How much are you willing to pay for a decent apartment in Gastown?
An opening for a great-looking studio at a development called the Paris Block was posted on Craigslist today.
It features exposed brick, polished concrete floors, and stainless-steel kitchen countertops. There’s also a balcony overlooking one of the city’s busiest methadone clinics.
At $1,900 per month (including parking), it’s not exactly cheap. But it’s also not on the high end of the scale for apartments in Vancouver’s trendiest neighbourhood.
It’s also a reasonable size: 700 square feet (albeit shaped as one long shoebox).
And at the corner of West Hastings and Abbott streets, its location couldn’t be more convenient. Whether you’re looking for organic vegetables at Nesters or interested in a taste of whatever they're peddling down the street from Carnegie these days, countless amenities are a short walk from your front door.
$1,900 might sound like a lot for no bedroom. But measured by cost per square foot, this listing is cheaper than converted SROs renting as “micro lofts” nearby. For example, units at the Burns Block at 18 West Hastings have been spotted on Craigslist for as much as $1,100 per month for less than 300 square feet. And rooms 500-square-feet large at 1 East Cordova (directly across from Pigeon Park) have been posted online for as much as $1,300 per month.
I guess $1,900 for a real studio should be expected when tidied-up SROs are going for more than $1,000.