Tiny Apartment in New York

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Aussie Willy, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

    18,143
    2,174
    113
  2. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

    18,190
    2,769
    113
    Wow. Space saving is one thing but I would get major claustrophobia sleeping that close to the ceiling.
     
  3. antmanb

    antmanb Well-Known Member

    3,783
    1,723
    113
    You can't imagine she has much of....a love life, with the bed being that close to the ceiling :p
     
  4. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member

    12,998
    2,360
    113
    I'm not sure if I could do that, but it was interesting.

    She has what she needs and seems happy there.

    But wow, it's really small.



    Yeah, I think I would have sacrificed some of the height of the closet (says the woman that needs a walk in and two other closets in her house.. lol ) to lower the bed a couple feet at least, and maybe built the closet out another couple feet to the side and built her sweater shelves along the side there.

    Changing the sheets on that bed would be a nightmare too.
     
  5. Nan

    Nan Just me

    6,788
    2,466
    113
    I saw an episode of Internatinal Househunters within the last year (and a re-run just last week) of a young lady looking for a place in Paris and one of the apartments she looked at was very similar to this including the loft bed. If I remember correctly, it was the one she picked.
     
  6. a56

    a56 New Member

    232
    9
    0
    I think I saw that episode - the American Francophile from New Orleans, who was apartment hunting with her mom in Paris. I think it was about the same size (90 square feet?) and the ceilings were at a steep angle. Totally claustrophobic. This Manhattan apartment has higher ceilings and may be slightly less claustrophobic except for sleeping in the bed (like sleeping in a coffin with a bar rail on one side).
     
  7. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

    4,146
    1,134
    113
    It's amazing what people will put up with when they want status! But if it's really her choice, that's fine.
     
  8. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    3,358
    538
    113
    This is most likely an illegal conversion and not really an apartment because there is no kitchen. I think the toilet is also not oriented properly according to the building code.

    Someone looking to make a quick buck took an existing structure and carved it up into apartments that really aren't legal, or at least that's what it looks like from the short look we got in the video.

    I tried to look through the NYC building codes to check, but they are so difficult to read that I couldn't really get an answer.
     
  9. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

    31,363
    8,600
    113
    she seems to like it but she said she also rents studio space for her shrinky dinks. i think i would rather rent one space and use it for both.
     
  10. Cupid

    Cupid Well-Known Member

    3,491
    606
    113
    I like the reader comment at the end:"crazy person alert" :lol:
     
  11. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    10,291
    2,218
    113
    It's really not that bad. People are adaptable.
     
  12. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    13,419
    1,883
    113
    I just saw that again too. She did pick the one with the loft bed - I think it was similar to this except more space was devoted to the bathroom. I recall that she was hoping for 20 square meters, but she could only get about 16-18 sq meters and stay within her budget. Is that right? I think she paid about $160,000.

    The really really tiny one she saw was about as wide as this one, but not nearly as long and with low ceilings. There was a little dormer window by the kitchenette (half fridge and hot plate), and she had to crouch down to get in and out of the window space and she hit her head on the ceiling getting out. She was 5'9". It was big enough for a bed, a side table and a small chair without any of the storage in this NY apartment. I think the bathroom was just a toilet and she had to share a shower down the hall. And the sale price was $100,000.
     
    Nan and (deleted member) like this.
  13. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    7,909
    1,370
    113
    I agree! It must be freeing, not being encumbered by lots of stuff...
     
  14. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    13,148
    2,391
    113
    I'm really paranoid, so a small space works for more because I can see everything. However, that's just insane. If she feels good about it, then more power to her.
     
  15. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    9,112
    1,478
    113
    I lived in a place of that size for three years. It was 20 square meters, but most of it was bathroom + corridor. It was not a nice experience.
    ETA: I was confused about the actual size... her flat is tiny. Yuck. It was bad enough with a flat double that size.
     
  16. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    3,358
    538
    113
    Except she actually has tons of stuff - look at all the storage boxes and the clothes hanging in her 'closet'. There's actually a lot of stuff in that small space.
     
  17. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    4,878
    828
    113
    And the storage boxes and all the trappings of organizing that much stuff in that small of a space makes it look like someone's storage closet with a bed.

    I don't think people need huge homes, but that's ridiculous.
     
  18. genegri

    genegri Active Member

    860
    79
    28
    It really isn't that bad. I could live in that room pretty comfortably. I have less stuff than she does. DH, on the other hand, would freak out.

    The only change I would make is to have a thinner mattress so I can have a little more clearance over my head and face in that sleeping area. Assuming I was right that the big dark green thing I saw was all mattress.
     
  19. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    7,909
    1,370
    113
    Compared to the average person, she hardly has any stuff at all. It just looks like a lot because it's in such a small place.
     
  20. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    3,358
    538
    113
    You can't compare her to the average person; this is NY - she needs to be compared to the average NYer and the tons of small, quirky apartments that exist all throughout Manhattan. (If I had a dime for every Manhattan apartment I've seen that had a shower in the kitchen or built-by-the-tenant loft beds and closets because there was no other choice, I'd never have to work another day in my life.)
     
  21. soxxy

    soxxy Guest

    That's an awfully convenient location in Manhattan. I could easily live there for that price.
     
  22. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    7,909
    1,370
    113
    O.k., take it easy... :drama: :drama: :drama:
     
  23. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    14,084
    650
    113
    I wouldn't have a problem living in a small apartment/house like this one, but I'm in agony just thinking about sleeping in a bed so close to the ceiling. :drama:
     
  24. soxxy

    soxxy Guest

    I'd wear a helmet until I got used to it....;)
     
    WindSpirit and (deleted member) like this.
  25. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    14,084
    650
    113
    :lol: I agree!
     
  26. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

    9,666
    840
    113
    This appartment was featured few days ago in one of the "remodeling" shows on HGTV (Home and Garden TV) in USA. I don't remember the name of the show, but it has a female host, located in NY with 2 female assistants.

    Well...... at the time of the show this tiny appartment was occupied by the 2 assistants (a couple), and the Host renovated it...

    Made the "upstairs bedroom" into "Aladdin's den" with Oriental flavor.
    Changed the ladder that leads up to a lighter version.
    Changed configuration of the closet in the hall-way.
    Installed a wall-bed/pull out bed
    Put mirrors on the side walls to visually expand the narrow guest area
    etc.....
    Looked comfy enough for 2 people...

    (I could not find a video).
     
  27. jamesy

    jamesy wind up merchant

    10,289
    5,931
    113
    That was an episode of Dear Genevieve. (Genevieve Gorder, not our admin. :lol: ) Apparently the 2 don't live there full-time, but it was impressive how the apartment was changed to comfortably fit 2 people.
     
    genevieve and (deleted member) like this.
  28. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    10,291
    2,218
    113
    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but people seem really offended by this. Why? I wouldn't choose to live in that small of a space personally, but it obviously works for her. I don't get what the big deal is.

    Of course, there is the legality issue on whether or not it fits building code. However, considering she volunteered to have her apartment featured in a nationally-circulated video/article, I guess there's no problem with it, or if there is, something may be done about it.
     
  29. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    25,271
    5,593
    113
    I could live in a pretty small apt, but I couldn't sleep that close to the ceiling all the time.
     
  30. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    13,419
    1,883
    113
    When I lived in NY in the late 70s to early 90s, my friend lived for at least 10 years in an SRO (single room occupancy) with a shared bathroom down the hall and just a half fridge with an electric burner hotplate. It was tiny like the apartment in the video. She paid $90 a month. She loved it - her closet was under the bed loft and she had space for a desk and small sofa. She danced in Bway shows and went on tour a lot, then she worked in restaurants and went to design school in between shows so she was rarely home. She saved her $$ for all those years and then moved back to the Bay Area and had enough $$ for a down payment on a :kickass: water view house in Sausalito she bought with her boyfriend. Bought it for 400k, sold it years later for 2 million and has a huge spread in Kirkland, WA with another killer view. All on her savings from living small in NYC. Not bad.