The Water Cooler – Would/Could You Ever Live In A Micro-House?

July 20, 2021 12:16 pm · 45 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Today’s question:

If someone offered you a micro-house (maximum of 400-square-feet), for free, in an area with little to no crime, do you think you could live in it for the rest of your life?

Talk about it….

Simonpure July 20, 2021 at 12:22 PM

Sure…only because one would have to leave California to find an area with little to no crime.

Anon July 20, 2021 at 12:50 PM

It’s called an RV!
I would NEVER live somewhere with “community” restrooms or kitchens….No Thanks.

And how stupid is Walnut Creek to allow that with all of the covid stuff.

hanne jeppesen July 20, 2021 at 12:52 PM

I probably could, depends on circumstances, certainly better than being homeless. When I was married we lived in 2600 square foot, 4 bedroom house in Foster City. When I got divorced I bought 1700 3 bedroom townhouse also in Foster City, where I lived with my daughter until she went off to college at age 18. I sold my townhouse and bought a 3 bedroom condo in Benicia, the condo was perfectly adequate, nice balcony with view of the water and Mt. Diablo. I had a home office and a guest bedroom/den. Would have like a kitchen that was a little bigger, since I love to cook and entertain, and would have like a small hallway, very few houses/condos have hallway, but even small houses or condo’s in Denmark have a hallway, could be because we often have bad weather, so we need a place to leave muddy booth etc.

Old Timer July 20, 2021 at 12:52 PM

Hell yes I have a 40’ fifth whelp that’s not 400 square feet and it’s comfortable as hell.Give me that for free I’m in.This Country is STUPID!!!!!!!

Gititogether July 20, 2021 at 12:57 PM

Pet rocks…beanie babies…micro-houses…there’s a sucker born how often?

Ricardoh July 20, 2021 at 1:02 PM

Maybe if it had a great view.

Badge1104 July 20, 2021 at 1:04 PM

Yes I would.
I actually think I’m probably going to end up in one, thanks to the Harris – Biden administration’s policies that are ruining American life as we’ve known it.

hanne jeppesen July 20, 2021 at 2:26 PM

Badge1104, No President have ever prevented me from getting a job, furthered my education or job skills, or being careful with my money. I have made money mistakes, but learned from them. I now have savings, investments and hardly any debt, just a small car loan. Even in 2008 when the economy crashed and my insurance business almost disappeared overnight, was I able to find a job and although money was tight, I could meet my basic needs. I have been working in this country since 1967.

Ricardoh July 20, 2021 at 3:48 PM

hanne jeppesen
If Biden passes the trillions he wants to spend along with the other marxist you can use your saving to wallpaper your kitchen.

Sam July 20, 2021 at 8:35 PM

But, but, but what about Denmark? My god hanne, give it a rest will you. Denmark, Denmark, Denmark. You been living here for 70 years. What could you possibly know about Denmark? It’s like me bringing up Germany in every post, it’s totally irrelevant. Or your one conservative radio guy, like that’s representative of anything. You’re a trip.

Fred July 20, 2021 at 9:40 PM

Thank you Sam. Sounds kind she wants to return.

Maybe we all ought to just repeat where we’re from…. We ver and over and over.

Getting a little tedious – after all, quite a few of us have traveled out of town – and some even to other states and countries!

ellie July 21, 2021 at 9:28 AM

I think we should send the book Atlas Shrugged to all the “give it away” politicians to see what happens, especially Newsum

chuckie the troll July 21, 2021 at 11:57 AM


“It’s worth every cent it costs, and you know it’s free to you.”

iKrissy July 20, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Yes! I Would LOVE IT! My own little Play House.

Exit 12A July 20, 2021 at 1:07 PM

400 square feet is about the size of a typical two-car garage.
Heck no!

Jeff (the other one) July 20, 2021 at 1:09 PM

Could? If I had to. Not sure why anybody would come up to me to offer a micro-house.

Missy July 20, 2021 at 1:18 PM

We lived in a “micro house” for 5 years while traveling all around the good old U.S. of A. We called our micro house a diesel pusher motorhome and it was grand. I would encourage anyone that gets the chance to go for it, especially if it is free. Ours was $4000,000 but we helped clean up the neighborhood so I guess that was our good deed that will get us a nice place in heaven.

Gittyup July 20, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Maybe. My condo was 650 sq. ft. and I didn’t feel at all cramped. I’ve long wanted to live on a houseboat, and 400 sq. ft. would be generous in that case. At the same time, it is pleasant to have room to stretch out and move around.

I think it would depend on a couple of things. Was there ample land around the 400 sq. ft. to have room to live outdoors when desired, and how close were the neighbors? If it were a village of lots of 400 sq. ft. tiny houses, it might seem overcrowded, and end up just being a bedroom with most other living activities done elsewhere.

Cowellian July 20, 2021 at 1:25 PM

I’ve been to sea on a submarine, and I am done with tiny living spaces.

Sandy G July 20, 2021 at 1:30 PM

Absolutely! Please and thank you!

Reasonable July 20, 2021 at 1:46 PM

I’m currently living in a 1800 sq ft micro house compared to the carbon spewing J-Lo and Afflecked search for a reportedly a 31,000 square-foot, 8-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion. Please …. time to ground all private jets and bs garbage of hollywood and rich elites.

The Fractionator July 20, 2021 at 1:48 PM

At 6’2” and weighing 300lbs, I don’t think so! 🤔

RANDOM TASK July 20, 2021 at 1:54 PM

wow talk about loading the question
If someone offered you a micro-house (maximum of 400-square-feet), for free, in an area with little to no crime

so your a loser that gets to live free in a affluent area with so far little crime

uuuh that sounds exactly like what happened to walnut creek when they went full demunist

ask them how they like it
ask their small businesses
ask their elderly

JJ July 20, 2021 at 1:55 PM

No, thank you.

When I couldn’t afford the neighborhood I wanted to live in. I lowered my expectations and bought a fixer upper I could afford.

I used to joke about buying a land mine that could become a gold mine. After a lot of hard work, it became a gold mine.

Owning land requires some skin in the game to make it happen.

When I was little, my family didn’t have much. But Dad never took hand outs. We got what we could afford. Maybe that is why I got a fast food job in my early teens. And started saving for what I wanted.

Living life comes with lessons you don’t learn in school.

KAD July 20, 2021 at 1:58 PM

Yes I could. I am living in about that much space in my much larger house right now. It would have to be in a convenient area in the Bay Area though.

Did I Say That Out Loud July 20, 2021 at 2:34 PM

It’s not the size, but what it holds. OMG, what have the Hubby and I done ? Have lived in our 2 bedroom 1 bath, 1100 square foot cottage for 33 years; forced our two sons to learn civility and how to share ( Yes, they shared a bedroom). Funny part is our home was always the one where the friends gathered, and still do to this day. I miss stepping over 8 teenagers in the living room, and deciding that dinner will be in the backyard deck cause who can interrupt the marathon board game that has taken over the dining room table. Best indication of what our home has done to our lives was when one of the boys friends claimed we can never sell this house because it holds so many wonderful memories of his life growing up. We are blessed by our home, everyday.

hanne jeppesen July 20, 2021 at 4:33 PM

What a heartwarming post, home is where the heart is. In my native Denmark most houses and apartments are on the smaller size, but due to efficiency and practical design of Scandinavian furniture, people do just fine, most home also spruce up their place of living with flowers, plants and candles in the winter, to keep it cozy.

Roz July 20, 2021 at 4:46 PM

@Did I Say That Out Loud~
Thanks for sharing your sweet story

escapehatch July 20, 2021 at 3:11 PM

Prison dormitory housing.
Very little crime.
Life is short.

The Big Cheese July 20, 2021 at 4:05 PM

Lived in a studio apt smaller than that for a year….didn’t like it…don’t think I could do it again…much less forever…

Mimi (original) July 20, 2021 at 5:10 PM

Oh, dear me, NO!! Had to live in a 1-bdrm 650 ft apt not that long ago and felt claustrophobic, so No Thank You to a tiny home!

PESFG July 20, 2021 at 6:18 PM

I would like to have an option like that at this moment. I’m looking to move somewhere else and I will be doing so by myself so something like that will definitely work since I am not a hoarder and I will, hopefully, be going out and about. Living in a house that size for the rest of my life is something I can see myself doing as long as I am living alone. People keep too much unnecessary junk and that’s why they feel it’s necessary to have a big house. Empty out the garage and park your car in it, people.

hanne jeppesen July 20, 2021 at 7:10 PM

PESFG, I agree, living alone would be optimal. When I had my condo I could have shared it with me daughter, but probably would feel cramped if it was more people. Also being able to go outside, would be a plus. I lived in a very small space when I was single in New York City, but I was single and I was out a lot, and often week end were spend away at the Hampton’s or Westport Ct. Anyway I loved the experience of living in NYC so if was a sacrifice I gladly made, when I was young.

Silva July 20, 2021 at 6:36 PM

I sure don’t think so. I have spent a couple to six weeks at a time per year over many years camping in and out of a 1975 VW American bus camper, so I have that for a reference. In such a small space with another adult and a small boy during a weeks long 24/7 rainstorms I did not overly enjoy. I think my current 1307 sq ft home is plenty small.

Cellophane July 20, 2021 at 6:55 PM

It won’t be that much longer until we are all living in micro houses, stacked 20 high and with no elevators.

We’ll look just like China soon enough.

Ghettos piled upon ghettos.

Just remember, you asked for it…

JoJo The Circus Clown July 20, 2021 at 7:09 PM

Yes … micro-lifestyle is just fine with me … and then there is this idea … we could easily pay for them with saved energy costs … just ban electric clothes dryers in California and launch a massive public information campaign to teach California residents how to dry their clothes outdoors … #justdoit … Nuff said.

Hill July 21, 2021 at 7:36 AM

Lol, so if we ban dryers how am I supposed to dry my closes in winter?

Jojo The Circus Clown July 23, 2021 at 12:05 AM

Easy … get a cheap clothes rack and a fan … cost les than $20 … I live in Vietnam and have never plugged in my dryer. Air drying indoors since 2019 … and how many winter days in California would prevent outdoor drying … come on now … gotta have about 275-300 days of California sunshine for majority of the population.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM

Vietnam? That’s kinda far from Claycord.

JoJo The Circus Clown July 24, 2021 at 8:44 PM

Grew up in East Bay … Ayers Elementary, Pine Hollow Jr High, Clayton Valley HS … Love me some Claycord.

JoJo The Circus Clown July 24, 2021 at 8:52 PM

And fyi … California has 5 of the top 20 major cities in USA with most annual sunshine: Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

Wanda July 21, 2021 at 12:56 AM

400 is a great studio apartment, of course I will accept the offer

Plinko July 21, 2021 at 7:16 AM

There are a bunch of those off of cape cod way in concord.

Hill July 21, 2021 at 7:34 AM

Yes, I lived with another person in a 415 foot studio for many years. Actually liked living like that , but also has to have a small storage unit but that wasn’t a big deal and needed to get into it only a few times a years.

chuckie the troll July 21, 2021 at 8:44 AM

I would not willingly do this. Our FROG (Finished Room Over Garage) is over 400 sq ft. We like to cook and entertain, and no matter how smart the floor plan, 400 is just too small. We love our new home and new state, and figure our next move will be into assisted living, or an urn.

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