Thanks for that discussion – very detailed and informative.
I looked at a larger unit today, one with a half-bathroom upstairs. I think this counts as the largest apartment size in the building. To me, this is about right for one person, and may be OK for a couple. But people’s expectations differ. I lived in NY and HK for a while and if I were coming straight from either of those places, the smaller apts would be fine and the larger ones would be quite comfortable.
Even in the larger unit, there aren’t any “bedrooms” with actual doors, and there really isn’t room to fit another bed in there. So it’s not very suitable for having guests sleep over, unless they are sleeping in your bed (which may be just as well).
I’m not nearly tall enough to hit my head on the ceiling, but even so, it still seems low enough to induce some claustrophobia. The nice thing about the large unit is that the raised bedroom goes around the living room, so the living room has a very high ceiling and feels quite spacious.
The smaller units are more in the $22-24k range now it seems (plus management fee of about $1000 a month). The large units are very expensive (to me) at $40k a month plus a $2000 management fee.