Vancouver is now home to Canada's smallest self-contained rental suites. These "micro-lofts," the result of a heritage project to renovate the ancient Burns Block building in Gastown, range from 226 to 291 square feet and rent for about $850 per month, including cable and Internet.
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All suites in the five-floor building have space-efficient design, including flat screen TVs, compact appliances — a dishwasher, but no oven — and built-in pull-down wall beds with integrated folding tables. Put up the bed in the morning and fold out the table. Each unit comes furnished with a sofa, chairs and coffee table... The downside? There's a microwave and stove-top elements but no oven, no bathtub and the windows are not double-paned, so noise can be a problem with buses going by and people getting loud during the night...
What do you think, readers? Totally doable or too much of a strain?
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