Pasadena CA - We're Talking Small

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Pasadena CA -  We’re Talking Small

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I’ve previously written about small space living in Pasadena area but this weekend I read a story of an incredibly small space.   In fact, the Los Angeles Times story reported that San Francisco could soon boast of some of the smallest apartments in the country.   Studios for up to two people would include a bathroom, kitchen and a minimalist living area measuring 10 feet by 15 feet.   The San Francisco Board of Supervisors preliminarily approved legislation allowing the construction up to 375 micro-units as small as 220 square feet.   The final vote is scheduled in two weeks.    The projected monthly rent?   Expected to be $1300 - $1500.  According to the news article the average studio in San Francisco is $2,000 per month.   

We currently have some very large homes on the market for sale in Pasadena including a home with over 12,000 square feet built in 2006 in the Langham Huntington Hotel neighborhood with seven bedrooms, eight baths, bowling alley, eleven person home theater, private fitness center with massage studio and saltwater pool on approximately 28316 square foot lot.   

Interested in something a bit smaller?   The smallest property currently on the market for sale according to our local multiple listing service(MLS) records is a studio unit at The Barcelona in the Pasadena Playhouse District.  With approximately 462 square feet, this renovated unit features a storage space in the basement of the building where you will also find laundry facilities.    

Big or small or something in between - contact me to keep you up-to-date with an update for your real estate search in Pasadena and throughout the San Gabriel Valley.   I can be reached at 818.516.4393 cell or    See properties at    

The Barcelona in Pasadena - Looking for Small, Big or In Between Contact Realtor Michael Jacobs 818.516.4393 cell

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P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Michael-Now that is small. If I did that small I wouldn't want to pay that kind of rent but I know the cost of living is much higher in CA. My woman cave is 504 and that is about as small as I want to go.

Nov 26, 2012 01:16 AM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Michael - Whoa! 220 sq.ft. is definitely micro, and will take a lot of clever design and adaptation to become really livable. And $1500 here will rent a decent single family home. But I'd bet they will rent those out quickly.

Nov 26, 2012 01:53 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Than - yes, you're probably right about the party situation.  

Hello Sharon - I always find the concept of living in small space intriguing although actually living in a space that size - I'm not so sure.   

Hi Dick - The news article didn't state the height of the ceilings -- not that it would make a discernible difference.   It will be interesting to see how they do if/when they hit the market.   

Nov 26, 2012 01:54 AM #4
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

I read about this in the newspaper.  And, the controversy, too.  Silicon Valley is the primary market, I understand.  Amazing how expensive real estate is out there....and Manhattan.

Nov 26, 2012 03:19 AM #5
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I cannot imagine that.  Even though I like clean and neat, these condos would feel more like a prison cell than a home to me, Michael.

Nov 26, 2012 04:01 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Don - Well, I know there has been a push in some of our markets to create a more urban-like environment where the use of a car is not as important but in car-friendly Los Angeles -- there are issues where they limit parking in buildings and the overflow goes into the neighborhoods, hence the controversy(or at least some of it).

Suzanne - it all depends how the floor plan flows.   Yeah, sure.    

Nov 26, 2012 04:06 AM #7
Rob Lang
At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / - Lawrence, KS
Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes

150 sqft studio sounds excellent to me.  Much less to clean!!  My wife would never go along with it though.

Nov 26, 2012 04:07 AM #8
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

My goodness. These are the smallest I have seen. I don't understand how two people could even get in there. It seems one would be an impossible living situation.


Nov 26, 2012 04:08 AM #9
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Michael - I thought the little Tahoe cabin I showed yesterday at 336 square feet was small, but apparently that will be spacious compared to these new units.  As always you have a wonderful perspective on housing in the Pasadena area from 462 square feet to 12,000 square feet you have something for everyone that is looking for a new home in the greater Pasadena area!

Nov 26, 2012 04:16 AM #10
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

220sq ft of living space?? Maybe when I was younger..much younger but now I would go crazy in such small space. Would love to see the floor plans.

Nov 26, 2012 04:18 AM #11
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Good Afternoon Michael Jacobs,

Sounds like you're the expert in the Pasadena Ca area. The small studio's do sound appealing. Keep up the good work.

Nov 26, 2012 05:08 AM #12
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I showed the article to Chief Cook.   She was as amazed as I was.  Wow.  There wouldn't be room to turn around in there.  Where would you keep all the money you saved?

Nov 26, 2012 05:16 AM #13
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Michael.  220 sf could be a little tight.  I cant imagine what that would be like since I live in a 3,000 sf house.  Wiat - maybe its about as big as the office Will and I share.  Believe me - that space gets awfully small at times. 

Nov 26, 2012 05:36 AM #14
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Rob - I think keeping something as small as 150 square feet can be more challenging than a much larger space -- organization and keeping "stuff" to minimum is certainly essential. 

Betty at Honeycutt Team - of course, this reminds me of an old joke about going to another room to change your mind.   

Laura - I bet that little cabin had lots of land, high ceilings and maybe even a nice mountain view.

Beth - the floor plans would be interesting to see.

Will - I would like to see them in person.

Ron - I can think of all kinds of places to keep it.

Belinda - yes, it does seem to be the size of some offices.  It would take some time to get used to 250 square feet versus 3000 - that could be the understatement of the day.      


Nov 26, 2012 05:43 AM #15
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Michael - I saw that article too.  I'm sure if they do give the go ahead for those tiny apartments that they will have no trouble renting them out.   San Francisco is a beautiful city but I still wouldn't want to live in something that small.

Nov 26, 2012 07:38 AM #16
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Michael,

My son sent me an article about this very subject last year.    These small units are very prevalent in places like Hong Kong where the population density is very high.  I have had my share of close quarters while in the Military,I could not imagine having to live in sujch small quarters  

Nov 26, 2012 02:12 PM #17
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jim - if I were to live in something that small, San Francisco(or Manhattan) might make it worth the effort -- you can escape from your small place and use the city as your playground.   

Hi Lloyd - we have gotten use to much bigger spaces and in many cases rooms that are never used.  As the news article reports these small quarters in San Francisco cost a pretty penny too.   

Nov 26, 2012 11:19 PM #18
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

While I am fascinated by small space living - because it demands the best of design and innovation - I do not think I could live in THAT small of a space. Kudos to those who can, though!

Nov 26, 2012 11:53 PM #19
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Michael, I think anyone who wants to find out more about living in smaller spaces should look at what's going on in Tokyo, Japan. They pretty much have that market cornered. :)


Nov 27, 2012 06:06 AM #20
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I am a pack rat this would never work, my god my storage area is bigger than this:)) Ok that brings up a point I need to get rid of stuff:))

Nov 27, 2012 10:11 AM #21
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