Couples at Common

For Valentine’s Day, we’re checking in with just a few of the many couples that live at Common. What’s it really like to live with your significant other plus several suitemates? We spoke to three couples living in Common homes in San Francisco and Brooklyn.

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Meet Mafalda and reino, living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
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Coming From: South of France (Mafalda), South Africa (Reino)
Time in NY: 1 year
Time at Common: 7 months
Home: Common Albany
Mafalda works in banking
Reino is a SAP technical consultant
Hobbies: Travelling and discovering new countries, cultures, and restaurants.
Horse riding and sailing, competitive PC gaming, golfing, and pool/billiards.

NYC Discoveries: Murray’s Cheese, East Village Cheese and the many rooftop
bars in Manhattan and Williamsburg.

Mafalda and Reino’s Story

Mafalda: Our move was complicated with Reino leaving his country for the first time and myself going back to France then coming to New York. Common gave us the flexibility and ease to move without having to worry about finding a temporary place for 2 weeks and a permanent place. I had to deal with this process in Chile and South Africa and often the limited time you have to find THE place makes it stressful and you end up finding a place that is not what you wished for.

I guess moving into Common had a risk but it was worth taking! We also wanted to make friends (preferably Americans) so what better way than to share a house. We now are a family within a bigger family!


Reino: I don’t feel like I can really add any more to Mafalda’s answer, except to maybe highlight again how easy it was to move into Common. If you look at all the stresses involved in uprooting your life and moving to a new country, moving into Common was completely stress-free.

Not only that, the chance to instantly meet new, friendly, like-minded people that make you feel part of a community, made a huge difference. My mom told me, before leaving for the US, that it’s easy to feel alone in a big city, and Common solved that problem.

Mafalda: I would say that living at Common as a couple is not different than living as a single person. If we want privacy, we have our room. The great thing is also the fact that we have our own bathroom.
Community wise, living at Common gives us some space if we need itl Reino can watch soccer with the guys and I can chat with the girls whenever I want to!

Reino: I don’t really think I can add anything else to this. It’s so easy!

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Mafalda: Out of all the events we’ve attended as part of the Common community, I don’t think I can pick a favourite, but I think our Sunday brunches make Common Albany feel like home to us! Reino: I also love the Sunday brunches. The cocktail class we had recently was great! Ben, from Common Pacific, organized it well and used his budget well. We got to learn how to make some classic cocktails, and just drink, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

The impromptu get-togethers we’ve had at Common Albany are some of my favorite “events.” People randomly get back from work, have a drink, and before you know it we are still hanging and having fun at 2am, or watching a movie or tv show together.

Fun Facts we discovered through this chat? Reino is fluent in English, Afrikaans, and German. Mafalda competed in Rhythmic Gymnastics from ages 6 to 18.

Meet Angela and Chelsea, living in Williamsburg, Brooklynchelsea angela couples at common

Coming From: San Diego (Angela) Santa Fe (Chelsea)
Time in NY: 3 months
Time at Common: 3 months
Home: Common Havemeyer
Angela works in Theater and Film
Chelsea is a Professional Dancer
Hobbies: Angela- hockey, Chelsea- learning French
NYC Discovery: Dō, a place like an ice cream shop, but instead you get scoops
of cookie dough! The future is now!

Angela and Chelsea’s Story

Moving to New York was a little daunting and we chose Common because it made it easy. We liked that there was no broker fee and for the price of our rent, so much was included. It has been great to move into such a nice, furnished apartment while we get settled in the city.

The events at Common are great for us, as a couple, to make mutual friends. It’s also awesome that we have professional cleaners come in once a week, so we don’t have to worry about splitting up chores in the shared spaces. Nice thing to not have to worry about in a relationship. 🙂


We absolutely loved going ice skating at Prospect Park before the holidays. It was fun to meet people from all the different houses with such a laid-back and fun activity. We have been skating at many different rinks on both coasts, but that one was pretty great.

Meet Dianna and Micah living in SoMa, San Francisco

couples at common dianna and micah Coming From: Their hometown in Texas
Time in SF: 1 year
Time at Common: 4 months
Home: Common Minna
Micah is a professional sales trainer
Dianna manages Sparking Young Duo, their couple’s lifestyle and travel blog
Hobbies: photography, cooking, and coffee drinking 🙂
SF Discoveries: Hiking Lands End, Sam Wo, Dandelion Chocolate, and Sightglass

Dianna and Micah’s Story

Choosing to live at Common was simple, because of how convenient it was. With everything furnished and included along with the community, Common made it easier for us to meet people in a city where we knew no one. It also seemed to have a good amount of privacy for “shared housing” as well and has proven to be a great choice!


The best part about living at Common as a couple is it makes it easy to have friends outside of work and a fun community of people to hang out with, but still get plenty of “us” time. Living at Common as a couple you would think it would be difficult to have privacy, but Common has been such a perfect balance for us.

Our favorite event at Common has been Friendsgiving. It was so much fun to see everyone come together and bring things that related to their different cultures. It was also special to Micah and I, because it was the first holiday we had spent away from family. Having friends to gather with was super nice.

Couples at Common enjoy their own space with the opportunity to join the community whenever they want. Couples looking to live at Common can choose from many homes in both San Francisco and New York. At our newest home in Brooklyn, Common Baltic, couples can enjoy even more private space in a studio or one bedroom apartment. To learn more about the Common community, request a call here.

Getting in Touch with Our Local Roots

This month, Peter, our Community Intern, helped organize a unique event series for our members in NYC. Read his recap on this fun and delicious event:

Our members are always planning fun events for the community. At least once a month, Common likes to plan something too. Our members love finding cool things in their neighborhood. So when Local Roots NYC reached out to us we knew we had to make it happen!

Local Roots NYC works to bring people together through local food by giving subscribers the option to sign up for a season’s worth of any particular item that will then be dropped off on a weekly basis.

Founded by our new friend Wen-Jay, Local Roots NYC offers a wide variety of preservative-free options, including everything from fresh fruit, veggies, meats, cheeses, and even homemade pasta! Their goal is to curate socialization between people who are interested in supporting local distributors, while also providing an amazing service to all who sign up.

We were so excited to host Local Roots NYC in Crown Heights and Williamsburg. On the first two Sundays of January, members gathered in the Common areas of our Common Havemeyer and Common Albany homes to enjoy tasty plates provided by Local Roots NYC, as well as learn more about the organization and their mission.

After members had a chance to ask questions, they were then given the chance to sign up for weekly deliveries using a Common discount. Providing opportunities like these to our members is something that we are constantly trying to do. Much of what Local Roots NYC is trying to accomplish aligns perfectly with the values and goals of Common, so we’re excited for what’s to come!

Here are some more photos from the events.

To learn more about the Common community, request a call here.

New Experiences for 2017: Common’s Gift Guide

This is not your conventional gift guide. Yep, we could tell you all about this fantastic bubble wrap wall calendar or the ridiculous/cool Lumio book lamp, yet aren’t experiences more valuable than things?


With two active communities in two of the greatest neighborhoods in the world, we thought we’d share a wishlist of experiences you could gift to your loved ones this holiday season or any time.

Our Favorite Experiences in New York City and San Francisco

For architecture aficionados and explorers:

New York city has some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Sign up for Open House New York and bring your friends on a tour of some of the city’s most iconic buildings and public works buildings. Tours are usually booked pretty quickly, so this is an exclusive treat for true fans of Roebling, Wright, and the like.

Our members in San Francisco took a walking tour to learn about the architecture of their city. If you want to plan a similar adventure, read our full write up here.

For the active set:

Some of our members get together to work out or run together as often as possible. They enjoy a run across the Williamsburg bridge. If you’d like to explore Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhood of the moment, start your run at the lower east side. Once you reach Williamsburg, explore and try to find Havemeyer’s Butterfly for a great post run victory photo opp.


Everyone knows you can see some of the greatest teams play in New York. With Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, and Yankee Stadium so accessible, it’s really easy to drop in. Yet, for something a little different, head to the Bronx to watch a game of Gaelic football or Hurling at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. What’s Gaelic football? It’s best experienced than described. See for yourself in 2017!

DQ  is a project coordinator on our Space team. As part of her role, she travels to our homes to help get them ready for members to move in. Here are a few favorite spots she recommends you visit with friends:

“I spent weekends hiking or exploring different parks. My favorite park would be Dolores Park in the Mission District. A great morning hike towards the Twin Peaks is also a must! And you can’t miss Presidio Park, Golden Gate Park, and walking across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. Make sure you have a way back! These are all landmarks you have to hit when touring the city. Also great photo opps!”

For the adventurous foodies:

Chinatown is a staple, Koreatown is a hidden delight, yet no one ever talks about Little India. Check out this little-known zone of the best culinary exports from Southeast Asia. Don’t know where to start? Eater’s got you covered with their best picks from the area.

Gavan, from our Admissions team, spent some time in our SoMa homes this past summer too. His recommendations for the city’s best eats are the food trucks. Gavan shares, “Hit up one of the 3 food truck parks (Soma Streat Food Park, Spark Food Truck Park, G Food Truck Lounge). Go as a group. It’s the most fun because you order different foods and share.”


DQ, also adds, “In the 5 weeks I spent in SF I learned a lot about SOMA. One of my favorite things to do was start each morning off at The Market in the Twitter HQ building. As a New Yorker, I would equate the Market to a trendier/ healthier hybrid of Urban Space in Midtown and a Whole Foods.”

For the music lovers:

New York has so many music venues all around Manhattan and Brooklyn. One hidden gem? Good Room in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. It’s Good Room section is built for live performances or DJ sets while it’s Bad Room has the larger bar set up. See some unknown bands mixed with a variety of known acts such as D’angelo and Chairlift.

For Those craving alternative bar scenes:

When you want to escape the monotonous bar scene, head to Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood for some fun at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. One of our members, Cole, tipped us off to this great spot. “It feels like you’ve stepped onto a Wes Anderson set. Don’t feel like paying for a shuffleboard court? Check out life-size Jenga!”


DQ was excited to find, “the famed Tonga Room inside the historic Fairmont Hotel. The experience alone will keep you talking about it for days to come! A sprawling tiki themed spot from the 1940’s with a pool and a floating raft that cover bands sing old songs.”

For the beauty Buffs:

Take your Sephora-obsessed friends to Bite Beauty Lip Lab for an indulgent treat. At the lab, guests can create their own lipstick from shade to texture to flavor. Choose from matte or shiny, over 200 shades, and 6 pretty appetizing flavors. I visited this spot with the team in December and had a blast.

Farewell to 2016

This past year was a blast and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store. We visited Brooklyn’s best karaoke spot, opened our home to the community for a movie premiere, and celebrated our one year anniversary. Learn more about homes and schedule a tour here.