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Want To Live In An $8 Million NYC Apartment For $1 A Month? Just Make Friends With This Eccentric Brit

SpareRoom founder, Rupert Hunt wants to hang out. And he might just rent you a room in his place for a dollar.

By Annette Barlow October 20, 2016
All photos courtesy of www.spareroom.com

Cannibals looking for dinner “guests”, drunken-purchases of 1,500 ladybugs for resale, desperate calls for vegetarian exorcists: the internet can be a dark and strange place. So if you stumbled across a single guy advertising a room for rent in an $8 million West Village loft for just $1 rent per month, you’d assume he was a stone cold weirdo, right?

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Not if that single guy is Rupert Hunt, millionaire founder of SpareRoom, who is using his digital roommate-finding platform to secure two new live-in friends for his 3,400 square foot New York loft, located on Bleecker St. A publicity stunt, you cry? Well, possibly: he’s got form. In January of this year, he did the same thing with his $3.5 million mansion in East London’s uber-cool Spitalfields area—complete with dedicated disco room—asking that each of his new roomies pay only what they can afford.

NYC Apartment

Now he’s living in NYC and is keen to share his ridiculously beautiful home with like-minded individuals. So, what kind of roomie is he looking for? “I’m not after roommates who just want cheap rent,” Hunt clarifies. “You’ll need to genuinely want to share with me—for your own benefit as much as mine”. It if seems like an unnecessarily elaborate conceit to draw in new roomies, it seems that Hunt—despite his wads of cash—is actually just a normal guy, motivated by pretty normal things. In his original ad, he says:

“Thanks to the success of SpareRoom, I’m in the fortunate position of not needing to share for financial reasons. I share because I love it … living with the right people beats living on your own any day, and that’s never more true than when you’ve moved to a new city. The people you live with in those first few months have a huge impact on how your life there develops and how much you enjoy the experience. I don’t want affordability to get in the way of finding the right roommates.”

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Well, the “right” roommates are in for one heck of a sweet deal, as the apartment in question is officially off the chain. With an industrial vibe running throughout, the home boasts exposed brick walls, huge banks of windows, colossal sky lights, warm wood floors and dramatic exposed beamed ceilings.

Each bedroom—understatedly decorated in soft whites—has its own walk-in closet and private bathroom (each with soaker tub), and both roommates would have full access to the mammoth open-plan living space, where a super modern kitchen boasts slab cabinetry and a slick waterfall island. If that’s not enough, outside there’s a 1,500 square foot roof terrace with a 360° view, complete with a 17-seat barbecue area.

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Now, Rupert’s a gently eccentric Brit, so you’ll need to appreciate his love of tea, Scott Pilgrim fandom and dad-jokes, but if you can weather that, you might just be in for the DEAL OF THE CENTURY.

As anticipated, he’s already been flooded with applications, but he plans to collate those he likes, conduct some interviews and then invite back the people he likes best. Head over to SpareRoom for details.

Annette Barlow

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Annette Barlow

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Annette Barlow

Annette is freelance editor, sub-editor, journalist and proofreader with a fierce love of all things feminist, food and music. She is a regular fixture on the arts, culture and feature desks at The Guardian, and her words have appeared on NME, Great British Chefs, The Fly, The Line of Best Fit and Australian Times.

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