We believe it was Plato who first posed the question, “How many square feet make a bedroom?” and clearly, thousands of years later, housing developers still haven’t found the answer. University Commons, The Enterprise Companies’ massive loft conversion in University Village lists this 845-square-foot two-bedroom loft for less than $260,000, but the “second bedroom” is a mere six feet by eight feet. Hello, twin mattress. We’re guessing the closet is the only thing keeping this room from being called a den.
With a whopping 824 loft-style condos to its name, University Commons makes up in abundance what some units may lack in size. The development takes over five city blocks that for 75 years were home to South Water Market. Enterprise and Pappageorge/Haymes Ltd. are preserving the three-story terra cotta structures originally designed by architects Fugard & Knapp, and units will range from a 645-square-foot one-bedroom – see, could be worse – to a three-bedroom duplex with more than 1,600 square feet, priced upwards of $450,000.