What Today’s Coliving Spaces Get Wrong

Ikea’s research lab asked people what they want from coliving. It’s the opposite of what many coliving startups are offering.

To find out, Ikea’s research lab, Space10, launched an interactive website and survey called One Shared House 2030 in November of 2017.

Now, the results are in. More than 7,000 people from 147 countries answered the survey. As it turns out, people really don’t want to share bathrooms–or bedrooms for that matter–but are fine with sharing kitchens, workspaces, gardens, and the internet. People were most open to living with childless couples and single women.

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Co-living startup Bungalow launches with $64 million in funding

The company takes older homes and “repurposes and redecorates” them, modernizing the homes for what today’s renters want. Then, the company vets and matches renters together to serve as housemates in the fully rented-out house.

And now, the company is officially launching nationwide with $64 million in backing.

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How to Invest in Senior Cohousing

Senior cohousing communities may be the next big trend in real estate.

“Senior cohousing fills a significant demand in the marketplace for seniors that no longer want to live on their own, but don’t need assisted living,” says Kevin Vandenboss, broker at Vandenboss Commercial in Lansing, Michigan.

Senior cohousing is designed to meet two specific needs for older adults: a lower cost living and a supportive social environment.

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Expo Real 2018: Co-Living for Seniors. Will It Work?

Co-living developers and operators discuss the growing trend of shared rentals at Europe’s largest real estate and investment event. Is the niche ready to grow out of its Millennial bubble?

In the sharing economy, co-living is growing hand in hand with coworking due to the customers’ ever growing need for flexibility. The trend is gaining popularity across the globe and Europe is no exception. Millennials are at the core of the shared living concept, but operators and developers are already building co-living properties for seniors.

The main driver for the rise, according to industry insiders, is social connection. People need to come together, at any age, which makes this form of renting so appealing. Then there’s also the pricing, which is officially recognized as affordable, even though it’s often not the case.

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Co-Living Startup Ollie Draws Aging Baby Boomers

It’s well known that most baby boomers are still several years away from moving into traditional senior housing communities—but the path boomers will take prior to moving in may have a few unexpected twists and turns. One micro-housing platform created with millennials in mind is seeing boomers as a core part of its consumer base, demonstrating that this generation might already be redefining what “senior housing” means.

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