How Big is Your Apartment?

Found a pretty nice and modern studio apartment in NYC that I'm tempted to apply for. Pretty good amenities in the building too (laundry, gym, roof terrace, doorman). However, it's only 332 sq ft. It seemed like I'd be able to fit at least a desk and dresser in the room but that's about it. Kitchen, Bathroom, Bed, desk. That's it. Would most consider this enough space? I wouldn't be spending that much time in there anyway and I appreciate how modern it is, but it is pretty small. 

 

Is the layout awkward or can you use every inch of the place? Hows the area?

Im in a ~400sqft studio and I am perfectly happy with it and I spend quite a bit of time here. However, Ive seen some studios of similar size that have horrible layouts so you cant even use the little space you have (weird angles, cutouts, whatever).

If you wont be there often and it works for you, then I say go for it. Having laundry and a gym in the building is huge.

 
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Sounds nice. You back in NYC or still living down south?

I live in Charleston, SC now. I may move to LA next and then back to NYC

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 
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Sub 400 sqft is very small.  Is it older or are you wasting space for ADA compliance? (the newer buildings I've lived in had bathrooms big enough to park my Miata in to allow wheelchairs)

I'd say 500-600sqft  is about as small as I'd go.  I just bought a high floor 850sqft 2BR/1BA that is quite well laid out and lives like it's 1200 sqft. (looked at one in a worse location for more cash that was physically big but lived small-layout really matters)

The TL;DR is it could be a maybe if you like the area. How's the kitchen situation? it and laundry will be the biggest wild cards.  I hate that I'm not allowed to put in laundry, but going down to the basement is kinda OK relative to having to send out. (We're business casual so I wear a suit like 6X/mo and sweaters the rest of the time) 

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 

That's like 150sqft that you have to live in every day.  the rest of the space is just ops related.  Are you ok with that?  There are people who are, but I ain't one of them. That 15 min longer subway ride is worth it for me.

My second bedroom/office is the size of your living area, and while it doesn't get good sun, the views of the bridges are D@mn good.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 

If you're young/single I think you'll be fine especially if you go to the office to work most days. Looks like enough room for a bed and a desk. I'd totally take the trade off if I was like 22 - 25 so I could be in the best location knowing that in a couple years I'll be able to afford something bigger. 

I live in 500 sf with my gf. I work from home 3 days a week but she's gone at work from 8 - 6. Haven't had any issues with it but it's a highly amenitized building with gym, pool and a few conference rooms that I can go take my laptop to when I need some air or need to take a call when she's home.  Even when I lived in a 750 sf place, I still always chose to go lay in my bed to watch tv anyways instead of the sofa in the living room. The one thing that makes me consider spending for a bigger place is having a larger kitchen, but if you're in new york and you're young there's a solid chance you might literally never even use your kitchen. 

 

This is fine so long as the closet space is large enough.  It is actually well laid out, as long as you can fit what eve sized bed you want into that cut back area on the right side towards the midle of the unit it will work.  It is 10ft deep so putting a dresser next to the window will work and then you use the side with the two windows for living/desk/table area.  I have seen spaces that are 450 sqft that are far less useable and I spend a lot of time looking at buildings as I do RE in the city. 

 

Really surprised someone hasn't said their vacation house in the Hamptons is 4000sq ft. Or oceanfront beach house in Malibu is 3500sq ft. C'mon WSO, I know you're out there. Trolls or not. 

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Really surprised someone hasn't said their vacation house in the Hamptons is 4000sq ft. Or oceanfront beach house in Malibu is 3500sq ft. C'mon WSO, I know you're out there. Trolls or not. 

Smoke Frog theATL

I don’t usually get called out on WSO like this, I will say my current nyc apt is ~2500 sq ft, although my first apt was ~350 sq ft. Vacation homes is another story…

 
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haha I knew it...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

Unlike atl, I get called out all the time.

A 332 sq ft apartment is ridiculous, and OP will never get laid by any quality chick living like that.

My primary nyc apartment is 1500 sq ft, the other 2 I will inherit are one one bedrooms around 900 sq ft and I outright another 1 bedroom in an outer borough that’s 800 sq ft. Sadly, not baller enough to own a vacation home, but I’m moving to Westchester / rye / greenwich next year as I just can’t take living in a small apartment anymore with young kids.

 

For reference moved during the pandemic to the DC metro area, 753 sq ft for my Studio. Huge closet, was able to fit my desk in it. Gym, Doorman, underground parking included, bike center, in unit washer and dryer......Moved a little away current townhome is 2300 sq ft, 2bd/3.5bth with two walk in's which is nice since the GF lives with me now. Two garage parking spaces and HOA takes care of yard care and trash. 

 

Just signed a lease on 4 bed 2 bath in Manhattan.  No idea what I am going to do with the space but when the net rent was ~45% less than asking I said fuck it why not.   Do I need this much space?  No.  I guess I can just set up an office in 3 of the berooms and feel like I am working from a different place most of the week.  Would a WeWork be cheaper?  Yes, but I don't really care.  I guess I could also get 3 live in girl friends.  Wouldn't that be an interesting situation. 

 

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