‘Co-Living’: Reinventing the Commune for the Digital Age

Househappy —  December 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Sandbox House co-living estate Berkley, CA, via Open Door Development

“You are the average of the people you gather around you.” At least according to NEST Copenhagen, one of the latest in a series of co-living spaces popping up around the world.

Inspired by similar co-living spaces like Blackbox Mansion in Silicon Valley and Haus24 in Stockholm, NEST is the equivalent of a modern-day commune for entrepreneurs. This new type of co-habitation was created around the principle of building “intentional communities” comprised of diverse groups of people with “a passion for high-impact ideas.”

The collaborative housing movement has become especially popular in high density, expensive areas like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Each community generally includes enough space to house a couple dozen residents with a spectrum of rent options making co-living a great affordable housing alternative.

While each resident has their own private living area, the communal living estates put a large emphasis on creating shared space and shared amenities to encourage open dialogue, group activities, and community building, in addition to creating a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Source: Atlantic Cities, Nest Copenhagen, and Open Door.

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