This era seems to be saturated with folks who are making efforts to live consciously. There is more attention paid to dietary health, how to manage stress, sustainability, and living well. The American Dream is no longer about working hard, buying lots of stuff, having 3 children and a big ‘ol house to put them all in. It’s about specific choices that improve overall quality of life. So, it is notable that what people across generations are choosing, is to exchange space for a wide range of experiences that improve all aspects of social and community health.
Young professionals are opting to live on their own in smaller, more affordable apartments in urban areas. There is a willingness to trade space for the much needed solitude at the end of a workday.
However, it is not just young, single professionals who are participating in this trend. Members of the boomer generation who find themselves with empty nests are also downsizing and opting for Loft Living.
“We downsized to keep the kids from coming back,” jokes Steve, who lives in the Peerless building in Downtown Providence.
“You’re not compromising, you’re getting an upgrade in experience that’s really exciting.” explains John, who also lives in Peerless. “. . . Here you have this old-world neighborly socialization and community . . . The restaurant owners know all of the residents. We all get to spend time together and make authentic connections. That’s because of the diverse housing supply in downtown.”
When a person trades in space to live in the city, they are also getting a full set of amenities that would not come with that colonial in Barrington. There’s access to new cultures, arts and entertainment, and many of Providence’s truly great eateries. These elements of life enrich our understanding, and help to broaden our horizons.
As the blog Apartment Therapy states, “The idea that having less space and less stuff might actually make you happier is pretty countercultural, but we write every day about people who, by choice or necessity, have embraced small-space living and found that thinking less about stuff freed them up to concentrate on the things that are really important.”
In the end, the sustainability, culture points, and unique design opportunities make up for the lack of space. In some cases, ten fold! And besides, as we see in these new units, a small space does not have to feel small.
Check out the new Micro-Lofts at the Kinsley Building and judge for yourself. We have a feeling you’ll love what you see.