Finding the right place to live isnt the easiest task to do. The rent is expensive, especially if you want to get yourself an apartment downtown. As the cities become overcrowded, the demand for affordable, but yet cozy and useful home is constantly increasing. All this made Evan Granoff, the owner of the oldest shopping mall in America, to convert the closed shops into livable and affordable space. Needless to say, people are falling in love with the tiny apartments.
Built back in 1829, The Arcade closed after struggling to fill its cramped commercial spaces in 2008. The building that has now been transformed into a growing housing trend of small apartments has been through numerous restorations throughout the years and was designated a national landmark in 1976.
As the concept of living in a shoebox started becoming trendy, Granoff decided it was about time for him to introduce it to the people of Providence. The number of living spaces inside the building in total is 48 and their size varies between 225 to 800 square feet. With the upper floors now being loft apartments, the building’s owner retained the retail spaces on the ground floor. There are numerous shops offering food, coffee, and even designer clothes inside the household.
Each of the homes comes with the majority of your basic necessities such as a bed with drawers, cushioned bench/seating, refrigerator, and shelves. However, as The Arcade falls into a rooming house, cooking facilities are not allowed. The good thing is that microwaves are not considered as a cooking facility so tenants may use them if they choose to.
Some of the tenants share their stories of why they went for a tiny home. It’s important to include that most of them don’t really spend that much time at home. I guess these lofts are perfect for these people exactly.
Dr. Karim is of the people who are willing to show us their home. Her tight schedule, the night shifts, and the fact that she is constantly traveling abroad makes her the perfect tenant of this small home. She also mentions how not having a stove doesn’t really bother her.
Sharon Kinnier is another tenant who uses the loft only when she’s working in a Providence lab formulating organic cosmetics as she spends the rest of the time with her husband in Washington D.C.
Tenants can choose to purchase personal Wi-Fi or to watch TV in the common area. The good thing about the building is that there is natural light that pours into the space to help make tenants feel warm.
It’s surprising at how many people are interested in these tiny homes. You may be surprised by there is even a waiting list for people waiting to move in here. The tiniest units rent for $550 per month, almost half the city average.
Have a look at the video below and see what these tiny homes look like inside. We are sure you are going to love them, unless you prefer more spacious living spaces.
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