For those of you who don’t know, I live in Seattle! I recently saw an article online saying how while Seattle doesn’t want to become the next San Francisco in terms of cost of living and housing, a lot of other cities don’t want to become the next Seattle with its rapid rise in cost of living and housing in the recent years.
When I first moved to Seattle from Dallas, I was definitely shocked by how little apartment (and of pretty bad quality) I could get in Seattle with the same amount of money I could pay in Dallas for a nice apartment.
Another problem I had in trying to find a place to live when I first moved to Seattle was that I didn’t know many people in the city who I would want to live with/ask to be my roommates :(.
I tried looking for existing housing situations that I could just join as a roommate or find potential roommates through platforms like Facebook and Craigslist, but most of the listings were either for places that weren’t super great or there were too many roommates or even worse, actually looking for literal roommates (“Looking for someone to share a room with me for $500/mo!” – no).
Enter Homeshare! I randomly stumbled on their website while looking for affordable housing options in Seattle (I’m pretty sure my Google query was “cheap nice apartments Seattle” and it ended more as a question than a demand), and I am really glad that I found their site!
To put it simply, Homeshare is a company that partners with luxury apartments in cities that are known for high cost of living, specifically luxury apartments that have a lot of common spaces and amenities, and lower the rent for everyone in the apartment by putting a partition in the living room and renting it out as a bedroom. This helps subsidize the rent for everyone in the apartment, since now 3 people are sharing the rent cost of a 2 person apartment.
Each type of room has a different monthly rent, with the partitioned room (or what Homeshare calls the “converted” room) being the cheapest and the master bedroom (the bedroom with a bathroom) being the most expensive.
Homeshare also provides roommate matching, where they ask everyone to fill out a living habit and roommate preference questionnaire. Once they get your questionnaire response, they try their best to match you with roommates who are of similar personalities or has similar interests as you.
Thanks to Homeshare, I was able to find some roommates that I ended up getting along pretty well with, and a really nice apartment that I definitely enjoy living in. My two favorite things about the situation is are that I get to live in an apartment that’s really nice but also super close to work, and I don’t pay that much in monthly rent ❤ !
If you’re someone who wouldn’t mind (or even enjoy) living with random people and want to pay affordable rent for a nice apartment, then I definitely recommend checking out Homeshare and signing up for a tour (<– this is my referral link for Homeshare)!
Homeshare currently has apartments in these locations:
If you have any questions or want to hear more about my experience at using Homeshare, leave me a comment! 🙂
UPDATE: Homeshare no longer provides bill payments through their Portal, announcement that was fairly abrupt. They have also had other experiences with being very disorganized and unprofessional, so as such I would not recommend it as much as I previously did.