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Commonspace Brings Co-Living to Syracuse

Commonspace Brings Co-Living to Syracuse

Moving to a new city can be daunting. Finding an affordable apartment and trying to meet new people aren’t the easiest things to do when you first arrive. To solve this problem in Syracuse, developers Troy Evans and John Talarico opened a downtown co-living space in, Commonspace.

Located at 201 E. Jefferson St., Commonspace is a co-living space with 21 studio apartments spread across the top two floors of the building.

Units are fully furnished with all utilities included in the rent, offering an all-inclusive living experience. 

Co-living is a relatively new form of housing, often referred to as a “dorm for grownups.” Individuals have their own private living space, but share common areas like the kitchen, TV room, and dining area. The spaces are designed to encourage residents to “hang out” and socialize with each other, making it a great option for adults who are looking to meet new people and make new friends.

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The units have three different layouts available, and start at $850 a month. Each includes a kitchenette, 2-burner cooktop, sink, mid-sized refrigerator, flat-screen television, lounge furniture, built-in bed, storage, fold-down writing desk, and a fully tiled bathroom with enclosed shower.

Shared spaces are on both floors, which all residents have access to.

The fourth floor offers a spacious TV room, game table area, library, shared bikes, and a small living room with free coffee. And located on the fifth floor is the chef’s kitchen and dining area. Tenants also have access to a rooftop deck and Syracuse CoWorks–a co-working space located on the second floor of the building.

Diagram of the fourth and fifth floors of Commonspace

Lay of the Land: Blueprint of the fourth and fifth floors of Commonspace

Commonspace offers flexible lease terms, but be warned. Lease terms for less than a year come at an additional cost.

Also located in the building, on the second floor is the Salt Makerspace. However, unlike Syracuse CoWorks, residents must purchase a membership to utilize the space.

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The Actual Co-Living Experience

Worried about not getting along with the other residents, or even the social dynamic of living in a co-living environment? Commonspace has you covered. Evans and Talarico hired a social coordinator who is in charge of planning social outings and maintaining the peace.

The two also arranged for a monthly “Farm-to-Fork,” dinner where a chef cooks the residents a meal using local ingredients.  

Baylee Buchanan, a junior at Syracuse University, opted for Commonspace as she wanted to meet new people who weren’t necessarily students. “I got a hipster vibe from it, and I thought I was going to be with some really neat people, with lots of different personalities.”

Fifth floor of Commonspace where the dining table and kitchen is located

The Feel of the Place: The 5th floor, where the dining table and kitchen are located

Considering what Commonspace offers, resident Ethan Suttner said it would be hard to find a better living situation. “It’s a good balance of independence and community,” he said.

For more information or to set up a viewing of Commonspace, click here.

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