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This is a selection from Humanly, Issue 02, which focuses on Generation Z and teen culture.

The expectation used to be that early 20-somethings would transition from college dorms to shacking up with roomies or with a significant other.

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WeWork’s co-working space in Washington D.C. is home to a wide variety of businesses and entrepreneurs. The building is also the former home of one of the Wonder Bread Factory.

But with millennials taking longer to settle down, and generally extending the adolescent lifestage into their 30s, they’re rethinking—and reinventing—the notion of home. The result is “co-living,” a new take on the commune of the 60s that’s less about hippie ideals than it is about the thoroughly techie ethos of networking, disruption (in this case, the category is home), flexibility (“membership” is month-to-month), sharing (not only utility bills but game nights, karaoke, and fitness classes), and work-life integration (co-living targets entrepreneurial, remote worker types). Co-working start-up WeWork recently launched WeLive, a massive venture into co-living in New York City, and it’s just the beginning. Common, a co-living start-up in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, is pretty standard: 19 private bedrooms, four communal kitchens, and a large work space, as well as Bluetooth door locks, Nest thermostats, and free Wi-Fi, laundry, and cleaning services. Krash, a co-living venture with houses in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., emphasizes networking and mentorship; aside from sharing meals and watching TV, residents brainstorm entrepreneurial ideas, practice pitches, and collaborate on projects. Meanwhile, Pure House (currently one Brooklyn house, with aspirations of expanding into an international network) offers residents opportunities to grow, not only socially, but spiritually: $2,000 per month includes access to dance parties, storytelling salons, yoga and meditation sessions, a masseuse, a life coach, and upstate retreats. While it might seem like amenity overload, housing options like these will increasingly compete with just moving back in with Mom and Dad.

This is a selection from Humanly, Issue 02, which focuses on Generation Z and teen culture.

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