WaPo: (Condo) Size Does Not Matter

by Mark Wellborn


It is no secret that plenty of young home buyers would sacrifice square footage to be a quick walk from their favorite bar or restaurant. While not exactly groundbreaking news, The Washington Post had a good story this past weekend about young renters and buyers who have not only prioritized location, but are making maximum use of every accessible square foot.

Most of the people interviewed for the article live in spaces that range in size from 450 to 600 square feet. However, these small units are more than just homes, serving as offices and art studios for industrious tenants:

Andy Klatt [works] as a consultant for a property management software company from his 450-square-foot studio apartment in a complex near 11th and M streets NW. His rent, $1,200 a month, looked like a deal compared with other places in the area, he said.

“I actually took a pay cut to take this job — to get me at home,” Klatt said. “It was a life choice.”

He said he loves the lack of office politics and commuting traffic and enjoys working while lounging on his couch-bed, computer on his lap or on a computer tray. He has no desk or file cabinets. “I keep it really small. . . . I don’t want my home to feel like an office,” he said.

Statistics in the article seem to bear out that this trend extends beyond DC proper:

In Fairfax County, sales of condos priced from $200,000 to $299,999 rose 81 percent in October from a year earlier and the under-$200,000 market jumped 62 percent, according to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.

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  1. Alexander Baker said at 2:24 pm on Monday December 7, 2009:

    We deal with thousands of renters and can definitely validate this trend.  Although it is most often with those who have already lived in urban areas like DC or New York and have a better understanding of the cost of city living.  Renters from the midwest or south often times get sticker shock when we tell them how little space they can get for their dollar.

  1. Gus said at 7:16 pm on Tuesday December 8, 2009:

    I live in 306 sq. ft. with my 70-lb pitbull.  It’s a frame of mind, totally doable.

  1. Tom said at 10:14 pm on Tuesday December 8, 2009:

    You may be surprised what you can get used to. Four yrs ago moved from my 4BR, 3-level suburban home to 1000 sf Clarendon condo. Two yrs later, I’m in a 760 SF 1BR/dennete in Ballston. Still have the other places, but prefer living here, 5-minute walk to work and close to everything i need. This place is worth more than my home in surburbs.

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