File this one under the “Serious, we had absolutely no flipping idea about this” file.
According to The Epoch Times, a San Francisco apartment building recently featured on Burbed is not quite what it seems. We thought it was just a series of very, very tiny places to live, allowing somebody to be a micro-slumlord over this warren of micro-rentals. But, whoa! Look what this place really is! (Warnng: links to site are PDFs)
BY CATHERINE YANG, EPOCH TIMES STAFF
If you’ve just put a building on the currently under-supplied market, it’s a really good time. But if you’re in the earlier stages of a project, everything is getting expensive.
“Land’s expensive, the construction trade’s expensive, the entitlement process is expensive,” Kennedy said. Of course, the cost is passed on to renters and buyers.
“If you want to bring down the cost of housing, you have to be more dense—simple matter,” Kennedy said. “Land is expensive in San Francisco, and to the extent that you can provide more units on any given piece of land, you can lower the cost of the housing.”
38 Harriet is nothing but a bloody trailer park stacked up and stuccoed over.
Ernest Cline’s SF/teen/gamer novel Ready Player One proposed this concept in post-apocalyptic living two years ago: trailer homes stacked 20 pods high. And this building, as you can see from these this article and another linked below, is the exact same thing. Then again, the stacked units in the novel were considered low-income misery living outside Oklahoma City rather than SF hipster destination paradise.
Here’s a related article on the next page, which sings the praises of “offsite modular construction.” Don’t let the terminology fool you. These pictures confirms that this apartment building is a high-end trailer park Habitrail.