We are looking for a guy or gal to join our five-person cooperative house in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Our fifth housemate is moving out of town this July, and her room will be available July 1.
Living cooperatively means sharing communal expenses and food, cooking for each other on weekdays, sharing household responsibilities, and creating a community where we live with each other, rather than just alongside each other. We have house meetings once a month and talk openly about how we can best live together. We love our space, and we try our best to keep it clean and tidy. We're looking for someone with a real interest in cooperative living; previous positive experiences living communally would be awesome. Our ideal roommate would be comfortable communicating openly, tidy in the common areas, excited to contribute to our community, willing to work a monthly shift at the Park Slope Food Coop, and planning on staying at least a year.
We are queer-friendly.
We are all in our 30s and are two single ladies, one couple (guy/girl), and a small dog. We're an artist/salsa-dancer, a teacher/wilderness expedition-leader, a theater artist, and a clown/actor/zen student. We are all really into cooking and eating delicious, mostly vegetarian food. We try to eat local and organic and buy most of our food at the Park Slope Food Coop. We like hanging out together at home (cooking & baking, cocktail-mixing, movie-watching) and often hang outside of the house as well (for coffee, bike rides, drinks, contra dancing, bluegrass at Sunny's in Red Hook). We love having our friends around, too--we have frequent dinner guests, throw house parties a few times a year, and often have friends or family stay with us when they're in town. We drink alcohol but don't smoke or do drugs in the house.
The apartment is enormous--2000 square feet, high ceilings--and beeeeeautiful. The huge, sunlit common room includes ample space for work and play and plenty of room for books, musical instruments, art, and your projects! We also have a workshop room currently functioning as a woodshop. We have a piano, washer and dryer, access to a large roof with a great view, two bathrooms with tubs/showers, and a large eat-in kitchen with dishwasher and gas stove.
There are four bedrooms total. The available room is small--10 by 10 feet--with no closet (although there's ample storage space in the house, including a walk-in storage closet just next door, and the current housemate uses a nook in the common room just outside the bedroom as a workspace). The room has no outdoor windows, but two transom windows and a French door to let in light from the common room. There's also limited sound privacy from the common room, so this room would work best for someone who is not sensitive to light or noise.
We all split rent evenly: it is $661.50 per person, utilities not included. We also split gas & electric, DSL, a New York Times subscription, and groceries. Our situation here is month-to-month; we have been here for five years.
We are two blocks from the Union Street R stop at 4th Avenue and five blocks from the Carroll Street F/G train stop. This is a great location in Gowanus on an industrial but safe block, sandwiched between (and very convenient to) Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.
We're around the corner from Brooklyn Boulders and Crossfit South Brooklyn, a few blocks from the Coop, and a ten-minute walk from Prospect Park.
If interested, please email us with an explanation of who you are, what you are looking for in a living situation, and why you're interested in cooperative living in particular. Please include your phone number.
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