developments in urban areas. In co-living, residents live in a furnished apartment
with others in which each person has their own bedroom and shares both
common areas and amenities. This is basically off-campus upscale student
housing but with a target group of single young professionals, who are at an age
not far off from undergraduate students.
Todd Rosenberg, a proponent of co-living developments and co-founder of
Pebb Capital in Boca Raton, thinks that the demand for co-living will persist past
the CoVID-19 pandemic, as “it enables residents to enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle
at an achievable monthly rent level through smaller unit sizes” (San Juan,
“Rosenberg: Co-living will continue”). On the surface, Rosenberg’s claim makes
sense, as many believe millennials have a more dire financial situation than
other generations, and thus a greater number of them choose to stay single and
opt for co-living.
However, this will create an excuse for landlords to increase prices of
co-living by making amends to crowd people into tinier apartments. Also, as more
people look for work in urban areas, it leads to more consumers and thus price
increases. However, the co-living developments do not address the problem of
social isolation because a person cannot choose their roommates and thus must
live with strangers, who potentially could cause conflict within the apartment.
Also, people might not even look for co-living apartments in the first place
because of their existing relationships, or they may find it more appealing to live
in suburban areas with lower rental prices.
Other proponents of co-living apartments claim that the marriage age now
is much higher than a few decades ago. But, Elliott, Krivickas, Brault, & Kreider
(2012), when discussing the marriage age of people, note: “for men, the median
age in 2010 was only 1.9 years higher than 1890 and 2.1 years higher than 1900”
while “the median age at first marriage for women in 2010 was 3.2 years higher
than in 1890 and 3.4 years higher than in 1900” (p. 11). The claim that nowadays