Coliving has been on my radar for awhile.
I discovered it while working on another platform I started, an app for finding roommates. Because of my immersion into the rental industry, I began to see the rise of 'Coliving' a couple years back.
As we continued building the roommate-finding app, coliving was becoming more prominent.
I finally got the opportunity to interact with coliving when my girlfriend, a travel nurse, got assigned to a 3-month contract with a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Faced with the need to find short-term housing, we begun scrounging the interwebs on sites like Facebook Marketplace, AirBnb, Craigslist and Furnished Finder to find an accommodation.
Her requirements for a rental were unique.
- Fully-furnished apartment (didn't want to spend money on furniture she'd be getting rid of in a couple of months).
- Month to month or short-term lease.
- Space is vacant days within her contract starting and ending no more than a couple days after.
- Within a few miles from work.
- A private room.
- No roommates (this was a want more than a need).
As we endlessly searched the internet for housing that fit her needs it occurred to me that we were sleeping on this new thing called coliving.
I doubted there was any coliving in Pittsburgh. It's still a new concept and more common in large cities like Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco.
With one Google search I came across a coliving space called Ollie. We did some research and it checked every box with the exception of no roommates. At the time she signed her lease the two other bedrooms were vacant so she'd have the entire apartment to herself until they filled those beds.
Having heard so many horror stories of navigating the rental process over the last few years, we were incredibly surprised by the convenience and quality of coliving.
From that moment I've been fascinated at the model and realized how many cities and properties were popping up.
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