Mission District Hostel on Airbnb Offers $1,800 Bunkbed

Last week we directed your attention to a futuristic sleeping pod available in a Glen Park garage; this week, we offer an $1,800 bunkbed in a hostel shared with 30 strangers.

KPIX went “undercover” (meaning they roved around the weirdly empty hostel with a camera) with a current tenant to scope out the Victorian house on Van Ness in the Mission District. The place bills itself Vinyasa Homes Project, and although there’s no sign announcing it as a hostel, it's reportedly listed on Airbnb and has a 30-day minimum stay, meaning tenants are basically establishing residency there.

According to Heidi, the blonde Charon who ferries CBS around the house, she had to answer a questionnaire and do a Skype interview before making the cut as a roommate — a common vetting strategy in today’s cutthroat housing market.

The house boasts three bathrooms per floor, which Heidi notes aren’t always spotless, plus a well-stocked communal kitchen (the fridge probably holds $1,800 worth of eggs).

Heidi told KPIX that some rooms house four people sharing two bunkbeds, with the beds backed up against each other because the rooms are so small.

When KPIX asked chief housing inspector Rosemary Bosque whether such living arrangements are legal, Bosque replied that bedrooms have to be 170 square feet to accommodate four adults. She added that the city can’t inspect the building unless complaints are filed.

Scott Sanchez of the Planning Department told KPIX that a complaint has been filed and an investigation is underway.

KPIX asked Sanchez if establishing residency in such hostels aggravated San Francisco’s dwindling housing suppy, to which Sanchez responded, “So you are pointing out an issue that may need to be addressed further, but at this point the codes don’t address that.”

Vinyasa Homes Project’s website doesn’t list the Mission District location but does include Le Chateau McAlamo, a housing collective across the street from Alamo Square Park. The group’s mission statement reads:

By being mindful, and practicing our Community PACTS + Gratitude, we agree that we can more authentically live. By more authentically living, we can more truly express ourselves – in order to build, connect and sustain communities in which members co-create spaces, relationships, and ideas that resonate with gratitude – for the benefit of living in community.

And it's so self-evident as to go without saying — paying $1,800 for a bunkbed in a room only slightly bigger than a Volkswagen helps you be your best self.

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