Atlantans love their space. Big roads. Big cars. Big porches. Big yards.
So what makes a developer think a big stack of micro-apartments will fly in the ATL? Perhaps that's where the intown market is heading.
Really small apartments aren't unheard of in Atlanta. Sub-700-square-foot units are all over Midtown, and Emory Point's second phase has a handful of rentals in the range of (avert your eyes, claustrophobes) 400 square feet.
But according to Bisnow Atlanta, a company called Origin Investments is partnering with an Austin developer and hawking land in Atlanta for what could be the area's first micro-apartment project. One leader said they're picking the right cities very carefully, and that the development might blend pint-sized units with larger ones. Either way, they're aiming for the luxury market.
So who's ready to munch caviar on a Murphy bed? And how micro can you go?
In 2012, as San Francisco was pondering lowering its 220-square-foot residential minimum to 150, The Atlantic Cities quoted a developer who pointed out that human-confinement spaces can reach a natural limit, and that roughly 160 square feet was approaching the minimum endurable standard.
That's about twice the size of an average solitary-confinement cell.