The Smallest Apartment Ever?

by Mark Wellborn

The Smallest Apartment Ever?: Figure 1

Earlier this month, we looked at a studio in Dupont Circle that we concluded was one of the smallest units on the market in DC at the time. In our weekly departure from DC real estate fare, we have found a property in Manhattan that makes that studio look spacious.

In their annual real estate issue, New York Magazine profiles a studio at the southern tip of Harlem that measures out at just 175 square feet. The apartment was built from the space leftover after three one and two-bedroom units were built in a co-op building. Here is how the magazine described the palatial pad:

They called it the “micro-studio.” It’s ten by fourteen feet, plus a bathroom; if you were to bring in a queen-size bed, which would take up nearly 20 percent of the room, there’d be just enough space for a dresser, a chair, and a couple of end tables.

Despite its size, the unit is in a nice building in Manhattan, so the listing broker put it on the market for $195,000 (that’s right, about $1,114 a square foot). Reality set in and at the end of the summer the unit was under contract for $150K. While it may seem ridiculous to buy an apartment this small, the new owner plans to use it as a pied-a-terre in the city. And apparently the views are breathtaking.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_smallest_apartment_ever/1374


  1. Brandon Green said at 6:59 pm on Friday October 2, 2009:
    Wow--that is a little tight!
  1. stella said at 7:15 pm on Friday October 2, 2009:
    I remember a few years back seeing something on TV about an apartment in London that was only 75 SF. It was a converted closet or something and also marketed as a pied a terre. Craziness...
  1. Frederick "Fritz" Hubig said at 8:06 pm on Friday October 2, 2009:
    I remember my friends pad in NYC, where the shower was right next to the stove to save space. It made for an interesting shower experience, to say the least..What people will do!
  1. Hdub said at 2:46 pm on Sunday December 20, 2009:
    Its like Jemaine's apt on FOTC!

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