This guy pays $800/month to live in a 78 square foot apartment with no kitchen or bathroom.

Normally I’m a huge fan of the small house movement. I’ve had a few posts about it (here and here). I love seeing what people can do with small spaces. It’s smart. Or at least to me it is. But this guy? He pays $800/month to live in a room smaller than many people’s closet. That………. is stupid. From the video’s description on YouTube:

A couple years ago, Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler, lived in a 96 square foot apartment. Instead of up sizing with his latest move, he chose to squeeze himself and his belongings into even less space.

Luke now lives in a 78 square foot shoebox studio. It’s too narrow to fit a bed lengthwise, but using a bit of plywood and 2x4s he built his own custom bed/couch.

He keeps his clothes, plates, microwave, books, spices and shaving and cleaning supplies in a large built-in cabinet. The rest of his kitchen is a tiny refrigerator that helps hold up his desk (he works for home as a contract architect).

While he admits he misses being able to cook a real meal- though he’s vegetarian so eats a lot of vegetables and nuts and can even microwave eggs- Luke doesn’t see living small as a sacrifice.

He loves living in the heart of New York City– his place is in Midtown Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen- and he likes paying just $750/month (cheaper than the shared housing he could find in the area).

You could live pretty well in NYC for $800/month with a roommate, no? Living alone is not worth sacrificing that much. Or should I say it shouldn’t be worth sacrificing that much. But apparently to that guy, it is worth it. It’s pretty silly if you ask me. What do you think?

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One response


    In that area, the only shared housing you could get for $750 would be sharing a *one bedroom* apartment. I’d rather live by myself than share a bedroom with another person, unless I was really close with that person.

    September 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

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