyone would prop their door open for constant interaction with neighbors. The feel of the place was somewhere between a family and a party.
It’s currently illegal to build “apodments” in Seattle less than 120sf. If I hadn’t wanted a room-mate my dorm would have been 90sf. And that would have been just fine. A while back the City Council ran presentations showing what terrible lives people must have to only afford such small units, as if making these units illegal would have magically allowed them to afford some place bigger. I’m glad that effort has seemed to have gone nowhere. I wish they would remove the 120sf minimum.
Coming up: 180sf A’pod’ments (sorry, paywall – I haven’t read it myself) near Seattle U. Sounds about right to me.