Saturday, 21 May 2011
When I was new to New York, I spent a lot of time trolling Craigslist for potential roommates. And, as anyone who spends enough time on this website is bound to do, I stumbled onto something a bit... unorthodox.
The ad was posted by a young, handsome, successful man (or so his photo and description would have you believe) who needed a female roommate to share his beautiful, brand-new two bedroom apartment in Chelsea. Rent was only $200/mo and included all utilities, cable TV and wifi, plus access to the building's fitness room, pool and sauna.
The female stipulation and reduced rent obviously raises red flags. What is it that this female roommate would have to do, you ask, in order to pay just two hundred bones a month for such a sweet living arrangement?
The answer, I learned, was this: All she would have to do is be comfortable walking around the apartment in her underwear, at the times when she would anyway if she lived alone.
Huh. That's it? Well. Why couldn't he just get a girlfriend to do that naturally? Maybe he doesn't want the attachment. But a roommate? She lives there. Maybe she's just another piece of decoration for his sweet bachelor pad?
Whatever. The truth is it stank of weird. But there have to be people out there to whom something like this would appeal. I mean, the ad isn't up anymore...
Is this something you would ever consider? Why or why not?