For $1,375 a month, you can live in a styling New York City apartment complete with wellness room, Jacuzzi, and chef’s kitchen on hand.
There’s just one catch: you’ll need to pull your curtain behind you at bedtime because you won’t be alone.
Billion-dollar unicorn start-up WeWork, who brought us awesome shared work spaces, are now launching their newest venture – communal dorm apartments.
We recently gave you a first look inside WeWork‘s first Canadian office in Montreal. The co-working space in Place Ville Marie offers businesses a membership to hot desks across the company’s network of offices and the ability to connect with over 50,000 members across the globe.
Oh yeah, there’s also endless tea, coffee and beer on tap.
Sure, it’s one thing to grab a desk and share an office with other young professionals and entrepreneurs. But what about sharing your apartment communally? That’s the same as having a roommate, isn’t it?
Well, not quite. This is co-habiting with a difference. WeWork created WeLive with the hope that we’ll want them to rent us a place to live too.
And it certainly has its perks. There’s beer and yoga thrown in for free, you don’t have to sign a rental agreement, and you can opt in for a few days, months or even a full year. Housekeeping and clean linens come as part of the package.
The apartments come fully furnished and equipped – most of the rooms in the pictures look like a page straight out of the IKEA catalogue, or the Pinterest pages of your dreams, with artfully hanging kitchen utensils that dangle from a wooden pin board.
As per the website: “From mailrooms and laundry rooms that double as bars and event spaces to communal kitchens, roof decks, and hot tubs, WeLive challenges traditional apartment living through physical spaces that foster meaningful relationships.”
Which all sounds wonderful. The only trouble is, $1,375 a month is still quite a lot of money to pay for a Murphy bed that folds down from the wall or is tucked behind a curtain – all while sharing with other roommates – no matter how much San Pellegrino you throw into the mix.
But taken as a non-permanent arrangement, it’s a much more compelling enterprise. Imagine getting a new job in New York City and not having to worry about crashing on a friend’s couch for weeks while you find a place, or taking all your furniture with you in the car. And for recent graduates, or the next Jordan Belfort (it’s located on 100 Wall Street), it’s not a bad way to get started.
Privacy comes at a cost – $2,550, to be precise, for a private room. But the whole charm of this arrangement is surely the price point, even if that means bunking up with someone else.
With yoga, beer and (fairly) reasonable, we’re sure many millennials would be happy to suck up their pride and room with a stranger.
Especially since there’s no arguing over who does the dishes.