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Micro apartments: A new growing trend

GLENDALE, Ca -- With a name like Eleve, you know it's trendy.

And with more than 200 apartments, the downtown Glendale complex is no small project.

Until you actually go into one of the units.

That makes it a micro-apartment. One that rings in at $1,500 a month.

It's growing trend in the residential market. Squeezing all the

necessities into a footprint that's roughly half the size of an average apartment.

 Name: Alan dibartolomeo/eleve developer

It's a one bedroom, one bath, fully finished, full kitchen, closet...dining area," said Alan Dibartolomeo, Eleve developer.

"All of this done in less than 400 feet."

It's 375 feet to be exact. And in a unit this size, every inch counts.

Micro units like this make up one-third of the Eleve complex. It's

geared toward people who want an urban experience and dont have a lot of stuff.

Micro Unit Resident Andrea Besharat said," It's nice. It's a smaller size, but it's just me and my dog so I didn't need that much.

 But if 375 square feet, just seems a little too small for you, that is where
 the roof comes in.

High on top of the building is a sky deck, some 26,000 square feet of outdoor living.

"We've got private cabanas, we've got spas, we've got a media

Out: Center, a movie screen for evening screenings, said Dibartolomeo.

Sam sleeper, micro unit resident said, "It's nice to spend a lot time up here on the roof and get out of it because it does get a little claustrophobic."

A downside of trendy, but with a brand new building to fill, the

developers are betting big on people living small.