When I first started writing this blog, I wrote about seeing an ad on best of Craigslist: a woman renting out her bathroom in her NYC apartment. Now, another one shows up, someone in San Francisco renting out their 20 x 24 square foot bathroom (pretty huge for a bathroom, no?). I thought the first post’s specifications were a little weird, but check this out:

The only thing is we require that you remove all your stuff every morning (after you bathe of course) so that we can maintain the appearance of wealth even though we don’t have much money these days. We are meeting with venture capitalists and have a new technology we are trying to showcase and we bring investors over all the time and we don’t want them knowing we have somebody living in our bathroom.

Oh yeah, and this “PS – we aren’t racist, but we do want people who fit our image and personal brand aesthetic. No bargain shoppers, manual laborers or people who look comfortable on public transportation.”

What gives, is the economy really that bad? With the first ad, I chocked it up to the ridiculous means someone would go to live in NYC, but now I’m not so sure.

And how much would you pay in rent to live in a large (0r small) bathroom in someone’s house…


From best of craigslist, NYC:

I have a huge bathroom

I am a female in my mid 60’s and I am looking for a room mate. Times are tight and I need some extra money.

I am willing to rent out my bathroom in my 1 bedroom east village home.

My bathroom is large. You can easily put a twin air mattress in there. I only ask that when I need to use the bathroom, you or your air mattress are not in it.

I do ask that when you are in the apartment, you confine yourself to the bathroom. I do not feel comfortable with a stranger walking around my living room. This might change as I get to know you better.  You may have guest over as long as they are cnfined (sic) to the bathroom as well. This might seem a bit odd but please remember the rent is $400 and the bathroom is large.

Even for $400, I don’t think this woman is getting any takers. I, for one, am happy to spend a little more on an apartment where I have my own bedroom (and bathroom!) and don’t sleep on an air mattress on the floor of someone else’s (large!) bathroom. But who knows, it is New York, and we all know how different the real estate market is there vs. in DC. Or not.