D.C. Renters Go Small | NBC4 Washington

D.C. Renters Go Small

Renters who live in the micro-units say they are glad to give up some elbow room to afford a prime location.

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    If you rent an apartment in the District of Columbia and you feel like the walls are closing in on you, it may not be just your imagination.

    Renters in the District are increasingly opting for smaller apartments. The Harper complex near the intersection of 14th and U streets NW, for instance, is made up completely of apartments ranging from 350 to 600 square feet.

    The units go for $1,800 a month or more, but are 90 percent full since leasing began in January.

    Data from research firm Delta Associates shows developers are building 45 percent fewer two-bedroom apartments now than they were in 2000, The Washington Post reported

    Renters who live in the micro-units say they are glad to give up some elbow room to afford a prime location.