Femto housing are getting popular in big US cities

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Mountain View California is the headquarter for search engine giant Google. The immediate neighborhood is usable to provide employees with housing. Linkedin, Facebook are also having same problems. However, with Google's employer support help is on the way.  North Bayshore district that may likely create up to 10,250 units of high-density housing consists of 12 story buildings. Apartments may be limited to 5 stories high so they do not hover over single story existing homes below. Town folks are opt to vote on it. 


There will be no room for huge parking lots. The City encourage walkable mixed use units with retail store at street level like New York or Boston. Green bike lanes and pedestrian facilities are provided. There are public transportation and light rails which have been under utilized.


Living in a mini-flat is almost like staying in a hotel room. Furnitures are preinstalled and hidden in a closet. Some have a small kitchenette, a dishwasher and a refrigerator. Laundry room is dedicated on each floor.


There will be a 24/7 public lounges like in a hotel and common space. The first floor will consists of eatery, dry cleaners, and shops. 

The City will serve as living room with many enjoy out door life. These are intended for millennials who have a busy schedule to rest and go about their business.  For Google employees they eat all three meals at work free of charge. Dentist and massage are next to work. Many code all night long and sleep during the day.


In many other cities with high cost of renting from housing shortage, there have been a lot conversions of micro, nano-sized housing developed in recent years. Many are converted from older buildings. Here is a concept for five different designs. They all utilize space efficiently. Design for Femto housing




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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Sam, It seems to me that Google, Apple and others would be focused where their employees will live.  I a like the idea of a campus-like living community. It won't be for everyone yet it will provide guaranteed living for those who opt to use it. 

Apr 29, 2016 04:05 AM #1
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
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Sam Shueh - An interesting way to address the critical housing shortage in very expensive locations by using mini condos that are a nano-sized housing option! A creative solution for everyone!

Apr 29, 2016 04:06 AM #2
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Isn't it amazing what they can do to small quarters? No longer will people have to wonder whether their furniture fits, it already does!

Apr 29, 2016 07:15 AM #3
Sam Shueh
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Patricia Feager 

This is a bit like college high end dorms. Furniture comes in. I think one can fold the bed make it a living room also. Some have storage under floors. 

Thanks for commenting.

Sam Shueh

Apr 29, 2016 08:17 AM #4
Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed.
Buy and Sell Oklahoma LLC - Oklahoma City, OK
Buy and Sell Real Estate with Confidence

Love the innovation that came out of this necessity.  Thank you for sharing Sam

Apr 29, 2016 01:53 PM #5
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sam coming up with new ways to address housing shortage for workers is so important.  Having the furniture preinstall will cut down on the stress of trying to figure out how to fit stuff in a small space.

Apr 29, 2016 03:31 PM #6
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sam Shueh - an interesting way to address current housing needs for sure.

High-cost renting is one of the reasons why they are getting more popular...

Apr 30, 2016 03:39 PM #7
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