‘aPodments’ – will 10ft by 10ft micro-homes make cities too overcrowded?

Judy Green, 67 says she enjoys living in her 10ft by 10ft micro-apartment in Seattle

Judy Green, 67 says she enjoys living in her 10ft by 10ft micro-apartment in Seattle

Kris King spreads his arms as he shows off his Seattle flat: Even Mr King was initially shocked by the size of the apartment he rented near downtown, which is roughly the size of a large parking space

Kris King spreads his arms as he shows off his Seattle flat: Even Mr King was initially shocked by the size of the apartment he rented near downtown, which is roughly the size of a large parking space.

Not great for dinner parties... King, 36, works as a counselor at a downtown Seattle homeless service centre and pays $750 for his unit, roughly 120 square feet, which includes utilities and Internet

Not great for dinner parties… King, 36, works as a counselor at a downtown Seattle homeless service centre and pays $750 for his unit, roughly 120 square feet, which includes utilities and Internet.

Compact: Mr King stands in the kitchen, which is adjacent to the bed which is next to an open closet

Compact: Mr King stands in the kitchen, which is adjacent to the bed which is next to an open closet

For as little as $500 (£320) a month renters can get a one-bedroom apartment and access to a shared kitchen, often with utilities, furnishings and Internet included.

Most are occupied by young urban singles, retirees who prefer city living, students and others looking to downsize.

Judy Green, 67, lives in an $850 a month apodment which features a sleeping loft, a private toilet and shower, a kitchenette with a sink, fridge and granite countertop, a skylight, two windows and a sliding-glass door to a small private deck.

She is also across the hall from the shared rooftop with a view of the Space Needle.’I think this is a wonderful thing,’ she said.

Smallest of them all? Eddie Rabon, 24, in his 'micro' apartment at West 47th Street, New York City, which he claims is just 55 square feet. New York is one of the cities where such micro-habitations are most popular

Smallest of them all? Eddie Rabon, 24, in his ‘micro’ apartment at West 47th Street, New York City, which he claims is just 55 square feet. New York is one of the cities where such micro-habitations are most popular

If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere: Zaarath and Christopher Prokop - and their two cats - live in what they believe the smallest apartment in New York City

If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere: Zaarath and Christopher Prokop – and their two cats – live in what they believe the smallest apartment in the city, a 175-square-foot ‘microstudio’ in Morningside Heights.

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Source: Attack on U.S. ‘aPodments’ boom as residents warn 10ft by 10ft micro-homes will make cities too overcrowded | Daily Mail Online