How do you make sure a residential building where a dozen co-eds eat, sleep, work, and play doesn’t feel like a college dorm? “Co-living” startup Common is on a mission to find out.
The Brooklyn-based company, founded in 2015, operates a chain of fully furnished apartments where tenants, mostly young professionals and creatives, can rent bedrooms for varying lengths of time. Residents share common spaces like kitchens, living rooms, and even a roof deck, and participate in community events such as museum trips, bowling, and Sunday night dinners. The toilet paper is always in stock, and HBO GO streaming is ready-to-go upon move-in.
Common is a sweet solution for city transplants — if they can afford it. Rooms at Common’s first San Francisco outpost, which opens this week, start at about $A3,248 a month.
Business Insider has the exclusive look inside Common’s new San Francisco building.
Common's newest building is a 12-bedroom, 12-bath walk-up in San Francisco's up and coming (read: fast-gentrifying) SoMa neighbourhood.
Leases are flexible, and can last as few as three months or up to 12. There are only a few rooms still available at Common's newest location.
Unlike traditional dorms, Common's bedrooms are all single-occupancy (though couples may share a room). The rooms look straight out of a West Elm catalogue.
The space's aesthetic is what founder Brad Hargreaves calls 'Hudson Valley Americana,' a blend of warm, homey textures and industrial fixtures.
Each building in Common's real estate collection aims to honour characteristics that are unique to the site. The SoMa location features all original wood paneling.