At the end of May, we moved into a downtown studio apartment. I absolutely adore it. It's my favorite place I've ever lived and it makes every day feel significantly more cool. If you're thinking of moving into a studio, my vote is yes, yes, and yes again. However, as with anything there are good things and not so good things about living in a studio.
Con: If one thing is messy, your whole house is messy. In a house with rooms, you can just shut the door on a mess. In a studio, if you leave your laundry out on the bed...well, you look like a slob.
Pro: You'll get out of the house more. I adore my studio, but it's just one big room. Getting out of the house is a must.
Pro: You'll accumulate way less junk. We moved into a studio at the end of May, and I am still throwing away stuff from our old apartment that we thought we needed. Here's the thing: If there's space, you'll fill it. If there's not, well, you won't.
Con: Unless you've lived in a studio before, you'll most likely have to get rid of at least half of your stuff. This ended up being a pro for me--I had entirely too much crap--but it can be overwhelming at first.
Pro: Way less steps to the coffee maker in the morning. Bonus points if you set your coffee for the night before, because it's really great to wake up to your entire apartment smelling like coffee.
Con: It's a little difficult to have pets. I have a really small dog, so it's the perfect amount of space for him. If he was any bigger, though, I'd feel really guilty about the lack of space for him to run around in.
Pro: Utilities are way cheaper. There are less lights, less electric, and way less space to heat and cool. So that sad, giant bill you get every month will shrink quite a bit. Rent is also usually much cheaper.
Con (or maybe a pro): Studio apartments usually don't attract families. The cheaper rent and often really great amenities (I have a rooftop pool, hello) tends to appeal to people in their twenties. When a bunch of younger people live in the same place, there are lots of parties and lots of music and lots of visitors. On the weekends, I love this and think we live in the most magical place in all the land. On the days when I've got to wake up for work, not so much.
What do you think? Would you ever live in a studio?