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How people want to live in 2030

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Coliving in the year 2030

A Space10 initiative asked over 14,000 people about their thoughts and preferences for coliving in 2030. The questions vary from community size and members to the degree to which spaces and facilities are shared. Here’s what they said.

More ways to socialise

When asked to select the #1 reason they would want to live in a coliving community, most listed “more ways to socialise” as the most compelling reason. This may seem surprising, as socialising is not something that relies on necessarily sharing a living space. Yet, young people increasingly are feeling lonely — perhaps a consequence of the physical distance that digital connectivity has brought with it. Moreover, young people are tend to blend working and private life, and want to connect with those working and living around them. In light of this, it makes sense that people who want to join a coliving community are, first and foremost, social creatures with an openness and desire to bond with those around them.

Small, diverse communities

Interestingly, most people prefer to live in smaller, close-knit communities (4-10 people) than in larger communities. This generates a more personal, comfortable atmosphere at home. Yet, the type of people they want to make up that community come from all walks of life. When asked to select any number of member types, from single men or women to couples with or without children, results were varied. Children were an exception to the general acceptance of all types of individuals, with a slight preference for children-less couples and singles. Dog and cat lovers will be happy to hear that they are among the majority, as pets were very favourably approved by most.

Sharing? Yes, for the most part

Coliving, as such, is not always defined in uniform. The degree to which spaces and facilities are shared can vary from one coliving space to another. When asked which and how many parts of the apartment members would want to share with their colivers, most areas were deemed fit for sharing. Two clear exceptions to this were private bedrooms and bathrooms. The former was an expected outcome, also because “lack of privacy” was the main and only clear disadvantage respondents see in coliving as a whole. The latter, however, seems to suggest that hygiene is a second concern, at least for some.

It's all about location

Finally, an interesting question regarded the location of the coliving home. Where would individuals like to live, provided the community can be relatively autonomous and independent (agriculture, energy and other necessities were hypothetically solved with sustainable high-tech solutions). Given the choice between living in the calmer suburbs and the buzzing city, the overwhelming majority of respondents opted for the city life. It seems the secret sauce of outdated real estate also holds true for the innovative coliving lifestyle of tomorrow: location, location, location.

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