This set-up offers starter home buyers the perfect amount of flexibility. Assuming that you are purchasing the starter apartment as a single person, you could use that second room as a home office. Then when you have that unexpected first kid, you can convert the home office into a baby’s room with enough room for a crib and everything. This buys you critical time, perhaps years, to look for a new and bigger home to move into.
Our ideal starter apartment would also have a second bathroom, even if it’s just an additional half bathroom. This will give the starter apartment so much more flexibility down the road if you have to squeeze a kid in the apartment. Plus, it’s so much easier to direct guests to the half bath vs your master bathroom!