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At least in SF, microhousing seems to be priced around $1,500 to $1,800 / month, which isn't that great for 300-400 sq ft. Not sure if you would call that relatively inexpensive (I certainly wouldn't).

If it's market-rate housing and it's up to developers to decide the price point, it could end up being something like this:

"496-square-foot studios start at $2491 a month"

The point is, just building "micro" isn't enough to make it inexpensive. Long-term sustainably-priced housing in Oakland isn't going to be available to everyone, but perhaps we can try to set aside a portion of the land or properties near public transit to be for low or middle income residents. This could be done on city-owned land, with new construction contracted out, or the city could buy some land or properties that could be converted to micro apartments. Units could be owned by the city or bought and sold by tenants at a fixed price. I'm no expert on this stuff, but it seems like the city has to take action in some way to guarantee that the housing will be affordable for an economically diverse group of people, "the market" isn't going to do that. In whichever situation works best, the point is to eliminate the possibility of using this kind of housing as a speculative investment.

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Posted Feb 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014

Great micro-housing case study from Portland -

"Justus is doing what many in the housing field say is impossible — building sturdy apartments for $70,000 per unit. At his new building at Southeast 151st Avenue and Burnside Street, right near a MAX stop, tenants are paying an average of $650 a month for rent. And Justus accomplished his project without public funding, though he did get a waiver on system development fees."

Posted by Dan on Feb 13, 2014
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