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WeWork, Common and Founder House: Three companies pushing coliving in NYC

WeWork, a Manhattan-based startup that has been building tech-focused membership-based shared working spaces, is testing the housing market.

The company said it is "in the early beta testing" of a "community-driven living concept" in the city. "This concept is another layer of our platform focused on enabling people to live more fulfilling lives," the company said in a statement.

WeWork isn't the only company that is building what some have referred as a new type of shared living, where grown-ups get to basically live in a fancy dorm situation and share amenities and have a baked-in community.

These living situations often center around digital-based solutions, in-house amenities like laundry service and shared community spaces. All require an application to move in.

Here are three companies that offer member-based shared living in NYC.

WeWork

Although not official yet, Fast Company, which broke
Photo Credit: WeWork

Although not official yet, Fast Company, which broke the news about WeWork's testing of shared living in NYC, reported over the weekend that the startup's foray into residential space involves amenities like fitness classes, a digital social network and even potlucks. Fast Company reported that 80 people have moved into 45 apartment units at 110 Wall St., which WeWork confirmed to the magazine. WeWork would not provide any other details about its initial jump into shared living. Info: WeWork

Common

Common, co-founded by Brad Hargreaves, got going by
Photo Credit: Common

Common, co-founded by Brad Hargreaves, got going by 2015. Hargreaves told TechCrunch in 2015 that the goal was to make finding a roommate and a community easier than current options, like Craigslist. The company currently offers two different properties in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Amenities include cleaning service, community spaces and open kitchens. They opened their second home last week, with 10 members across three suites, according to the company's blog. Info: hicommon.com

Founder House

Founder House caters to tech workers, with three
Photo Credit: Facebook / Founder House

Founder House caters to tech workers, with three town houses less than 20 minutes from Union Square. Amenities include such things as large common spaces, speaker events with entrepreneurs, free weekly dinners and even feedback on weekly goals. The application process includes a Skype interview, so everything is pretty much based on digital technologies. Info: https://www.founder.house/

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