Young, Single & Broke? An Alternative to Moving Back In With Your Parents

Young, Single & Broke? An Alternative to Moving Back In With Your Parents

Carrie McBride
Feb 4, 2015

When you're young, the world is your oyster. Unfortunately an oyster shell may be all you can afford to rent. Dutch construction company Heijmans has a vision for what it calls "the Not-Quite Generation: young adults between 25 and 35 years old, who have finished studying, gotten their first jobs, are single and have the world at their feet." Their proposed solution: movable, prefab houses to rent for around $850/month. There's just one catch...

They propose the homes be placed in "derelict sites". Areas, often on the outskirts of the city, that are barren and neglected or where construction has stalled. Heijmans sees this as a win-win: affordable housing for young singles and breathing some life into these desolate areas.

The prototype home is around 485 square feet and includes a kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom and patio. It has solar panels for power but is not yet fully off the grid (a goal of Heijmans) which, for now, limits their placement.

Two of the homes have been built and, after many applications, one candidate was chosen in December to give one a 3-month trial run and provide feedback to Heijmans on the home and the experience.

The homes themselves are attractive and spacious for a single person, but would the location be a deal breaker for you? Safety, transportation access and distance from amenities like shops seem like big considerations.

→ You can learn more about these homes and this idea on Heijmans' site.

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