Mini-homes are becoming popular in South Africa – here’s how big they are inside

The micro-living trend has arrived in South Africa and is making it possible for easy access to property investing in a niche investment sector that is set to explode in SA as an alternative residential asset with higher yields than other property classes.

This is according to Alexa Horne, MD of Dogon Group Properties (DG), who said that the company has seen high demand for micro-living apartments.

“The world is abuzz with change, and new lifestyles are being embraced. Millennials are looking for location over square footage. They are getting married later, and putting careers first. They want to be close to the city centre, close enough to walk, bike, or rely on public transportation – not wasting time on commuting.”

“Enter demand for the growing lifestyle trend of micro-living, an affordable self-contained, open-plan living space designed to accommodate a bedroom, sitting area and kitchenette in 14–32 square metres situated in the city centre, close to all amenities.”

According to Horne, micro-flats are usually located near key employment nodes in CBD’s of major cities and universities – often in areas where development space is highly limited.

“Student accommodation investment is also considered a very