Unbelievable In America - People Live In Oldest Mall After 48 Abandoned Shops Are Turned Into Homes

Micro lofts and tiny homes have become more and more popular as time goes by. Since finding an affordable place to live can seem tedious, downsizing might actually be a better idea. Luckily, there are some unique places that are being converted into livable spaces. The Arcade, for example, is the oldest mall in America. With some refurbishing, it has been transformed into shops and microlofts for people to live in.

The Oldest Mall On The Block

The Arcade has been around since 1829, is the oldest mall in America. The building has gone through a handful of restorations over the years. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, it has been declared a National landmark since the 1970s. It wasn’t until 2013 that The Arcade was turned into a large micro loft building for people to live in.

Evan Granoff, the owner of the oldest mall, wanted to make good use of the unwanted 48 spaces. Turning all of the out of business stores into affordable as well as livable places for people. Unfortunately, the lofts are not equipped with stoves, and tenants do not have permission to use them either. However, they do provide each room with a microwave for tenants to use. Additionally, each loft comes with built-in furniture. Including a bed with drawers, cushioned benches for seating, a refrigerator, and shelves for storage. As for laundry, some living spaces come with a washer and dryer. There’s also a community room for tenants to do their laundry. Bathrooms are also included in every loft.

Life Of The Tenant

Of course, this concept works wonders for people who don’t mind some of the missing utilities. For tenants who live a single lifestyle and have a career that makes them travel a lot, this could be a dream come true. That’s exactly the case for tenants like Dr. Karim, as she internationally flies around for her job. The same could be said for tenant Sharon Kinnier, who also only lives in town part-time.

In addition to the lack of certain utilities, tenants also have to pay for their own cable or Wi-Fi connection, though that’s pretty normal. However, there’s also a common area that’s available for people to entertain themselves.

It’s not surprising that the demand for these affordable and livable spaces is sky-high. The Arcade has an extremely long waiting list to get in.

America’s Oldest Mall: Some Units Are Now For Sale

The location and size are everything unless you live at The Arcade. This lifestyle is ideal for those that have the means for saving their money. Hopefully, this concept is adopted by others so that maybe more abandoned malls can be repurposed for housing people. The incredible amount of space gives so much potential for living situations. “I’m anticipating that a lot of people who are renting in the building right now will buy the units that they’re in because it’ll make economic sense for them,” Explains Granoff. (2)

Most of the tenants that want to take residence at The Arcade happen to be students, singles, and seniors. All of these people are looking for something that will allow them to downsize but comfortable enough to live in. There really aren’t a lot of other places that are like this one. Not only is this building a living relic but it still has the capacity to house people safely and at a reasonable price.

Ownership on the Horizon

However, early last year it was announced that tenants will soon be able to purchase their unit and own it outright. As he mentions that rent can cost $925 to about $2000 depending on the size of the loft. Granoff claims that he will most likely sell them at the starting price of $130,000, and the commercial spaces will start at around $125,000. Additionally, Granoff says that he wants to stress that nothing crucial will change for tenants that don’t want to buy but will continue to rent. There will most likely be more renovations done to some of the units as they prepare them to be sold in the coming months. The Arcade speculates that it won’t take a long time to sell these units.



My sister was suffering from psychological problem and behaving weirdly, but I could not handle her even though the worst situation she was going through. 

I can tell she is the one who has suffered the most in her life, anyone compared in this world.

Before telling what she went through, I will tell you how she was:

  • She is good looking
  • She is a computer engineer
  • She was married to a perfect guy suiting to her
  • Everything was going such a perfect way.

Now kindly read below:

She got the problem of low platelet in blood.

  • In pregnancy, she suffered such a critical situation that she lost her eyesight, hearing ability and not able to talk, this all while her baby in womb. 
  • During this period, doctors said, if she could live for a night more then only we can hope she will be alive else nothing was in doctor's hands.
  • Her baby died
  • She went into unconsciousness for a month almost
  • Her brain got damaged at some places and she lost ability to walk, talk  partially.
  • She is not a normal person now like most of us
  • During the time we tried a lot for recovery or solution to her problems.
  • After a couple of years, her husband filed a divorce case against her.
  • Due all this, she is now being treated mentally ill person.

And still I used to shout on her, sometime become violent with her.

Now when she is seeming calm because of psychological medicines, I am feeling very bad for her and her life.

It was a time when we were all tired of treating her and spending money on her.

But when we recall that she the regular person, but suddenly in  a day she was out of the category of normal people, I cannot understand why life behaved such bad with her.

At least, now I assume my responsibility that I will take care of her till last day of our lives.

Unbelievable In America - People Live In Oldest Mall After 48 Abandoned Shops Are Turned Into Homes

Micro lofts and tiny homes have become more and more popular as time goes by. Since finding an affordable place to live can seem tedious, do...