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Will Code for Futon

May 28, 2014

I’m sure plenty of people would be against this for various reasons, but I can see the logic on both sides:

Valleywag has the scoop on this local Craigslist apartment ad offering a 1-bedroom apartment’s living room space along with, one assumes, use of the kitchen and bathroom. The cost of camping out in a stranger’s den? $900 a month. But wait, there’s more! In addition to monthly rent and $50 for utilities, the lucky renter will need to provide 20-25 hours of highly skilled technical labor.

So it’s a 1-bedroom place, and you can sack on the couch for what ends up being a semi-reasonable rate.  Oh, and you need to do some web maintenance as well.  It’s a question I ask in the post below: how much is your time worth?  If it’s time you’d otherwise be hanging out watching someone else’s TV while you hope they go to bed early so you can pull out the futon, then it’s probably pretty cheap to be using it to do a bit of JavaScript.

Of course, having to make deals like this is why I moved out of the Bay in the first place, but I have to say I think this is an arrangement that would probably work for everyone in some circumstances.  It’s obviously not a lasting gig, but what the heck.  It’s good for someone trying to break into a job, and it’s conveniently located if you like being right next to hell.  The apartment owner, who seems to be out a lot, probably also gets some security of having a person in the apartment and parking space, which makes the place less likely to be robbed.

But yea, if it really takes this much to live in the Bay… I’m glad I moved.

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