The Bay Area housing crisis is sparking a new rental concept that includes sleeping pods in shared apartments for $800 a month

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PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) – Renting in the Bay Area is unaffordable for many people, especially when starting a new job or working as an intern. A new concept – sleeping in small, individual capsules in a shared house – is being tried out in Silicon Valley.

Rent for a three bedroom, two bath home like this in Palo Alto could easily range from $6,000 to $8,000. Residents pay $800 a month. While sharing the kitchen and other spaces, the 14 residents sleep in pods that are slightly larger than a double bed.

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“Our pods are actually 2.4m high, so they have enough room for taller people and also some wiggle room, so they’re not like the Japanese pods. They’re a bit bigger,” said Brownstone Shared Housing co-founder Christina Lenox.

The pods come equipped with a temperature-controlled fan, lights, a fold-down desk, and any personal touches you wish to add. Christina, who designed the pods, says she can sleep here all day, like others.

She and co-founder James Stallworth wanted to address the need for affordable housing. They tried this in New York, but met with objections. Palo Alto does not set a limit for renters in a single family home. They also found a cooperative landlord.

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“We told them about our concept and its benefits and how it would help people, and the landlord was interested,” Stallworth said.

The residents are all in their twenties, are just starting out or are doing internships. Luis Alsonso from Peru loves access to the kitchen. Sleeping in a capsule is fine.

“For me, I don’t need a large space. At night, when I go to sleep, I just need a bed,” resident Alonso said.

In one year, the idea of ​​the concept for affordable living space for 20 at two locations. Mainly financed by savings and family.

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