Microsize Me

A condo that makes the most of 289 square feet

Smart House is a 25-storey condo building at Queen and University with units as small as 289 square feet. The firm behind the design, ArchitectsAlliance, made the most of the cramped spaces by adding features like Murphy beds that turn into compartmentalized cabinets.


Small Wonders

Space-saving furniture for tiny living


A three-in-one chair-lounger-bed from Modern Sensibility



Two stylish containers that become coffee tables when covered, from Hollis and Morris



Modern Sensibility nesting ottoman that turns into five chairs, from BLVD Interiors



A coffee table from Italian brand Artigianmobili that expands to comfortably accommodate 14. Available at Skaut Design


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Seven Ways to Hack the Market


Part 1: The Skinny Dippers
Three buyers who scored narrow plots of prime real estate and found a way to make it work


Part 2: The Co-owners
These couples couldn’t afford much individually, so they pooled their resources and nabbed a gem in the Annex


Part 3: The First-Timers
Two young professionals needed a bit of help to buy a condo. Then they found Options for Homes, a non-profit that provides no-interest loans


Part 4: Microsize Me
A condo building that offers tiny living without the claustrophobia


Part 5: Young at Heart
Empty nesters who need help around the house; cash-strapped college kids who need cheap lodging. The solution: HomeShare


Part 6: The Year of Living Nomadically
My relationship had gone to ashes, my apartment to my ex, and I was broke. My salvation? Serial house-sitting


Part 7: All in the Family
This Toronto builder is designing homes for multiples generations, each in their own space, all under one roof