Green "micro-apartments" ready to rent in San Francisco
Tiny 300-square-foot apartments will start leasing in San Francisco next month.
Panoramic Interests is weeks away from finishing up Smartspace SoMa, the firm’s first, 23-unit, micro-apartment building at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
The firm, headed by Patrick Kennedy, could begin leasing the 300-square-foot units in about two weeks.
The firm has yet to set the rental rates, but Kennedy said last summer he would aim for $1,500 per month. Five of the units are set aside as below market-rate for $959 per month.
The project is a trailblazer in a few ways. Even in a dense city like San Francisco, these units are on the small side and were built on a 3,750-square-foot lot — a size most developers would never consider for multi-family housing.
The project is also on the cutting edge of modular home building. Zeta Communities, which based in San Francisco and has expressed interest in expanding in the Northwest, produced the units at its factory in Sacramento and contractor Pankow Builders built the foundation and assembled the units onsite.
Just last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that would allow units as small as 220 square feet in San Francisco as a way to quell high demand for housing.
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