Are you living in a "shoebox"..?

By The Folks @PropTalk - April 28, 2012 4 Comments
Mr Mak has asked a rather pertinent question: the wife and I actually do not know of anyone who lives in a "shoebox" apartment. Then again, we are probably the "old school" sort and coming from a totally different demographic.

So here's a straw poll on our readers: What age group do you belong to and how many "shoebox"dwellers do you know?

Reference: "Shoebox units make up 27% of new sales"- The Business Times, 28th April 2012


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4 comments to ''Are you living in a "shoebox"..?"

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  1. my mum has a shoebox unit in thailand. she uses for her visits there. i've stayed there with her a couple of times. hers is 600sgft and its definitely livable for singles and couples.

    in thailand, there are a lot of coin-operated washing machines in the residential area and that really helps.

    gm

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  2. A cousin (single) has a small format apt(500 + sq ft). After he got married, he sold shoebox and got a regular condo. Another cousin (newly married) also had a shoebox. After real human kids came (some ppl refer themselves as mama or papa to their cats / dogs), they got rid of shoebox of 650 sq ft and got a regular condo.

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  3. The Folks @PropTalkApril 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Hi Anonymous (29/4/12, 2:44pm) aka gm,

    Thanks for your input.

    Then again, a 600sqft apartment technically will not qualify under the "shoebox" category. :)

    We also wonder if the Thai developers also include areas such as aircon ledges and planter boexes as part of the total area of their apartment units.

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  4. Oh pls, there are still people & families living in a 1-2rooms HDB flats (which is considered shoebox in HDB style) in Singapore! So it doesn't mean small spaces are un-livable or not conducive for family living!

    Don't understand the fuss of shoeboxes in condos, really...:p

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