Happy New Year! 2018 has been a year of growing, learning, and experimenting for Common. Before 2019 gets ahead of us, we thought we would share our proudest moments from the past year. Here’s what 2018 gave us…
We opened new homes in new markets
Early this year, we opened our second home in Chicago. Common Briar in Lakeview East has gorgeous furnishings from Crate and Barrel, Interior Define, EQ3, and more, as well as community spaces, a backyard, and patio that members can take advantage of.
In the summer, we opened beautiful studios in Seattle: Common Terry and Common Summit. These homes feature pet washing stations, coworking spaces, onsite laundry, and more. Located near Downtown Seattle, Common Terry and Common Summit provide the perfect haven for exploring the Pacific Northwest.
During the final weeks of 2018, we opened Common Melrose in Los Angeles. Members at Common Melrose enjoy beautifully furnished, private bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling closets, marble and caesarstone countertops in their fully stocked kitchens, and spacious rooftop patio lounges. Apply now.
and we have more homes coming soon.
Building from the momentum from 2018, we’re planning to tackle even more major cities across the country this year. Our 223-bed project in Chicago, Common Addams, will not only make Common the largest coliving operator in the Midwest, but it will also triple the number of Common members in the city by 2020.
Additionally, we announced our first coliving home in Manhattan, expected to open sometime this year. Common Clinton will be located in Hell’s Kitchen and exist as our greenest project yet, implementing a solar canopy, motion sensor lights, low flow plumbing fixtures, and smart thermostats.
Did you hear that we’re also going to be in Miami? You can expect to see Common Marti and Common Mariana in East Little Havana by early 2020. In time, we’ll be in every major city in the U.S.
We developed our own housing technology.
In 2018, we took some time to develop our own technology to assist smarter living, member experience, and the onboarding process.
Our biggest win has been the community portal in which members can RSVP to free events in the city, claim exclusive discounts from our partners, and contact other members.
Our easy application process and seamless transfers were mentioned by UNITS Magazine, and Common was named a notable company for creating smarter cities with our use of data and digital technology to address housing strains.
We grew our social media presence.
In 2018, our Instagram following increased by 234 percent, from 2,590 at the start of the year to now over 6K. Our Facebook following also doubled in the past year. We’re so thankful that people from across the country showed interest in coliving and our content. With this wider audience, we plan to bring more engaging topics to our social media platforms, including giveaways and member profiles.
We got people talking.
Thanks to Common’s PR and communications team, a lot more people around the country were made aware of the concept of coliving in 2018. Dwell Magazine named Common as one of the top coliving companies that are changing urban living for the better with “affordability, flexibility, a built-in social network, and great amenities.”
Find our most recent press round-up from past few months here.
With all that’s happened in 2018, we have confidence that 2019 will be one of the best years yet for Common. Subscribe to the newsletter below for the latest updates, and check out our Facebook page and Twitter for up-to-date information about our homes, members, and cities.