This itty-bitty Manhattan condominium has gone viral for being so dang small. However, for now, it’s saving one native a number of cash every month.
“Right this moment we tour the SMALLEST condominium in New York Metropolis at 80 sq. ft, which is the dimensions of a parking spot,” reads the caption on YouTuber Caleb Simpson’s video tour of Alaina Randazzo’s Midtown house. Since posting on September 13, the roughly 6-minute clip has racked up greater than 1.5 million views.
At $650 per 30 days, the condominium is a steal for its location, nevertheless it comes on the excessive value of not having its personal lavatory. Randazzo, who works in vogue, makes do with only a sink in her personal unit, and shares the bathe and bathroom down the corridor with different constructing tenants. This setup is what’s often known as a single-room occupancy, or SRO, formally outlined as a unit with “one or two rooms [that] both lacks a whole kitchen and/or lavatory or shares them with different items.”
The dwelling scenario is legendarily compact and inexpensive — and has a protracted historical past in NYC, the place the housing sort was far more commonplace.
What’s extra, the doesn’t even have its personal oven. However Randazzo’s kitchenette has a two-burner range and a sink each atop a mini fridge and a small cupboard for storage. (She cooks generally, she says, however has to purchase contemporary components because of the lack of area to maintain them.)
“You possibly can virtually attain over and wash your arms from the lounge when you wished to,” Simpson mentioned whereas sitting on the sofa.
“You virtually couldn’t even do an at-home exercise right here, that’s how small it’s,” Simpson at one level commented whereas stretching out and doing a push-up on the ground. Randazzo gained’t deny it. “It’s so faculty, seems like a dorm, yeah,” she famous of the mix of hardly any cupboard space and communal showering.
As for sleeping, Randazzo’s mattress is lofted and near the ceiling — which prevents guys from staying over. The house definitely appears cramped, however there are hacks. She retains her sneakers exterior within the hallway and, when she works from house, she makes use of the rooftop to chip away al-fresco.
Viewers had been shocked. Within the feedback, folks wrote, “It actually is a walk-in closet. She utilized her area extraordinarily properly,” whereas one other posted, “My claustrophobia and nervousness may by no means.”
Nonetheless, the SRO supplied a welcome $2,600 month-to-month hire reprieve from her former house in a luxurious high-rise. When she signed the lease for this tiny unit, she explains, she’d been debating shifting again to Los Angeles. However she determined to take a bet on the closet-sized unit so she “may journey and never have to fret about plenty of hire.”
She’s prepared for her subsequent journey, although, as Simpson famous within the feedback that “forgot to say within the video however Alaina instructed me she doesn’t plan to resume her lease. It’s a 1 12 months enjoyable expertise to see what tiny dwelling is like in NYC.”