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This NYC Micro-Apartment Has a Folding Bed and No Living Room

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The 44-story Alta Building is one of many skyscrapers to emerge in Long Island City in recent years, many of which are still under construction.


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Floors 2 through 16 of the building are managed by Common, a company that operates co-living apartments in nine cities across the United States.

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According to the company, we toured the facility to confirm the appeal of the unique condominium, which has an occupancy rate of 95%, and the appeal of co-living.

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The units I toured had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a shared kitchen, and 80 of the 165 units had the same layout. This floor plan is currently $2,156 to $2,200 per room.

Alta by Common Floor Plan

Alta by Common Floor Plan


General


Residents can sign up for the entire apartment as a single room or as a group. The kitchen is the only shared space other than the bathroom.

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The $80 monthly fee covers household items such as paper towels, toilet paper and sponges.

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2 of the 3 bedrooms are about the same size, but the first bedroom had space for a small desk.

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The heart of the microsuite is a modular Murphy bed that folds out of the wall.

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In the second room, I tried removing the pillows from the sofa and setting up the bed. With some struggle, I was able to pull the bed out manually, so I put it on top of the futon and locked it in place.

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A small headboard appears at the end of the bed, closest to the window.

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Closet space was minimal in the smallest of the three bedrooms.

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But the largest and most expensive bedroom had two spacious closets and multiple shelves.

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By comparison, the estimated rent for a room in a three-bed apartment in the neighborhood was $2,484 in November, according to Zillow.

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One of the main differences between these apartments and traditional leasing is that the occupant only pays the rent for their room and not the entire apartment. So if your roommate fails to pay or walks away, it’s not your problem.

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But their main selling point is definitely the amenities. My personal favorite is this sunny rooftop lounge on the 43rd floor.

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