A former Wall Street office building is now the home to a new venture by coworking pioneers WeWork that opened on Monday. As shared living space surrounded by private space, WeLive is coliving, like dorms for adults.
WeWork is known for their well-designed spaces, and WeLive continues that trend. The common areas (sitting areas, laundry rooms with pool tables, etc) are purposefully central so that residents have to pass through them to get to their units, helping to encourage sociability. Groups of floors are organized into "neighborhoods" that share larger kitchens, multi-use space, and even BYO whisky bars.
The studios and shared apartments are all fully furnished and stocked with the necessities, so a temporary living situation doesn't feel temporary. While not for everybody, this sounds like a perfect opportunity for recent grads or people who just moved to the city, who don't have much stuff and want to meet new people.
Units can be rented on a yearly or month-to-month lease, and start at $1,375 per person for a shared apartment, or $2,000 for a studio, which is pretty darn affordable for Manhattan.