A private space is not much more than a single mattress on a
floor and a shower curtain hung up to give the roomer a minimum
of privacy. That mattress and the use of a common bathroom and kitchen
can cost $600 a month or more in Toronto or Vancouver.
Many young people can't afford to buy or rent a condo in these cities
unless someone shares the costs.
offered curtained-off ‘private-spaces’
Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca
04 December 2014
The real estate market in downtown Vancouver has become so crowded that
curtained-off "private spaces" and "bedrooms" scarcely larger than
broom closets are being rented out at prices that defy belief.
One posting on Craigslist last week is an example of just how crazy the
Vancouver market has become.
The ad offers boasts of an availability in a "great apartment" for $630
But the "private space" on offer is simply a curtained-off
section of someone's living room, with just enough space inside to lay
a mattress down.
Vancouver resident Rosie Reynold says that’s not the only one. Reynold
went apartment-hunting on a $1,000 budget, and says she saw other
spaces that were simply portioned-off areas of condominiums.
"You open the door and the whole living room would be fenced off to the
kitchen," she said.
This Guy Lives
In An 8-Foot Box Inside Of An Apartment To Save On Rent
Berkowitz was a cook in New York City’s Flatiron District before he
moved to Oakland, California, in 2015 to pursue a career in
He set out on an apartment hunt with a friend and was immediately
struck by the all-too-common San Francisco real estate dilemma where a
place might have a huge living room, but not enough bedrooms. So he
decided to build a bedroom, or pod, of his own.
For the last three weeks, Berkowitz has been living out of this 8-foot
plywood box in his Sunset District apartment. He pays $400 a month in
Berkowitz lives with four other people in the three-bedroom apartment,
not including the pod. He said the other roommates pay about $800 each
for their rooms.
“Living in the box is an instance of sanity,” Berkowitz said. “It is
crazy, but only crazy to the extent that the housing market is crazy. I
think it’s a smart solution to the situation that happens to work for
me and may work for other people.”