(edit: as pointed out in the comments, the correct house is hiding behind the home in the picture)
Real estate blog SeattleBubble runs an occasional series titled Cheapest Homes, where blog author The Tim finds the cheapest homes in Seattle. I love this month’s cheapest house. $136k, 0 bedrooms, 360sf. Apodment meets single family home. With a 30 year mortgage assuming no down payment and 4% interest that’s $650 a month (well, plus taxes, insurance, and utilities unlike aPodments). Not nearly as walkable as aPodments, but you get quite a yard (there’s more behind the house).
Note that the 3,000 sf of land it’s on, that could fit more than 8 of these cottages, is well under the nominal minimum lot size for Seattle of 5,000sf. You simply couldn’t build on this “small” of a plot of land without being grandfathered in.
Of course, in a logical world we’d let people build, say, 4 of these on that piece of land, each with up to a 390sf yard, and this would tend to make them even more affordable. If enough people wanted this type of housing it would boost densities in our single family neighborhoods without changing their character, which could lead to better retail nearby and better transit. Seattle’s coming to a reasonable compromise on our rules for some new small homes, allowing them on lots as small as 2,000sf* in exchange for not allowing them to be built tall. But I’d love to see us go further and remove minimum lot sizes for tiny homes like these.
* But only for plots that were created before 1957, with the correct documentation. This does not change the minimum of 5,000sf in most cases, and you can’t simply divide existing lots.