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One Answer to San Francisco's Overpriced Housing: 'Co-Living'

Not quite communes, these young people are seeking cheaper, more diverse living arrangements, plus family-style meals.
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Allegedly popular in San Francisco: Investor-backed individuals turning mansions into modern-day communes, in which a couple dozen residents share meals, chores, entrepreneurial ideas, deep discussions, and maybe, one day, babysitters.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there are over 20 of these communal living estates in the Bay Area, with more on the way. Stripping away the tech influence and large estates, these groups look like the average roommate situation, only bigger. But is "collaborative housing" really a brewing movement?