As more millennials graduate into better paying jobs, marriage and parenthood, real estate developers are doing all they can to entice this renter-nation generation to move to home ownership.
That means making urban homes more affordable, which means making them smaller.
The tiny house movement may still be something of a novelty on home-remodeling TV shows, but in downtown Washington, D.C., as in other major cities, the tiny condo movement is moving quickly into the mainstream.
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"They definitely notice it's smaller, so it is an explanation; it takes a little bit of an adjustment," said Chris Ballard, principal at McWilliams/Ballard, a marketing firm. Ballard works with the Peterson Cos., the developer of Ontario 17, a new condominium building in D.C.'s young and vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood.