Last month, The Bold Italic readers scrolled in horror as we debuted our new series, Sketchiest Bay Area Apartments You Can Rent Now. Readers really enjoyed seeing how dark the depths of Craigslist can get, from a chilling crawl space in an attic to a room you had to vacate on the weekends. Since the article was such a hit, the editors are trusting me with a monthly search for these rental gems.
Join me as we go down the rabbit hole that is the Bay Area rental market. And if you’ve come across any sketchy local rentals recently, let me know so I can share it!
For the affordable (?) amount of $1,062 a month, you can have your very own half of a living room to call your own! Privacy, you ask? Well, of course—this makeshift bedroom comes with its own curtain to divide your soon-to-be roommates’ movie night from your peaceful snooze fest.
Another converted living room here, this time located in the highly desirable SOMA. What’s that phrase realtors use? LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! I mean, who needs an actual room when you’re in such prime real estate land (insert eye roll)? Like the one listed above, this place also grants you lots of privacy courtesy of tons of dividers.
Is this a tech cult? Possibly. You’ll share the sleeping quarters with five other members (not roommates, OK?) The trade-off? According to the website, you’ll have access to conference rooms, lounges, game rooms, outdoor patios with fire pits, a Jacuzzi, park spaces, rooftops, etc., all depending on which home you join. And you’ll never have to buy toilet paper ever again—the rent covers that.
Much like I warned last month, please stay away from sketchy listings like this one. Also, I wonder why the folks over at Craigslist aren’t vetting postings more carefully.
It’s safe to say that some of the rental listings you come across tend to stretch the reality of what the place actually looks like. This rental gives off more the vibe of sleeping quarters right after the apocalypse breaks loose than a cozy living space. I mean, do you think that your in-laws would be delighted to stay in there? My guess is no.
One day (or so I hope), Craigslist will catch up with these landlords and their misleading rental postings. This is another case of a “commuter” space, while is labeled a studio, but you get only a mini-fridge and a microwave, and you still have to pay for utilities as if you were occupying the place full-time and had a functional kitchen.
As I first shared last month, commuter rooms seem to be the latest layer added to the Bay Area housing crisis. There’s an increase in the number of these type of listings advertised compared to last month. While some rentals offer to let you stay at least until Friday, others, like this one in San Francisco, offer you a shared room for a max of three days, and you absolutely cannot leave any belongings behind.
This is a new type of rental that I came across while browsing the Marketplace section of Facebook, which is, indirectly, Craigslist’s competition. Starting at roughly $1,900 a month, you can rent a hotel room with a kitchenette through a third-party site called Anyplace. Is it cheaper than booking directly through the hotel’s site? Possibly. Is it sustainable long-term? Probably not.
See you next month for more of the Bay Area’s most undesirable, overpriced housing gems.