Man Moves to San Francisco, Pays $400 Per Month to Live in Plywood Box

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
March 30, 2016 4:08 pm Last Updated: March 31, 2016 9:10 am

A man from San Francisco is living in a plywood box in his friend’s living room—for $400 a month.

Peter Berkowitz, 25, built an 8-by-3.5-by 4.5 “bedroom pod” that took him nearly three weeks to complete.

At first, the San Francisco-based illustrator wanted to split a two bedroom apartment with a friend, but, as the rent was still too high, he figured a bedroom pod would have to do saying, “The pod is just a solution that works for me.”

People are typically surprised that I would want to live in a pod.
— Peter Berkowitz

Berkowitz has a bed, a fold down desk, pillows to act as a couch, and a window to let in natural light so he can read “comfortably” from anywhere on his bed—it’s “the coziest bedroom” he’s ever had, he said. 

(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)
(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)

“People are typically surprised that I would want to live in a pod, but I think they tend to underestimate how pleasant a pod can be if it’s designed smartly,” Berkowitz wrote on his blog post.  

The pod cost Berkowitz $1300 in total, “$550 excluding upfront capital costs,” he wrote.  

(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)
(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)
The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,460 a month.
— Zumper

Berkowitz offered his services on his blog for those who are interested in a suitable pod with a “very reasonable price.”

“I’m more interested in getting good at building pods than in making money at this point,” he wrote.  

(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)
(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)

The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,460 a month, according to Zumper, a real-estate marketplace.

(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)
(Photo courtesy Peter Berkowitz)