Want to live in a trendy Los Angeles neighborhood but don’t want to pay the rent associated with it?
One Echo Park landlord has a solution.
This Craigslist offering for a “unique” 1BR/1BA rental is actually a Winnebago parked outside a “beautiful, three-unit” apartment building. For $850 per month – about half the cost of a more typical one-bedroom apartment in this diverse, artsy area – you can have your own 210-square-foot place with a full bathroom, queen bed, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Plus use of the apartment complex’s washer and dryer and hot tub.
The landlord has even tried to spruce the place up a bit with some landscaping, adding potted trees around the vehicle’s windows to bring a little privacy to the parking lot pad.
Here’s the full listing:
“This motorhome was set to be a guest house, but we decided to rent it out to a student or anyone who needs to be close to DTLA. It is situated in the back parking area of a beautiful, 3 unit Echo Park Apartment house. There are citrus trees all along one side, and the other (entrance side) has a few large potted trees along it. There is off-street parking available in the parking lot next door Mon-Fri for $50, and then street parking on Saturday & Sunday (very easy street parking). The unit has an LP furnace, Ducted A/C, full bathroom with a shower stall, a small bedroom with a queen sized bed, full kitchen, dinette, and linoleum/carpet combo. It’s very nice inside, very well kept. Blue/Beige interior. All utilities and WiFi included. Washer & Dryer on site (laundry room attached to main triplex). Hot tub on site as well. Basement storage also available in addition to rental.
“This is a perfect situation for the right person.”
We’re trying to reach the landlord, and we’ll update this story if we succeed.
Landlords in other cities are getting creative as well.
In Mountain View, California, a homeowner near Google headquarters was offering a backyard tent for $965 a month. Rent included an air mattress, pillow and use of the bathroom and shower in the house. The landlord defended his price for such rustic accommodations by pointing out that the normal rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the area – you know, one with walls – is about $2,000 a month.
Other landlords in San Francisco’s SoMa district are trying to get the most out of their properties by maximizing the number of rooms in the house. At one “co-ed community house,” you’d live in a $1,500-per-month closet and share the house with 60 other people.
Another way to make a buck: rent out the space under the stairs. In London, a renter could live just like pre-Hogwarts Harry Potter in a cupboard under the stairs for £500 (about $768) per month.
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