Micro-Suites in Vancouver-How Small Is Small?

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The Vancouver Sun’s Kent Spencer asks the question-do we really want to live in micro-suites?  And should the City be encouraging these  tiny places?

Vancouver’s restrictions on minimum building sizes are quite sad because so many people want these things,” said Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, which has sold-out micro-suite projects in Surrey and Victoria. “You talk to people on the street and they get it. They’d buy them in a minute. Tiny apartments would alleviate the affordability crisis, he said, with prices starting at $225,000 at a time when the average condo in Vancouver is roughly $550,000, up 40 per cent in the last three years.”

A micro-suite is a tiny apartment in the 250 to 300 square foot range-that is a space ten feet wide and twenty-five feet long. Vancouver planners will review the standard, and currently are uncomfortable with permitting strata units under 400…

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