The 44-story Alta Building is one of many skyscrapers that have sprung up in Long Island City in recent years, many of which are still under construction.
Floors 2 through 16 of the building are managed by “Common”, a company that manages shared apartments in nine cities across the United States.
I toured the facilities to check out the appeal of the co-living trend and see why these unique apartments have a 95% occupancy rate, according to the company.
A monthly fee of $80 covers essential household items, including paper towels, toilet paper, and sponges.
Two of the three bedrooms were about the same size, but the first had room for a small office.
The focal point of the micro-suites are modular Murphy beds that fold out from the wall.
In the second room, I took the pillows off the couch and tried to set up the bed. With some difficulty, I was able to manually pull the bed out to rest on the futon, then locked it in place.
A small headboard appears at the end of the bed, closest to the window.
Storage space in the smallest of the three bedrooms was minimal.
But the largest – and most expensive – bedroom had two spacious closets and several shelves.
Comparatively, the estimated rent for a bedroom in a 3-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood was $2,484 in November according to Zillow.
One of the main differences between these apartments and a traditional lease is that residents are only responsible for renting their own room, not the apartment as a whole. So if your roommate can’t pay or decides to leave, that’s not your problem.
But their main selling point is undoubtedly the conveniences. My favorite was this sunny rooftop lounge on the forty-third floor.
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