Studio Apartments are a curious thing. Firstly there is their name, whose first recorded use was in 1903. Studio's etymology is from the Latin and literally means 'room for study', but it also refers to an artist's workshop. It seems probable that some under appreciated artist created the first studio apartment when he transferred his entire living quarters to the single room where he worked. Whether it was to be close to his passion or to cut his losses, you decide. Essentially, this definition of a studio remains true to this day: A room with a bed on one side, a kitchen or its smaller cousin, the kitchenette on the other, a space for living in between and a small bathroom in another room.
Worried that’s a bit too small?
That might sound claustrophobic, but as someone who has ever lived in one will tell you, there’s something intensely cosy about living in a studio apartment. Think of it as a sheltered feeling when you wake up in the middle of your house. Some psychologists would argue that it’s almost a primordial feeling of security, like a mother’s womb or the prehistoric caves of our ancestors. Your best friend who loves sci-fi would probably tell you it’s like the Mars survival capsule. Either way, it’s pretty snug. Which means there isn’t room for storing things, right? Well, not necessarily. Like we’ve said, studio apartments and creative minds have gone hand in hand in the past, and it turns out, people have devised some creative ways to maximise on space. The most obvious is to use the area under your bed, ottomans, dining or coffee table as storage. Other solutions are more intricate and feature furniture that is either multi-purpose or folds. http://www.boredpanda.com/efficient-space-saving-design/ So, as always with property, don’t count it out straight away from a few pictures. Give it a chance and visit it, you might be pleasantly surprised. And every coin in life has two sides. Sure the small space might generate problems, but you can light, heat and cool it incredibly efficiently. And you can clean your entire house in 10 minutes, which is such a plus, it deserves its own header.
Besides being able to ‘clean your entire house in 10 minutes’...
...the greatest advantage of a studio apartment is the fact that you get a space you can call your own. You can do your thing without worrying about bothering any roommates who might retaliate by sneezing on you when they are sick. It’s also yours to decorate and personalize exactly the way you like it.
Advantages over 1 Bedroom apartments?
Although small 1 bedroom apartments are larger and have more rooms, they are also more expensive to rent. Whether having more rooms is would be worth the extra cost is a personal decision you’ll have to make for yourself. Generally, if you are ok with less room, studio apartments are much cheaper, not only in terms of rent, but also water and electricity bills. An added advantage of studio apartments is the fact that they don’t tend to attract whole families. So the average age of the apartment complex goes down, which is a plus for socializing, especially when you consider that a fair number of complexes come with either a common pool, terrace or BBQ area where you can hang out after a long day.
Buying vs. Renting, and Furnishing
Something to consider when contemplating buying a shell/finished property over renting a furnished one is that studio apartments are much cheaper to furnish than all other properties. While it’s unlikely that you’ll spend the rest of your life in one, if you buy a studio apartment close to work and move on after a few years, renting it would be a source of income.