Man Lives in a Box for $400 a Month in Friend's Living Room


Peter Berkowitz could afford to pay more in rent. He’s a successful illustrator who has been busy with freelance work ever since one of his cartoons made it into the New Yorker.

The thing is that the 25-year-old doesn’t want to pour all of his money into high-priced San Francisco rent — and so he’s living in a plywood box parked in his friend’s living room for $400 a month.

This is an unbelievable bargain in a city where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is currently $3,590…

3 Responses to Man Lives in a Box for $400 a Month in Friend's Living Room

  1. Anon says:

    I could see this working as a way to be able to afford to live in some locales…Maybe too, it would be company for the apartment owner(s).

  2. Anon says:



    San Francisco evicts man from the $400/month, 28 sq.-ft. box he was renting in his friend’s living room

    Peter Berkowitz thought he had found a cozy and affordable solution to San Franciso’s housing crisis, but city officials have deemed the 28-square foot wooden box he was renting inside his friend’s apartment to be a major fire hazard.

    The Guardian reports that the city is trying to discourage other cash-strapped citizens from constructing their own semi-private pods that violate local housing laws. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,670 a month and there are reports of residents making their own homes in tents, garages or, in one case, a gussied up FedEx van.

    But all the media attention doomed the room-within-a-room. William Strawn, director of public affairs for San Francisco’s department of building inspection, told the Guardian officials immediately tried to track down the box-dweller upon seeing it in the news.

  3. Anon says:

    I don’t get it…
    City Officials shut down the fellow / group above,
    but the following is okay?

    seems along the same idea to me…

    PodShare: Pod-based co-working and co-living community flourishing in LA

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