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California's Micro Apartment Craze

By Tiffany Raiford

Most of the trends that sweep the country begin right here in California. The home of the rich and famous, California is known for its unique ability to make almost anything popular and desirable. These trends, however, do not merely apply to fashion. Right now, California's biggest trend is the micro apartment. If you've never heard of a micro apartment, you must not be from around here or you've been living beneath a rock.

What is a Micro Apartment?

The concept of a micro apartment is really pretty simple. It's a tiny apartment. Micro apartments in California are the tiniest versions of a home. They're the anti-spacious home. Why, then, are they such a growing craze? These tiny apartments range anywhere from 180 to 300 square feet, which is barely the size of most master bedrooms. However, despite their tiny nature, these apartments are the current craze for Californians.

Why Micro Apartments are Popular

The secret behind the increasing popularity of micro apartments comes down to money. These apartments allow singles, retirees and young people who want to live in the state's most expensive and desirable cities to do so on a budget. With a micro apartment, you can live in some of California's most desirable zip codes for less than most people spend each month on their car notes.

The Benefits of Micro Apartments

Those who live in micro apartments state that there are a number of benefits. The first, of course, is location. You can live in the heart of a major city, close to work, entertainment, restaurants and everything else you could ever want because it's so affordable. Cost, of course, is the other benefit. Micro apartments are insanely inexpensive. Finally, when you live in an apartment so small, it forces you to get out and have some fun. You will finally take the time to explore your city, meet new people and engage in new activities.

The Disadvantages of Micro Apartments

Like anything else in life, there are drawbacks to living in a micro apartment. One such disadvantage is space. You no longer have room for cocktail parties and gatherings, to have friends come stay at your place or even to keep the majority of your belongings. Picture the average size living room of an average size house; now add a bathroom and a kitchen and a closet into that living room. That's what a micro apartment looks like. You won't have a big kitchen or a walk-in closet. In fact, your closet might be more like cabinets and shelves on the wall.

Micro apartments might be the perfect option for you if your primary home is outside of the city, but you need a place near work during the week. It's small enough to be affordable, provides you with just enough of the amenities you need to relax and unwind after a long day at the office and they're in most major cities. There are advantages and disadvantages to living in a micro apartment. It's your job to weigh them both and see what works for you.

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