Brownstone Shared Housing has two locations: the first is just minutes away from Stanford University in Palo Alto and houses 14, while the second sleeps 6 in central Bakersfield.
“We started with how can we house as many people as possible in an existing space in a way that preserves dignity and comfort and privacy,” CEO James Stallworth, who co-founded the self-financed Brownstone with Christina Lennox, said in an interview with Insider.
Both houses are fully furnished with shared co-working and living spaces, along with two bathrooms and a shared kitchen.
What makes the concept different is the “fully equipped” sleeping pods that the company says are 40% larger than a traditional bunk bed.
At $800 per month, which includes utilities, the cost of a pod is less than half the rent of a studio apartment in Palo Alto. Meanwhile, the median sale price topped $4 million in March for single-family homes, according to Redfin.
This feels like a joke from Demolition Man.
You cannot preserve dignity, comfort, and privacy when you charge $800 per month to share a house with 14 people and only have a box that is 40% larger than a bunk bed to yourself.
The old California dream was to buy a house. California once had the highest middle-class quality of life of any state.
Today, the California dream is affording your own pod rental.
This is an obscenity.