At PodShare, a sleeping pod comes with some shelves and a personal TV. It’s in an open space with other tenants. No guests are allowed. The building has two shared bathrooms, a fully-stocked kitchen, a workroom, a TV room, an outdoor community space and free Wi-Fi, Netflix and Hulu. All utilities are included. There are also lockers people can use to store their valuables.
“In a way it’s kind of like going back to college dorm living, except everyone’s older and more mature,” Philippe Dunbar said.
Dunbar said he chose the co-living lifestyle because, “it’s crazy expensive in the Bay,” and he works freelance, so he doesn’t have a consistent income, which makes it even harder to get an apartment.
“Landlords really don’t like unconventional,” he said. “They want paystubs. They want proof of income.”
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Tenants said the co-living lifestyle is a steal for single people who don’t have children nor pets and are willing to live with strangers with very little privacy.
“I was super terrified about just sharing a big open space with so many people,” Kat Walker said. “I’m like, ‘Am I too old for this? Is this like a youth thing?'”
Walker has been living at PodShare locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco for almost two years. She now works for the company as a manager at its Tendernob location in San Francisco.
“It was completely unrealistic to be able to get an apartment on my own or even with a roomate or two,” she said.
To secure a space, tenants book a pod online and then show up with a government-issued ID and their rent payment.
“A traditional apartment is six months rent or an annual lease with credit score, background check, security deposit,” Beck said. “We don’t do any of those things.”
Due to city laws in San Francisco, people have to book for one month at a time.
On the topic of safety, Beck argued that the open floor plan allows residents to keep an eye on each other and report anything out of the ordinary.
“If the whole community finds you to be a cancer, they will push you out,” she said.
In the eight years she’s been in business, Beck said the only incident the company has had involved two tenants who had a sexual relationship, which is prohibited at PodShare.
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Now, Beck wants to take the company to other cities outside of California.
“I love Seattle, Portland and Austin, and I would love for 2020 to be that,” she said.
DAWG SAYS: SADLY, WE HAVE MOVED TOWARDS INCREDIBLY SMALL LIVING QUARTERS LIKE IN ASIA. BUT IS ALL MANY CAN AFFORD IN THE BAY AREA BUT DO NOT WANT TO GO ELSEWHERE…….