What It Is Like To Live In A ‘Millennial Commune’ In New York City

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If you are a 20-something millennial who does not have a lot of money, living in a cool “millennial commune” in a trendy neighborhood in New York City would probably sound very attractive.

“I’m at Pure House, a so-called millennial commune in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. It offers fresh juice, discounts on activities like yoga at its event space in Williamsburg, plus spontaneous dinners and brunches in a positive community of like-minded, creative people.”

Recently, writer Alden Wicker spent a weekend at Pure House, a co-living space located in Williamsburg, New York City, in order to write an article about the experience for Refinery29. The result of this experiment is a fascinating and honest account of this new form of lodging that has been popping up around the city.

“The rent runs from $1,350 to $1,950 a month. That’s affordable compared to everything else in this trendy neighborhood, where a typical rental can be more than $3,000 per room.”

While the rent is relatively much more affordable than what you would usually find in the notoriously expensive city, Wicker found the environment at Pure House to be less than desirable. According to her, the rooms are under-lit and “gloomy”, and the furnishing consists mainly of IKEA furniture, a few paintings and lighting with cables stapled up the wall.

“He has good intentions, but I’m afraid this community could devolve into something unhealthy. Ryan expects the world to change for him and Pure House members.”

Overall, the writer also paints a rather unflattering image of Pure House’s founder Ryan Fix, and the “modern hippie”, sometimes awkwardly pretentious culture that he cultivates among his tenants—this article would definitely be a damper if you are thinking about moving into such a millennial commune.

Read the entire article here for more details about Wicker’s experience at Pure House.

[via Refinery29]

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