It's like dorm living, but for adults. A new housing concept is gaining popularity in Brooklyn. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez has the story:
Olga Golubkova shares breakfast with one of her four roommates in Williamsburg.
She didn't know them before she arrived from California. But when she landed a six-month internship in Manhattan, she needed a place to live and found this unique building, where residents rent rooms in suites, sharing kitchens, living rooms and even bathrooms.
"My contract is currently just six months, and that gives me flexibilty with my life in general," Golubkova said.
Flexibilty, instant companions and a completely furnished apartment.
"They can move in with a toothbrush and a bag, and they're ready to go with their lives," said Sophie Wilkinson, head of design at Common.
A company called Common owns and rents this dorm-style building, which it calls a shared-living community with members, not tenants.
Suites contain a washer and dryer, kitchen utensils and sheets.
Common even provides supplies, from paper towels and toilet paper to olive oil and soap.
"All of the annoyances are taken away," said Brad Hargreaves, founder and CEO of Common. "So we do the cleaning. We furnish things. We supply the basics. We help them split the bills. And they can really keep the benefits of living with others without all the hassles."
Golubkova pays $1,500 a month rent and says she enjoys the social aspect of living here. There's a game room and a movie room.
"On Sundays, we usually watch a movie and we order food. So it's really fun. You get to meet all the people," she said.
So popular that Common, which began in Brooklyn two years ago, is opening its fourth building in the borough, in Gowanus. It features a roof deck. Leases start at $2,000 a month.
Over the past two years, Common says it has received more than 12,000 applications for just 150 available units.
It's expanded its co-living concept to San Francisco and Washington, but says its biggest growth potential is in Brooklyn.
"Seventy percent of our members are new to the city, and they have a uniquely hard time moving to the city, meeting new people, getting to know their neighbors," Hargreaves said.
Problems with a common solution.