Brooke Renteria lives in a small studio apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Her apartment came furnished with a Murphy bed, a built-in desk, and a smart TV. As a tenant, she also has access to the building’s Common Goods room, where she can borrow household items for free. The room is stocked with a variety of objects, from sewing machines to blenders, for residents to use.
Caesura, the apartment building where Renteria lives, is not cheap. But unlike other luxury buildings in Brooklyn, Caesura’s focus is on promoting sharing and community. The Common Goods program aims to reduce consumption, enhance affordability, and create a sense of belonging among residents.
Other landlords are also recognizing the value of shared goods as an amenity for tenants. Some buildings, like the Citizen W10 in Denver, offer athletic equipment for residents to borrow. Others are using technology-driven platforms, like Brevvie and Tulu, to automate the process of borrowing household and entertainment goods.
Brevvie operates vending machines stocked with a variety of items, while Tulu uses a similar model to rent goods in apartment buildings, hotels, and office spaces. Both companies aim to provide convenience and reduce the need for individuals to own and store unnecessary items.
Overall, shared goods are becoming a popular perk for tenants, as they provide access to high-quality resources without the need for ownership. These programs also contribute to reducing waste and creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
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