In Los Angeles, single-family homes are getting bigger as apartment life shrinks. According to research from Yardi's Storage Café, the average size of a single-family house increased to 3,296 square feet, an increase of 196 square feet over the last decade. On the flip side, apartments have decreased in size during the same time period. The average apartment in Los Angeles is 808 square feet, a decrease of 41 square feet over the last decade.

"Living large has always been regarded as one of the perks associated with the California lifestyle," Francis Chantree of Storage Café, tells "Many people look for space in their home choices—especially under the current circumstances when homes need to fulfill multiple roles, including work spaces and entertainment—and demand is what dictates building trends."

While home size have continued to grow, they are growing at a slower pace in the last decade, partly due to local building restrictions. "Single-family home sizes have continued to grow larger over the last decade, although at a much slower pace than in the previous decades," says Chantree. The city passed regulations in 2008 to restrict their size, and in 2017 maximum house size was restricted further from 50% to 45% of the total lot."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.