Micro flats in Croydon, Sutton and Epsom for sale for GBP235k: tiny 400sq ft homes for first-time buyers designed with shared social areas but without hallways to maximise space

Micro-flats are being marketed as a solution for the affordable housing crisis. It is believed that smaller is better. However, micro-flats are difficult to build because of regulations that limit the space available. The Government is reviewing whether the rules are an obstacle to affordability.Meanwhile, developers are exploiting a loophole that lets them convert office buildings into micro flats. If you’re looking to own your home, no matter how small, and are a tidy, non-hoarder, then read on. Inspired Homes has schemes in Sutton and Croydon. It claims its flats, which are typically less than 400sq feet, feel larger than that and are more practical. These homes are not restricted by a hallway and feature full-height glazing, concealed storage, solid hardwood floors, smart-control heating, security, and smart-control heating. Croydon has a roof terrace with seating areas, second-floor gardens with table tennis tables, a residents’ lounge, yoga and exercise area, and a concierge lobby with cabinets for deliveries. Prices start at GBP234,945. Homes are eligible for the low-deposit Help to Buy program. Call 020 74950523. The famous Isokon Building in Hampstead, a listed concrete block from the Thirties, was an early example of minimalist urban living. Agatha Christie was one among the notable residents. Although most flats had small kitchens, there was a large communal kitchen that could be used for food preparation. This was linked to the residential floors by a dumbwaiter. On-site services included laundry. It is currently occupied by key workers who are part of the co-ownership management.