No vote today on SF tiny apartments proposal

September 25, 2012 1:10:53 PM PDT
San Francisco supervisors will consider a proposal to allow the nation's tiniest apartment units. A vote was expected today, but a continuance was issued. It was an idea driven by the city's tight, pricey housing market.

A building on Harrison Street houses micro-apartments that are 300 square feet. Under the new rules apartments could be as small as 220 square feet, which is about the size of an average parking space.

A developer has created a prototype that would have 120 square feet of living space plus a bathroom, kitchen and closet. The idea is the brainchild of Supervisor Scott Weiner to get more affordable rentals in the city. The rents would be about $1,200 to $1,700 a month, versus the average of $2,000 for a studio apartment in the city.

New York is experimenting with apartments that are 275 square feet. Boston is also experimenting with micro-apartments.

The proposal would only apply to new construction.