Living Smaller in the City

Large, expansive homes are big draws in the suburbs, and while it’s possible to find 2000-square-foot homes in the city, those home buyers who want to live in the middle of it all may find themselves limited in space. After all, space is at a premium in downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis, and even if large properties are found, they can be prohibitively priced for many home buyers. So for those looking for an urban life, downsizing is often the name of the game.

But don’t let the prospect of a smaller home or condo scare you! It’s possible to live happily in a thousand feet (or less), and we dove into ApartmentTherapy.com to find some ideas and inspiration.

Como Park kitchen, St. Paul

A charming small kitchen in Como Park.

9 Ways to Organize a Kitchen Without Many (or Any!) Cabinets

Small kitchens are often a fact of life when living smaller in a compact downtown condo. Stacked countertop shelves, drawer organizers, and curtain rods are just a few of the solutions that will help maximize storage without compromising square footage.

11 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Bedroom

Bedroom storage can be hard to come by when living in smaller spaces, and these ideas manage to squeeze a surprising amount of storage out of space that most of us aren’t using yet! (There were a few in here that even we hadn’t thought of yet.)

The Year’s Most Inspiring Tours of Teeny-Tiny Small & Stylish Homes

While you may not be considering going quite as small as the properties pictured here, this gallery of truly-teeny apartments may spark some ideas. If a 500-square-foot apartment can look this good, a nicely-decorated larger city condo will knock it out of the park! Living smaller can still mean living stylishly!

Sell your home

City living may mean smaller living, but it doesn’t need to equal a cramped or crowded living space. With a little attention and forethought, a smaller home could turn out to be your ideal urban retreat.

Searching for your ideal St. Paul or Minneapolis home? Get some advice from our Perfect Home Finder, and contact the Korby Home Team using the form to the right to get started!

About the Author

Katy Korby is the CFO of the Korby Home Team. Her passion is ensuring that our clients have an out-of-this-world experience selling their homes with the Korby Home Team. Katy comes to us with a diverse background and a unique skill set that enhances the client experience. Her attention to detail and care for people make her a wonderful asset to the team. Graduating with a degree in Theater, Katy has performed in numerous plays and most recently starred in a locally produced indie film that is being entered info film festivals around the nation. Katy’s experience in the work world include many positions within the accounting world including tax preparation, bookkeeping, and full-charge accounting. Most recently before joining the Korby Home Team, Katy was the Market Center Administrator for Keller Williams Integrity Realty in Roseville, where she was the full-charge accountant and handled budgeting and forecasting for the company as well as day to day operations and administration of an 80 person real estate office. Katy and her husband have two children, Libby and Calvin, and have lived in Como Park for almost two decades. In 2013, Katy completed the Tough Mudder 10 mile event and is a proud member of the “Finishers” group! For fun, Katy loves reading, photography and gardening and spending time with her family.