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Millennials Guide Trend on Tiny High-Tech Apartments

Digested from “High-Tech Millennial Lifestyle Inspires Micro Apartment Boom” 
Curbed (3/15/16) Barrionuevo, Alexei

Millennials place a higher priority on location than square footage. In cities like New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, micro apartments spanning no more than 350 square feet are appealing to the high-tech, “on-demand” lifestyle of 20- and early 30-somethings.

Members of generation Y prize convenience over a spacious kitchen—after all, why pay for space for state-of-the-art equipment and to prepare meals when you mostly rely on food-delivery services? Even living rooms aren’t as important anymore, as millennials tend to conduct their social life online, instead of throwing parties.

They also want to live in an area that’s close to public transportation and located in a city’s epicenter. Developers have responded by building smaller, constructing more studios and one-bedroom apartments, and making architectural adjustments such as integrating the kitchen into the rest of a unit’s living space.

“You really have to think about the cabinetry, the built-ins, furniture placement. It is a much more granular level of design,” Scott Lee, president of SB Architects, told Curbed.

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