Peter Berkowitz is an illustrator, cook, and—most notably as of today—a 25-year-old man who pays $408 a month to live in a box in a San Francisco living room. Berkowitz calls it a pod, but it is a wooden box. Here it is:
Berkowitz told NBC Bay Area that he chose to live in the box because of the ridiculous San Francisco housing prices (one-bedroom apartments go for $3,500 a month, on average).
“Yes, living in a pod is kind of silly,” Berkowitz told NBC Bay Area. “But the silliness is endemic to San Francisco's absurdly high housing prices—the pod is just a solution that works for me.”
Berkowitz expanded on his choice to live in a box in a Medium post:
I think pods can provide a needed fix here. Yes the living room housing my pod is made smaller— but it’s by no means ruined. If pods can provide an attractive way to add a bedroom to an apartment, I think they could help a lot of people out: people with the extra space wanting to bring in more money by subletting, people looking for cheap and simple housing, or people wanting to add another bedroom so their friend can move in.
We're all thinking the same question, though—has it affected his quality of life?
“I really don’t feel like I’ve taken a hit in terms of my quality of life,” Berkowitz told the Washington Post. “I don’t really notice I live in the pod anymore.”
Okay, but—what about when he has sex?
As for sharing the humble abode, Berkowitz said he is currently single and promised to direct any visitors to The Post for comment. “When I have an overnight guest, I’ll let you know,” he said.
It does not sound like he is having any sex.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.