Girl Ninja and I love our current rental. We have a sweet landlord and really affordable rent. Even though our lease is up in April, we will likely stay here through June so GN can finish out the school year (her work is only 4 miles away). The only downside to our tiny little abode is, well exactly what I said, it’s tiny. Without a garage, a second closet, or a kitchen pantry, space is extremely limited (we’re still rocking plastic tubs underneath our bed). We could definitely use a few more square feet.
Since Girl Ninja and I like keeping our housing payments well below our means, we aren’t really interested in coughing up some dough to rent a bigger place. But, and this is a big
butt but, we would totally be willing to go back to the days of college and find roommates. Communal living at it’s finest.
Well, not just any roommates. More like two of our really close friends, that are renters, that are married, and would be willing to live with us. Unfortunately, not too many people fit that billet.
Our rent is $975/month for 700 square feet of living space. If we bumped our budget up to $2,000/month though, we could literally rent a three or four bedroom home in a great location. In fact, here are a few of the available rentals in our area…
We can get more bang for our buck if we double our rental budget. If we lived with another couple in the first house pictured, we would have quadruple the space, quadruple the rooms, for cheaper rent than we are paying now. It almost seems silly not to do it.
Looks like Girl Ninja and I need to make a “recruiting list” and pick our favorite couples. We then will have to convince them that they hate their current living situation, that they have no desire to buy a house in the near future, and that they don’t want kids anytime soon. After we’ve brainwashed said
victims potential roommates, we would then hold formal interviews and run detailed background checks. The couple with the cleanest background and the best resume becomes our new roomies. Sounds like a genius plan doesn’t it?
Okay, I know. There are definitely issues that come up when space is shared. Heck I’m already battling Girl Ninja trying to keep her on “her side” of the bed at night. Couldn’t imagine what drama might ensue with two more people in the mix. A little bit of drama is good though right? It keeps life interesting. Like The Bachelor or something.
Alright, I’m done pitching my communal living idea. Would you ever go back to the roommate lifestyle? Do you know anyone that lives like this? Does it work out for them? What are the pros and cons of communal living as you see it?!?!