You've got to love a city where being a starving artist can get you some fantastic perks. An affordable ($547 per month!) AS220 live/work studio designed by DBVW Architects and located right in the heart of Downtown Providence is becoming available to rent on September 15.
The catch? The unit is pretty cozy at only 424 square feet and has been set aside as affordable housing for artists with an income of less than $25,600 per year. Tenants must give 5 hours of community service each month to AS220 (an awesome non-profit arts organization) and, sadly, no pets are allowed. But, heat, hot water, AC, internet, and access to a shared print studio are all included. If you qualify, that's a pretty sweet deal.
The studios are located in the Dreyfus building, which was built in the late 19th century as a hotel for traveling salesman and was carefully restored by Durkee Brown Viveiros Werenfels Architects. Visit AS220.org for more information and to download a rental application.
(Images: Glenn Turner)