We started Common to address the need for housing that is flexible, user-friendly, and community-driven. Our mission is to rethink housing from the ground up, answering the question of what residential living would look like if it were designed from scratch today. Today, we’re thrilled to be opening our first residence for 19 members at 1162 Pacific Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
When we first saw 1162 Pacific earlier this year, we knew it would be a great match with Common’s model. With exposed brick walls, big bedrooms, and large, airy common spaces, it had the potential to incubate a strong, tight-knit community of members. The rear garden and roof deck simply added to the appeal. And it was totally vacant, just emerging from a full renovation.
And of course, there was a totally open, 1,800 square foot space on the garden level – the perfect opportunity to create a shared dining room and hall for community gatherings. And by day, it serves as a working space for our members who freelance or happen to work from home. As someone who used to work from home, I know that even a little separation between work and life can go a long way.
Located on Pacific Street between Franklin and Bedford Avenues, our first residence is in the heart of Crown Heights, a vibrant neighborhood with great access to transportation, unique locally-owned businesses, and a friendly atmosphere. As we grow our own community, we will seek to build bridges into and relationships with the existing community that lives, works, and plays in Crown Heights.
Finally, we’ve partnered with some great organizations – including Casper, Restoration Hardware, Parachute, and Slate – to make sure that our fully-furnished rooms and common areas are clean, comfortable, and well-designed. By fully furnishing all Common residences, regularly cleaning shared spaces, and stocking kitchens and bathrooms with supplies, we are removing many of the hassles roommates face when they live together. And by focusing on the customer experience from beginning to end, we’re creating a far better experience for small groups of individuals living together.
In addition, we’ve used technology throughout our journey of bringing our first residence to life. 1162 Pacific features Nest thermostats, Meraki wireless access points, and Bluetooth door locks compatible with keycards, smartphones and Apple watches. To identify the building, we teamed up with a firm that uses technology to find property. Quantierra’s data-driven approach helped us quickly find a building that fit our needs for space, quality, and location.
Since we announced our opening a few weeks ago, we have received an immense amount of interest in what we’re doing. Over the past several weeks we have received over three hundred applications, and more continue to roll in every day. We are thrilled to welcome our new members into the Common community, and we are ever more excited for what the future will bring.