LA coliving: PodShare’s permeable intersection between social/privacy




Calling it “a social network with an address”, Los Angeles entrepreneur Elvina Beck created PodShare, a coliving experiment where dozens of “Podestrians”- travelers, mobile workers or new arrivals to the city- share a communal space filled with sleeping pods or “bunk beds for adults”.

Beck, who built the first PodShare in 2012 with her father, wanted to respond to her demographic’s rejection of widespread home ownership and embrace of the sharing economy. She set out to transform the American bunk bed, creating a more open (and co-ed) version of the Japanese capsule hotels.

For $40 to $50 per night (or discounted weekly and monthly prices), Podestrians can choose a bottom or top sleeping pod (equipped with a lamp and a small flatscreen television with Internet access) along with all the shared spaces, including a kitchen (with communal food, and space for individual storage in the pantry and fridge), bathroom, showers (toiletries included) and a communal lounge.

Currently, there are 3 locations in Los Angeles, but Beck sees the model as scalable across the country and, similar to a gym, members could have overnight access at any location.

PodShare doesn’t own any of the locations, but instead rents empty space from landlords. They stay away from residentially-zoned properties and instead focus on converting commercial or live/work spaces. Beck and her partner Kera Package have evolved the pods so they are now modular and totally mobile so they can go up and down at any location when a lease ends.

In reflection of the sharing economy’s privilege of “access” over “ownership”, Beck tries to outfit each location with extras like bicycles and instruments. She hopes each location will eventually have bigger extras, like a gym or pool. Currently, the Hollywood location even has a recording studio and editing bay.

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23 Comments

  1. Jim M
    November 19, 2017
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    I wanna make babies and raise my family there !

  2. Rajdeep Kaur
    November 19, 2017
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    they should have more of these but for free to help ppl on streets in every country but i guess there will be trust issues for ur belongings u cant trust ppl nowadays but its costly u can find cheap hotels

  3. CasMullac
    November 19, 2017
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    "We're testing always testing and moving on." That's bullshit for "We stay as long as we can until the local authorities find out what we are doing."

    "If you snore you're extinct." isn't that discrimination based on a medical reason?

  4. The Southern Lady
    November 19, 2017
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    Rejected it at first… then warmed to the idea as being a better option than homeless… then she uses the word Constitution as if it is a bad thing. I cannot be around people who think that way. They go beyond my level of tolerance. The pod idea is a good one, in relation to folks who want to travel a lot and have a space of their own for a time… I really like that. It gets away from the commercialism that is choking our nation to death… I like that too but there is not one thing wrong with our Constitution.

  5. Devi 4211
    November 19, 2017
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    If one is rotten for having sex, well I guess your mom is filthy rotten since you exist.
    Can't believe what I'm hearing.

  6. Heinz Fraenkel
    November 19, 2017
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    Expensive novelty hostel

  7. hope hope
    November 19, 2017
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    this might be ok with new generation….but my question is how do you check If a person is a sicko?…..is like homeless people with money living out of the streets. ……I don't know about this concept……

  8. Lakeshia Simpson-Lomax
    November 19, 2017
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    Can we live here

  9. Austin cline
    November 19, 2017
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    Stupid

  10. Preposterous Panda
    November 20, 2017
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    Bowl of grapes is very
    specific

  11. Vivian Nadzharyan
    November 20, 2017
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    I have empty room that I can feet 4 of those.I should start making money on some Ideots to pay $$$$$$$ for one night LOL

  12. Ratri
    November 20, 2017
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    50 bucks tho?? That's just crazy

  13. peetrpeetr
    November 20, 2017
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    Imagine having a headache,,,,,,

  14. Mixz B
    November 20, 2017
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    what do you do about laundry

  15. Amy Lou R
    November 21, 2017
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    Masturbation is "rotten"?

  16. Pinhead Larry
    November 21, 2017
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    If you can't afford living in California there's another alternative then this (MOVE) !!!!!!!

  17. Pinhead Larry
    November 21, 2017
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    Why not put cheap curtains so people ha e a choice I don't want to be around hippie druggies with bear feet that smell like shit

  18. Lazy-K
    November 21, 2017
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    how do i have sexy time in there

  19. Naomi Irons
    November 21, 2017
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    I really want to be there, top capsule for me, it looks like so much fun

  20. keithkrazy
    November 21, 2017
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    I can't see this abiding with zoning and coding, and fire law ….

  21. ABD120
    November 21, 2017
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    She sees some amazing new way of concept living. Everyone else sees a hostel with wood in it

  22. Awesomeowsauce
    November 21, 2017
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    Can kids go to these pods?

  23. Makenzie bundy
    November 22, 2017
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    whats wrong wif having sex or even having ur own privacy

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