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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Week's Worst Apartment: 9 Roommates, No Privacy, $1,200

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Nauseating apartment ads are a dime a dozen in San Francisco, but here’s one whose particular blend of tweeness, effervescence, and rip-offness achieves a kind of artistry.

First noticed by the Capp Street blog on Twitter, this Craigslist ad offers a room on 22nd and South Van Ness in the Mission for $1,200. A relative bargain in this town, except you’ll share the furnished room with another person (so, basically, you’re renting a bed) and you’ll share the larger apartment with nine people.


Every one of whom looks like a morning person. In fact, the ad alludes to “morning dance parties,” organized Sunday dinners, and other forced revelry.

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To be fair, they seem like wholesome, welcoming people. They work in “tech, medicine, and the arts," so conversation around the Ikea dinner table will be stimulating. They don’t smoke or drink in the house (their own Craigslist pic to the contrary). They keep things tidy. Together, collectively, the nine of them create roommate recruitment surveys with questions like “What awesome costumes do you own?” and “What’s your spirit animal?”

If something can sound carefree and uptight at the same time, it might be this. Still, think about the potential of those morning dance parties.

The ad has been flagged for removal, either because the whole thing was a farce, or the price is absurd, or some anonymous Craigslist user took one look at the pictures and opted for the online equivalent of a mercy killing.  

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