Major landlords are embracing co-living

Dek: Durst, PMG testing out new shared-living concepts

TRD New York /
Aug.August 10, 2017 08:00 AM

Douglas Durst and Frank 57 West

Co-living is no longer the exclusive domain of t-shirt wearing real estate executives. Major developers like the Durst Organization and Property Markets Group are jumping onto the shared-living bandwagon.

Durst is testing the concept at Frank 57 West, a 10-story building on the Far West Side next to its Via 57 West property between West 57th and 58th streets that launched in July, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The developer included a dozen co-living apartments – each just a bit larger than 1,000 square feet – with features like two bathrooms with doors that indicate whether or not they’re occupied.

“We have a new three-bedroom building design that we are testing in the marketplace, and we have received a very strong response,” said Dan Mogolesko, Durst’s vice president of residential leasing.

Co-living units in the building range from $6,200 to $7,200 per month – or about $2,067 to $2,400 per person – and command a significant premium over traditional units. A one-bedroom goes for about $68 per square foot, while a three-bedroom co-living unit leases for $79 per square foot.

PMG said a new division named PMGx has about 5,800 apartments in the pipeline and plans to include co-living spaces in them. The company began offering 30 co-living units in Chicago and has more in the works throughout the country, but none in Manhattan.

“In the end of the day we control the process from soup to nuts,” PMG principal Ryan Shear said. “From buying the land to creating the product.”

Co-living is still a niche market, but it’s gaining traction. Early adopters like WeLive, Common, Ollie and Founder House have partnered with or received backing from developers like Boston PropertiesVornado Realty Trust and Rudin Management, among others. [WSJ]Rich Bockmann

Related Article

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator James Skoufis (Credit: Getty Images, NY Senate)

Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind
LLCs anymore

Reverend Al Sharpton and 1215 Fulton Street (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Historic Slave Theater site will soon be co-living property

Aggressive iBuyer Opendoor acquires title and escrow company

Here are 5 takeaways from TRD’s deep dive into Eklund-Gomes’ national expansion

Nashville broker posts oral sex selfie alongside kitchen and pool listing pics

From left: Rory Golod, Robert Reffkin and 1328 Fulton Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Compass is growing rapidly in UWS and Brooklyn

Elevated risk: Malfunction at NYCHA is putting public housing residents at greater risk of being injured in its elevators

How do brokers get listings from the Department of Justice?