Housing in San Francisco is expensive.
In fact, it's the most expensive city in the country for renters, with one-bedroom apartments going for $3,530 per month, according to the real estate website Zumper. So it should come of no surprise that some residents are turning to more affordable and unconventional living arrangements.
Peter Berkowitz is an illustrator who lives in the Bay Area who pays just $508 per month. He lives in a bedroom pod, which he and others constructed in his friend's living room, just down the street from the beach.
"It's the coziest bedroom I've ever had," Berkowitz wrote on his blog. "It's the only bed I've had with a fold-down desk, a slanted + cushioned backboard, and uniformly ideal light for reading (I can read comfortably from anywhere on my bed."
Berkowitz said it only cost him $1,300 up front to build the pod, excluding another $550 in capital costs. The $508 monthly rent includes the full cost of construction ($108 per month for 12 months totals around $1,300).
Berkowitz admitted the idea might sound "silly" to some, but didn't discount the "solution" it provides him, and possibly for others.
"I think pods can provide a needed fix here," Berkowitz said. "I think they could help a lot of people out."
"People with the extra space wanting to bring in more money by subletting, people looking for cheap and simple housing, or people wanting to add another bedroom so their friend can move in could all benefit," he added.
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