Micro-living in San Diego

These mico-apartments and small units allow San Diegans to get the best of city living without needing to rent large spaces.

A loot inside a studio at Parkline in North Park

Everything you need in a small space at Parkline.

Image courtesy of Parkline.

A little goes a long way when you’re living in San Diego. As the city moves forward with plans to add more housing in limited space, these three developments show how micro-apartments can become hot homes.

What is a micro-apartment? Typically, they’re units smaller than your average studio, often providing renters 400 sqft or less and designed to emphasize efficiency. Micro-unit complexes generally have more communal spaces and are located in urban areas near public amenities.

Parkline, North Park

This recently-opened, L-shaped building offers studio, 1 BD, and 2 BD apartments starting just under 400 sqft. Each unit has its own washer and dryer, a miniature kitchen, and access to shared features like:

  • A rooftop terrace with a firepit next to a conference room and community lounge
  • A community fitness center featuring Peloton equipment
  • Pet-friendly spaces to clean and groom your pup
  • Transit-focused living — the building has 28 parking spots for its 91 units
Living and sleeping space inside a studio apartment at Studios435.

The living and sleeping space at Studios435.

Photo courtesy of Studios435.

Studios435, East Village
These fully furnished studios range from 183 sqft to 336 sqft and are live-in ready. The pet-friendly complex offers easy access to downtown’s services and businesses and is steps from the Park & Market Trolley Station. Tenants will also enjoy:

  • A large lobby and outdoor courtyard with seating
  • An indoor/outdoor fitness studio
  • On-site laundry, a business center, and SmartParcel electronic package lockers
Rendering of a loft at girard lofts

Look up — there’s more living space

Photo via Girard Lofts

Girard Lofts, La Jolla
This upcoming project on Girard Avenue will add residential and retail units to the heart of La Jolla Village. To maximize the use of this space, units will be micro-lofts that start at 356 sqft. The complex is slated to open this year and will include:

  • In-unit washers and dryers
  • Communal outdoor living spaces
  • A limited number of parking spots
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