London’s housing crisis has our friends across the pond engaging in the mental contortions that New Yorkers know all too well: how much money can I save if I move in with my significant other? What if it’s too soon? What if we break up and then are stuck together on the lease? London’s press has dubbed the trend of young couples moving in together for financial reasons “hutching up.” I guess because we have sex like rabbits, now we have to live like them too? While the term is dumb, the phenomenon is real, and is a huge factor in New York’s relationships and real estate.
A quick peek at Craigslist confirms that shacking up in a one-bedroom or studio is almost always cheaper than living separately with roommates, sometimes significantly, intoxicatingly so. When my boyfriend and I were moving from a summer in our hometown back to Brooklyn, I spent a lot of long nights on Craigslist, sending out emails to prospective roommates. One night I got curious, and started looking at what we could get if we combined our rents, and I lost my mind a little bit. We could each live in a cramped apartment with two other roommates in bumfuck neighborhoods, or we could live together in a beautiful loft in Williamsburg. Visions of fireplaces and exposed brick danced in my head. No trekking from one side of Brooklyn to the other for date night, purse stuffed full of clothes and makeup. No windowless room with a lofted bed in a converted warehouse where I was once bit by a pit bull. Our own, glorious apartment.
Visions of fireplaces and exposed brick danced in my head. No trekking from one side of Brooklyn to the other for date night. No windowless room with a lofted bed in a converted warehouse where I was once bit by a pit bull. Our own, glorious apartment.
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