Wowza. You prattle on about micro-apartments as some sort of abstract thing, but then you see the above photo in The Globe. It's a photo of a mock-up done by design studio GOODGOOD, showing what an apartment of 450 square feet will look like in the Boston Wharf Tower, the groundbreaking of which was held yesterday at 319 A Street and which was hailed by Mayor Menino as a "crucial part of the equation" for figuring out the Innovation District. As you can see, the focus is on brutal functionality in these new digs: "The units are barely big enough to accommodate a few essentials: galley kitchen, bathroom, and bed or pull-out sofa."
Not all the 202 apartments in the Boston Wharf Tower will be micro. More than half will be one-bedrooms between 600 and 900 square feet, and another will be two-bedrooms of 1,000 to 1,300 square feet. (No family-friendly three-bedrooms, apparently. Sigh.) And the micro-apartments themselves are meant to be a regular steal a $1,200 to $1,600 a month (that's what makes them Manhattan-like, as far as we're concerned, the presumption of $300 or more a square foot simply for the location). Should these 450-square-foot units not be small enough for you, by the way, the same developer, Portland, Ore.-based Gerding Edlen, is building even smaller across the street at 63 Melcher Street: 330 square feet. Bring it.
· A Street Stands For Apartments as Fort Point Tower Rises [Herald]
· Everything You Need in 450 Square Feet [Globe]
· South Boston to Get Hundreds of Manhattan Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Is for Lovers (Just Not Their Kids): a New Apt. Dynamic [Curbed Boston]