I am excited to share that I have just had my offer accepted to buy a “micro-condo” in San Francisco’s SOMA district. At only 264 sq ft, this might seem mind-boggling small (my last house in Tucson was 1500 sq ft) and is even smaller than the 390 sq ft studio I’ve been renting for the last 12 months, but it has been designed from the ground up for “microliving.”
It’s in the CubixSF building, which opened in 2008, with 98 units, all 300 sq ft or less. Each is designed with small but high quality appliances and efficient floor plans, augmented by a shared 9th floor roof garden with glass cabanas, a BBQ grill and 360º views.
It does have much less built-in closet/drawer space than my current studio, which might be an initial challenge, but it comes with a 24 sq ft storage space in the building basement, which will take care of suitcases, camping gear, skis, etc. and will also be a handy place to store my bikes. (Some might argue that that should be included in the total square footage of the “space.”)
I try to apply William Morris‘s golden rule before I buy (or keep) something: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This has helped me keep my pile of stuff quite small after moving out of the “big” Tucson house, but I will need to choose some furniture for the new space, such as a sleeper-sofa and a dining table. Hopefully I will be able to make a choice of sofa in much less than the 10 years it took Steve Jobs.
I am very excited by this change. The small footprint is a delightful challenge, not a burden, and this corner unit is full of light and air. I take inspiration from mindful small living practitioners like Life Edited‘s Graham Hill, who said in his 2011 TED Talk “Let’s make room for the good stuff!”
Despite the size, I want to equip it so that I can comfortably accommodate one overnight guest and four for dinner, since hosting visitors and small dinners is a great pleasure for me. I want to create an inspiring workplace, and a cozy reading place. Those are “good stuff.”