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Micro Week

Micro Week

A celebration of all things small—from towns and tiny houses to micro apartments and modular furniture.

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Open thread ATL: What's the tiniest place you've lived?

As we round out Micro Week 2016, it's time to open the floor to Atlantans who've lived in tiny homes, apartments, and condos that would give McMansion dwellers hives. How was it? What was the key to managing tiny life? Would you ever go back?

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From studio apartments to tiny houses, which would you choose?

In this week's Curbed Comparison (because it's Micro Week!), we examine different rentals at a particular, decidedly conservative square footage count. Is one person's studio another person's, well, slightly larger studio? Let's find out.

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Exploring the 5 smallest parks in Austin

Austin's natural beauty is one reason the city was built here to begin with; it's also a reason people continue to move here, usually bringing personal transport with them. So it's not surprising that our smallest parks are traffic islands.

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What it's really like to live in NYC's first micro-unit building

According to Dan Tomita, who moved into Carmel Place earlier this summer, it's not really all that different from a typical New York City apartment.

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How to make micro living in Chicago work

One Gold Coast resident tells her story about living in a teeny tiny studio

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The Loop’s smallest park: a place-making success story

Chicago Loop Alliance collaborated with Chicago’s Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office to create a so-called activated median on State Street between Wacker and Lake. Known as "Gateway to the Loop," the micro park opened in mid 2013.

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A small garden makes a big impact on its community and kids

The Greening of Detroit and Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program partnered to create a garden in an empty lot.

7 tiny home hotels for test driving micro living

Whether you’re looking to downsize or just take a unique vacation, finding a 400-square-foot or less micro house to try out can been difficult. We've rounded up 7 tiny home hotels so you can see if tiny living is right for you.

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How to make a tiny house from 1920s Atlanta feel wide open

When it comes to Atlanta interior renovations, the naked brick chimney approach isn’t universally adored, but it’s done wonders for the openness of this "upper Westside" bungalow that was tiny way before tiny was cool.

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Exploring Mary Ellen Pleasant Park, the smallest public park in SF

Indeed, there are many tiny parklets and twee patches of grass scattered around SF. But the city’s smallest public park, Mary Ellen Pleasant Mmorial Park, consists only of a plaque and six enormous eucalyptus trees that tower above Octavia.

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How much for a tiny studio in Washington Square West?

Pricespotter is Curbed's pricing guessing game, and today, we're looking at a itsy-bitsy studio in Washington Square West in honor of Micro Week on Curbed. Can you guess the asking price? And remember: No cheating!

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Seattle's coolest short-term tiny houseboat rentals

See if the idea of living in a house so tiny that the bathtub rests under a door in the floor works in reality

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Curbed Austin's Micro Week, 2016

An exploration of all things tiny in the ATX

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Explore Lakeview Place, the smallest park in Seattle

We wouldn't blame you if you drove or even walked right past Lakeview Place and missed it. Yet, at 185-square-foot, the tiny space stands out because of how little it stands out. The 0.004 acre-area is the smallest official park in Seattle.

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13 of the tiniest parks around Los Angeles

Though Los Angeles isn't exactly overflowing with park space, it is home to some of the largest urban parks in America—as well as quite a few that you might miss if you happen to blink while driving by. Let's take a look at some of those tiny parks.

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A micro design chat with architecture firm Booth Hansen

The well-known design firm has paired up with Chicago developer Cedar Streets Companies on several projects that have embraced the growing trend of smaller units and intra-building communal interaction.

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Tiny condos for sale in Boston's northern neighbors

The smallest condos for sale in Arlington, Chelsea, Medford, and Somerville range from $258 to $858 a square foot, according to a new analysis. Many of these tiny homes, too, are bigger than smaller units found in Boston and Cambridge.

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Photos: Atlanta's SCADpads push tiny-house design limits

Tiny SCADpad homes fit in the 135-square-feet of a standard parking space. Each unit has a unique theme, and elsewhere there’s a park, community garden, technology workstation, and rec areas. The organic garden is fed by a greywater system. Is this the future?

Tiny off-grid cabin in the Colorado mountains asks $175K

What this rustic cabin lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in its location, charm, and the very real opportunity to live a simple, pared down life.

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The 20 best privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) in SF

From lush rooftops and sunny indoor atriums to redwood mini-forests, this list of 20 publicly accessible, privately maintained oases are ideal for lunch, meeting a date, or just relaxing within the frenzied confines of the FiDi.

Tiny house zoning regulations: What you need to know

Zoning regulations for tiny houses vary widely depending on the location, so we went to the experts to find out where it’s actually feasible to build the tiny house of your dreams and what you need to know before you do.

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Would you pay $1,100 square foot for a studio?

Tiny homes dot the Boston region, including from inside some of Boston proper’s newer luxury developments. For this Curbed Comparisons, we run down the smaller options square-feet-wise in the likes of Downtown Crossing’s Millennium Tower.

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The most affordable condos in Westlake right now

Westlake is the smallest neighborhood in Seattle. They do manage to pack a lot into that .15 square miles, especially when it comes to condos. Checking out those condos, here's the five cheapest ones we could find right this very moment.

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Catharine Park: The smallest green space in Philly

It may be the tiniest park in Philly, but Catharine Park in Graduate Hospital has undergone a huge makeover, with neighbors rallying to transform a blighted, crime-ridden corner into a beautiful public space.

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Tiny Hamptons gardens, parks, and green spaces

Small is beautiful

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Searching for the greatest small park in Atlanta

Every Atlantan knows the city’s most beloved parks like Piedmont, Centennial Olympic, and Chastain. While these parks are workhorses for the city, there are countless unsung tiny parks that simply provide a bit of respite from buildings and pavement.

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Boston's 10 smallest parks and plazas, mapped

Boston's love affair with public parks stretches back to the 17th century and includes some expansive notables such as Boston Common and the Public Garden. And then there are the much, much smaller parks, spits of green and concrete we often miss.

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My night in a 58-square-foot floating home

The 90 minute drive to Colonial Beach—a town I'd never heard of before last week—was indicative of just what I was hoping for during a weekend away from Washington, D.C. The city's row houses and bumper-to-bumper traffic turned into antique stores,

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The smallest D.C. open houses this weekend

Expect the shortest tours of your life if you happen to enter through the doors of these Washington, D.C. homes. Here, see the 10 smallest listings offering open houses this weekend. Expect condos, ranging in size from 402 to 608 square feet.

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From small studios to tiny one-bedroom apartments, which would you choose?

What can you do with just 500 feet? Depends on who you are and where you are, as we compare five different homes with five different layouts (and five different price tags) in five different neighborhoods.

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How a family of 3 fits into a 400-square-foot Chelsea studio

Rebecca and Greg Binns moved to NYC from California, in 2006 with a plan: to land an apartment in Chelsea, with a garden, without breaking the bank every month. And they managed to do it. Ten years later, the couple welcome a son into the mix.

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Will I be seduced by a tiny house?

Staying the night in 145 square feet makes me appreciate my 500-square-foot apartment.

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This Michigan startup is building functional furniture for tiny spaces

Urbaneer, based in Grand Rapids, is creating moveable, flexible furniture and storage to maximize small spaces.

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Former SF garage converted into tiny home sells for $50K over asking

In August, we saw this super charming, super small home in Nob Hill renovated to habitable perfection. Less than a month on the market, it found a buyer. And it’s easy to see why.

140-square-foot studio fits all your essentials

The installation integrates furniture and storage elements into its design in order to maximize livable space.

11 best furniture buys for tiny apartments

Just one piece of clever, readymade furniture can make a difference in a tiny home. Here are our picks for the best small-space furniture buys, spanning pieces for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and beyond.

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Spend your entire paycheck on this 240-foot apartment

The current tiny home trend shows no signs of shrinking. For a hefty sum, you can score one of the smallest micro apartments in the city, smack in the heart of SoMa, located next to some of the coolest restaurants and AT&T Park. But is it worth it?

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Face-off: 4 rather tiny Atlanta houses for sale right now

For single-family-home buyers, getting a foot into desirable Atlanta areas (or ones projected to be desirable one day) could be surprisingly doable. Sacrifices don’t have to include things like gleaming hardwoods and solid countertops.

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Big Reveal: $435K for 580 square-foot Ballard house

This place was originally-built in 1916 and that's pretty apparent. The updating has done it well without robbing it on a simple charm. This is a house where "cozy" seems pretty spot-on.