My boyfriend and I share a 450 square feet 1bedroom apartment in the West Village for which we pay $2100 a month, heat and hot water are included and my gas and electricity bills are never more than $50. It seems like alot, except I only spend $90 a month on transportation, and I pay for that out of my pre-tax income. That means no car payment, no gas, no insurance, no oil changes which I used to spend about $400 a month on when I lived in Texas. I actually dont mind the small space much, it helps me keep from buying things I don't really need and as a result, I love love love everything I do have. That said, my apartment has a pretty killer floor plan and we have tons of windows, which does help make things feel bigger. Sometimes we talk about moving somewhere with more space, but we always come back to agreeing that this place is perfect, even if it is a six-floor walk up.
The High Cost of Small Spaces in the Big City
New York Times
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