Micro-living seems incongruous for Houston, a city known for its sprawl in an "Everything's Bigger" state, but the team behind the city's first micro-condos thinks Houstonians will scramble to join the tiny living trend once they've gotten a peek inside.
The 24-story Ivy Lofts will include units as small as the teeny "Tokyo," which will clock in at 300 square feet, and as large as the 1,000-square-foot "Houston." And at the sales office, which is standing at the site of the future condos themselves at the corner of Leeland and Live Oak just east of downtown, you can tour several of the units starting as early as next week—something Jason Franklin, the development's sales director, says is vital to understanding how exactly you might squeeze yourself into one of these homes.
"Other, denser cities are more familiar with this concept," he says, "but it's a brand-new concept for Houston. People need to see it."
The homes—which are already for sale on HAR.com—range from $140,000 for the 300-square-foot units to $585,000 for the 1,000-foot units, and each unit comes with a balcony that extends the square footage a bit. You'll have to pay extra, though, for the units' high-tech transformable furniture and space-saving "modules" like a bed-desk combo (see it in action below in GIF form), or an kitchen island with a pull-out dining table. And by extra, we mean anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000 apiece, although there will be significant deals on groupings of furniture.
Franklin pitched everyone from UH students to big-time Dynamo fans as potential buyers for the EaDo nooks—he says about 20 percent of the units are already spoken for. The developers expect to break ground in August, as long as the building is half-sold. If that timeline plays out, expect to see the tower rise by the end of 2018.