For the first time, micro-apartments with an area of less than ten meters appeared in Moscow. This is reported by the newspaper “Izvestia” with reference to analysts of the agency “Metrium”.

We are talking about a multifunctional complex in the Veshnyaki district in the east of the capital. It includes four residential buildings, which mainly house studios with an average area of 16.7 square meters, as well as record-breaking apartments with an area of nine “squares”.

Micro-apartments have not yet been put up for sale, but already one of the most “compact” studios that are already available for purchase, with an area of 12 square meters, is being sold for 3.2 million rubles. According to analysts, at the moment this is the most affordable housing option within the Moscow Ring Road in the primary market of Moscow.

According to experts, the appearance of such studios and the growing demand for them are associated with a sharp jump in housing prices in the capital. According to Roman Rodiontsev, director of the Est-a-TET project consulting department, the average cost of housing in the third quarter of 2021 increased by 26 percent compared to the same period last year. In addition, Alexey Perlin, General director of the SMU-6 Investments development company, notes that more and more buyers are buying housing in the capital not for living with their family, but as an investment.

The first mini-studios appeared in Moscow in 2013, their area was 17.9 square meters. The trend towards a decrease in the average area of apartments is noted by analysts around the world: microstudies with an area of less than ten “squares” appeared in Paris, Hong Kong, Rome, New York and other megacities in the middle of the last decade.

Earlier it became known that 96 state-owned apartments for low- and middle-income tenants appeared in the renovated building of the former La Samaritaine department store, located in one of the most expensive districts of Paris. The studio can be rented for 430 euros ($ 504), at the price of a Moscow “one-bedroom”.