For many creative types in high-cost metropolitan areas, renting a smaller apartment and supplementing it with self-storage space is necessary. 

"Whether needing additional space to store their musical instruments, art supplies, set props or furniture, a self-storage unit is indeed an invaluable asset for bohemians looking for more space without shelling out more rent on bigger homes," according to Mirela Mohan in a blog post for StorageCafe.

So if bohemians need extra space, investing in the market where they're most likely to live would seem to be a good strategy for self-storage companies. 

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Leslie Shaver

Les Shaver has been covering commercial and residential real estate for almost 20 years. His work has appeared in Multifamily Executive, Builder, units, Arlington Magazine in addition to and Real Estate Forum.