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A historic neighborhood meets an updated way of city living at Common Robinson

Location, location, location. You might have heard this phrase before in regards to real estate, and despite the cliche, it’s true: location can be the deciding factor between a just okay apartment, and one you’ll want to stay in for years to come.

When opening a coliving home, we always take location into account. It’s why our first homes were in New York City, where attainable, comfortable housing for middle-income people was far and few between, and it’s always a factor when working with partners to operate any apartment, from our micro-units in Seattle to a building designed for families in Williamsburg.

Common Robinson, a 27 bed coliving home, hits all of our location marks: it’s close to the subway, a park, grocery stores, and located on a quiet, tree-lined block. But there’s also an awesome bonus factor: it’s located on Strivers’ Row, one of the most famous and historic micro-neighborhoods in New York City. We’re so excited to be able to bring renters the opportunity to live in this beautiful area, and to bring a new way of city living to the block.

Keep reading to learn more about Common Robinson and it’s amazing location (location, location!)

City living made easy

All of Common’s coliving homes come fully furnished with private bedrooms and gorgeous shared suites, and Common Robinson is no exception. Each bedroom offers 4-5 bedrooms, a stunning living and dining area, a renovated kitchen, and several full bathrooms.

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What makes coliving particularly easy is the all inclusive rent. Not only do you get all of your furniture, but your rent also covers WiFi, utilities, and household items and essentials, think everything from toilet paper to pots and pans.. Members also have access to our Connect by Common app, which allows them to chat with other members across the city or country, meet people based on interests, and RSVP to events – which are all virtual (for now!)

Gorgeous spaces and details

The suites at Common Robinson are fully renovated for comfort and style, without deterring from the home’s original charm and historic feel.

We’ve maintained the home’s original fireplaces, gorgeous open archways that connect the hallway, living room, and kitchen, and the French doors and small patios featured in a few of the bedrooms.

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A historic neighborhood

Strivers’ Row is a historic micro-neighborhood located in the heart of Harlem. Despite the beauty of the homes, the country went into a depression shortly after the neighborhood was built, and many of them were never sold. In addition to the depression, the company that owned the development wouldn’t sell any of the properties to Black Americans, despite the fact that they were beginning to make up much of Harlem’s demographic.

When Black Americans were finally allowed to purchase homes on these two blocks, it was the most upwardly mobile of them that moved in — resulting in the name Strivers’ Row. Notable residents included Vertner Randy, the first certified Black architect in New York State, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the most famous Black entertainer of the first half of the 20th century.

In 1967, Strivers’ Row was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and in 1975 it was added the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it’s located only minutes away from the A,C,B train at 135th st. and is a short walk away from the City College of New York.

Tour Common Robinson


Ready to see the space? You can book a virtual tour of Common Robinson with one of our leasing agents directly from our website. We’re also offering other incentives to make your move easier on you and your wallet:

  • When you apply the same day as your tour, you’ll get a $200 Amazon gift card on signing
  • Keep your cash: we’re waiving security deposits for all leases signed before July 1st
  • Looking to stay for the year or just the summer? You can sign a lease for 2, 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Head to our website to learn more and get in touch with a leasing agent! And for more tips on how to move during COVID-19, check out our blog post.

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