It has just been the first anniversary of downsizing my personal space to a 264 sqft microcondo in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood.
I can happily report that it has been a very successful year and the condo has proven to be completely livable and comfortable.
Having a limited amount of storage space (and a dislike of visible clutter) has encouraged me to keep purchases to a minimum, and has required some creative solutions.
My choices in furniture–a day-bed as bed and sofa, a glass topped round dining (and work) table with two chairs and a bench-style coffee table–have all worked great. The coffee table and a stool mean I can seat four for dinner (I like to entertain regardless of the small space).
The shared roof garden features glass enclosed ramadas which work remarkably well in catching the sun and blocking the wind, and allow for bigger parties.
The kitchen is small but has the normal amenities and I cook frequently like I would in a larger place. The fridge/freezer is a little small, but since I do not own a car I tend to do smaller, more frequent shops anyway. I’ve also learned which types of produce do not need to be refrigerated, such as onions and tomatoes.
The building is mostly concrete and there so far has been surprisingly little neighbor noise considering there are 98 units. The solidness has also been slightly tested by two earthquakes that have rattled the blinds a bit!
Living in close proximity to all my stuff means that being consistently tidy is necessary, from making my bed as soon as I get up (a habit that gained attention in 2014 thanks to this awesome commencement speech by a Navy SEAL admiral), to washing dishes right after every meal, to putting shoes and jackets away as soon as I come in. Cleaning, of course, is a delightfully short process!
Finally, the location feels so close to most of the places I go to. It’s a 15 min walk to work, 5 mins to the waterfront at AT&T Park, and Yerba Buena Gardens are across the street.