Micro-unit developments spread to cities outside of San Francisco

  • Some micro unit developments are being constructed on an offsite, modular basis.
  • Most micro unit developments in the Bay Area are within San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood.
  • Larger developers, like Equity Residential, are now blending micro units into projects.

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In the Bay Area, the epicenter of micro unit development is San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood; however, projects that feature sub 400-square-foot studios are now rising up in the Silicon Valley. In Sunnyvale, a 58-unit micro development recently reached completion. Featuring 370-square-foot studios, the project is said to be the first tax credit-financed, modular-built workforce housing project in Northern California, according to the project's designer San Diego-based Studio E Architects. Owned and managed by Charities Housing, the development's units were built offsite by ZETA Communities in a warehouse near Sacramento. In total the community, which rests on the site of a former National Guard Armory, cost nearly $13 million to construct. This project represents the second micro unit development designed by Studio E in the Silicon Valley, as the architect was also behind a 41-unit community in San Jose. Units at that development average 285 square feet, with 40 percent o...