Urban altern-a-chicks and Metrosexuals don't live in apartments, homes, houses, pads or places, they live in 'Spaces'.
'Spaces' are very similar to apartments, but are not apartments. if you call it an apartment you will be corrected ("no, this is my 'Space'").
'Spaces' contain many of the same amenities as apartments (heat, running water, doors, walls, etc.) but have some notable differences:
*A futon or mattress on the floor instead of a bed.
*Furniture is a mixture 'found' and Ikea.
*Beverages available in a 'Space' are limited to tea, organic juice, wine and bottled water.
*Food available in a 'Space' is a mixture of organic vegetables, takeout, and salmon.
*'If it's yellow let it mellow...' is strictly enforced in a 'Space'.
*All art in a 'Space' is made by the inhabitant or the inhabitant's friends.
*'Spaces' are generally found in a low-income area, so the inhabitant can "keep it real" and avoid the label of a 'sell out' or 'Yuppie'. The inhabitant is generally oblivious to the irony of they're participation in gentrification.
*The most likely guest to a 'Space' is not a boyfriend/girlfriend, but a 'partner'. Metrosexuals and couch hippies are also likely to be found visiting.
*'Spaces' are often divided into sub-spaces (listed in order of importance: 'Art-space', 'Cooking-space', 'Living-space', 'Sleeping/Loving-space') and a Shitter.
Altern-a-chick:"Come see my new 'Space', I just moved in."
Me:"Do you mean your apartment?"
Altern-a-chick:"No, my 'Space'"
Prices shown in USD.
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