Co-working is an already established reality. The next frontier is communal living
. Several startups are operating in this space and are testing solution to try to make living in tech-hubs more affordable. The latest in chronological order is Starcity
. The company is working on a 18 story building with 803 single-occupancy units in the heart of downtown San Jose, a city in the crosshairs of California’s housing crisis.
The project reminds the low-budget single room occupancy hotels, or SROs, that in the early 20th century provided affordable houses to the emerging blue-collar working class in industrial cities.
Starcity is not the first company in the communal-living market. The We Company (We Work’s parent company) inaugurated We Live
in New York in 2016.