Here's a question- asked in good faith, with no criticism intended (seeing as how I've never been to the US, but would like to visit some day):
What kind of standards do people in SF and NYC actually expect?
Here in Norway, it's the same as anywhere; the bigger the city, the higher the rent.
In Oslo, it's as high as $2,6k for 250 sq feet.
Or, you can buy an apartment 50 sq feet bigger for about $250K.
One then has a bathroom and a micro kitchen.
How does this stack up against SF?
What really intrigues me, is the fact that people over the pond seem to be much more willing to share their living space than they do here.
Folks still retain their absolute need for privacy here- I'm just fascinated by the different levels of priorities in different countries.
Sorry for the rambling, I'm just thinking out loud. ...with my fingers.