Renting keeps getting tougher in Seattle. The latest: a 130-sq foot micro-apartment in the U-District. It only costs $750/month—but the downsides! Holy cow. Here’s a quick tour of this tiny apartment.
It’s located in a nice building, and it’s a new place, sure—it’s just tiny. Bedroom and bathroom combined, with not so much as a separation between your bed and the toilet (no, that’s not exactly sanitary). The apartment—okay, let’s just call it what it is—the room is up to code, but only because it doesn’t include a place to cook or prepare food. It also, amazingly, meets plumbing codes.
I have no doubt that renters will compete to fill this place. It’s a glorified prison cell, but the average U District studio right now rents for about $1,215/month. Money spent on rent isn’t like a mortgage—you aren’t paying off a house that will someday be completely yours—so in a way, this place makes sense, as long as you don’t mind sacrificing quality of life.
But the bigger takeaway, I think, is the importance of buying. Yes, the market feels brutal right now—but at the end of it, you find a house (not a room), and you’re paying a mortgage instead of exorbitant rent.
And even though it’s a tough market, that’s what I’m here for. My team of real estate agents guides buyers through this difficult process and makes it as easy as possible. We even keep things fun!