Pods are the latest wrinkle in the coliving trend.
Providers of pod complexes like Eddy and Podshare provide furnished rooms and common areas and rectangular sleeping spaces called pods that are big enough to accommodate a mattress. For example, a bedroom in an Eddy unit accommodates four to six roommates in these pods.
This Los Angeles Times report delves into what is driving this kind of communal living by asking residents why they choose this living option. The reasons aren’t necessarily related to the shortage of housing and lack of affordability. Some denizens have sufficient income--one resident makes six-figures-- but because they’re self-employed, apartment landlords frown on what they produce for proof of income or demand too much for a deposit Others pod residents like the community and enjoy having people around, coming home and finding like-minded people to talk to.