Single dwellers are on the rise. As attraction to cities shows no sign of stopping, young people in particular are consciously deciding that they are more than willing to shell out some extra dollars in exchange for an individual space located in the urban core. This desire to be at the center of city bustle reflects an ever-present craving for the interaction, inspiration, and overall satisfaction that cities often provide. However, although this increase in living alone may initially seem to point in a direction opposite to coliving, a closer look into the details of these decisions shows that it is a probable next step. Read on to learn about the primary reasons why:
1. Single Dwellers Still Crave Closeness to Others
Although they may opt for a space of their own, singletons aren’t looking for isolation. Their decision to live alone is coupled alongside the affinity to spend plenty of time out and about, engaging with others and the world around them. This lone space simply provides a site for individuals to decompress before returning to their activities. In this manner, single dwellers in cities operate in a similar way to coliving spaces already — they sleep and unwind in their personal room but are otherwise committed to cultivating professional and social networks elsewhere.
2. The Desire for Personal Space, But Not a Lot of It
Single dwellers have shown that they’re certainly willing to trade space for location. While some take this commitment further than others with the rise of micro-apartments, coliving shows that this sacrifice doesn’t have to be so significant. In a shared home, residents still maintain this privacy of a single space by having their own room, but also enjoy the benefits of diversity and interplay that remains essential to them.
3. Careful With Their Dollars
With the ever-rising cost of rent, especially in cities, residents know that budgeting is their best friend. At the same time, single dwellers don’t want to compromise privacy by bringing others into the same room — and shouldn’t have to. Coliving offers a feasible solution the sting of astronomical rent prices while holding onto of the basic priorities that lead individuals to seek their own home in the first place. The sharing of certain spaces while having others remain private helps to keep costs down at no spatial sacrifice.
4. Seeking Lifestyle Similarities
One of the main reasons that those who live alone opt for this type of housing is because they fear clashing with others who do not align with themselves. In other words, single dwellers want to freely practice their own lifestyle without encountering the potential problems that come with an unsuccessful pairing. At the same time, the desire to connect with others and surround oneself with activity remains central. Luckily, coliving meets these needs by not only maintaining personal spaces but also offering high selectivity of candidates to ensure that residents not only fit one another, but feel a continued sense of individual freedom as well.
Clearly, single dwellers are onto something when it comes to what they find most important. It just so happens that their guiding desires also fit perfectly into those of coliving as well. It will be no surprise that the future of cities takes its next step into this modern dimension.
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