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Come live at Our House with us!
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Alternatively, you can email us a video or a detailed email: OurHouseGrowsInBrooklyn <at> gmail <dot> com~
Newly renovated rooms with huge closets available in a fully furnished (negotiable tho if you love to decorate~) upper triplex of a Victorian house in Flatbush. Photos + descriptions below.
+ $1100/month includes heat, hot water, electricity, gas, Fios wifi, free in-house laundry, indoor bike parking, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, veggie CSA share.
+ $1100 security deposit (negotiable) for space and furnishing
+ addt'l fees /deposits per person / animal sharing the space
Our House is a wooden-frame Victorian house undergoing ongoing improvements. There are five steps up to the porch, and then there is a steeper staircase of 16 steps leading up to the duplex. House is half a block away from two Q train stops, around the corner to a number of buses (including express buses) and close to King's Theater, gyms, post office, Cortelyou Road shops, restaurants, food coop, cafés, greenmarket, library and more.
This is flexible and mutable based on current housemate preferences/experiences and communication and will be redefined with new participants. Together, we co-author a Cooperative Agreement we all agree to. Currently housemates share:
+ Monthly community dinners and 4-6 housemate meals a week (each housemate cooks once a week)
+ Park Slope Food Coop membership (
), free CSA veggies
+ an additional sliding scale food and household budget (not included in rent) of approximately $150-$250/month each
+ freshly laid daily organic eggs
+ a solidarity room for guests and co-working
+ Bi-weekly 2-3 hr house meeting or discussion over dinner; and shorter weekly topical check-ins
+ Farmy duties (your choice of animal care, beekeeping, compost care, bi-weekly farming days, etc.)
+ Loaner bikes and a bike repair space.
+ House maintenance, development, and projects!
+ A squatty-potty! A piano! Aromatherapy! Kitchen full of top-of-the-line gadgets! A bidet! A tea bar!
Common spaces fully furnished and renter insured. Decked out kitchen (Subzero, Miele, Vitamix, Cuisinart, KitchenAid to name a few!). Eclectic lending library. Transformer chest of games. Large outdoor spaces (porch, private decks, backyard, garage, driveway) with hammock, swing, tables, fireplace. Designated off-street driveway parking available; additional storage, and workspace negotiable. Opportunities to discuss ownership, power and space.
+ 邵lida: 34-year-old medical school student in hiatus engaged with @/POC intellectualisms and lives. Plays piano, erhu and with cats, animals, and language. Likes to cook/eat, read, farm, watch movies. Full-time Owner & Collective Member working on house renovations with part-time help from community and creating a Community Land Trust with low bono legal and financial help.
+ xtian: 44-year-old visual artist with high-end contracting skills. An avid reader, a pescatarian interested in vegan gourmet. Rides bike as much as possible. Renovating two other places in addition to this house on a part-time/sweat-equity basis. Stepper-to-Own & Collective member
+ M.F. Dulce de la Jaguar: a 3 year old, 28lb, lovable, friendly, clean, quiet supermutt doggie with papers from South Korea. Loves long walks on the beach and shaking their butt. Lifts one paw when focused like an arrow. Multiple beds in warm spots. Brain & Land Trust of the House.
+ 10 pullets: often found publicly scratching, aerating dirt; eating and digesting. Sprinters who prefer warm stones and high bars, they contemplate all spots with equal consideration. Firm believers in sleeping from dusk to dawn. Practice the lost art of communal dust bathing and do not keep all eggs in one basket. Brain & Land Trust of the House.
+ Queen bees (who doesn’t sting anyone else but other queens bees)+their hive: We live for others, work really hard, and support the world. The original mathematicians, we tackle problems from both sides. We guard our entrance fiercely and will collectively buzz in warning. Brain & Land Trust of the House.
We prioritise BIPOC, queers, New Yorkers who stay/ed, people who want to fully engage with cooperativising, and those over 30 y.o. During COVID times, we have maintained no guests indoors since early March, being masked up outdoors, 100% handwashing upon re-entry, and avoiding being enclosed (in cars, trains, shops or other places) with others outside of our pod. We have negotiated additional steps, care plans, disinfection, and cleaning predicated on minimizing the risk for the most at-risk housemates.
IF INTERESTED, next steps:
Fill out the below Google Form, or email a video and/or a detailed email to: OurHouseGrowsinBrooklyn <at> gmail <dot> com.
We read apps as they come in as we could also hold the room for the right person and can be flexible with particular situations.
Historical Photo c1899
Living Room -- piano + lending library
Living Room -- music, stars + lending library
3rd Fl bathroom
2nd Fl bathroom
Everyday life at the house
Our House T Nee Farm 2020 season plan
These questions are more of a guide. Please don't feel like you have to exactly answer every question written. If you feel like your answer is sufficient in response to what we've expressed, then you're good!
Self: How would you describe yourself, your personality, the things you're proud of, the things you'd like to work on? And please share anything else you're comfortable with, which can include: superpower, fave animal, fave book, gender pronoun, who would play you in a movie...
House: Given what you know about the house, what makes you a good fit for the house? How do you anticipate or how will you ensure your fit? Why is the house a good fit for you? What resonates with you? What is something you'd wanna learn more about? What challenges (if any) do you anticipate?
Community: How do you define community? Describe your current community. What would your ideal community look like? How do you anticipate building community within Our House? Tell us about a time your community came through for you. What challenges have you gone through w/your community and how did it go?
How did you hear about our house?
What days and times before July 15 are you available for an interview? Because these are uncertain times, please feel free to let us know how you would feel comfortable to interview (zoom/virtual tour, backyard masked-up, masked-up walk-thru, etc)
What is your ideal move-in date?
If flexible, please leave blank and leave a comment below describing your situation.
(Available now) the Parlor on 1st Floor (140 sq ft, 14’x10’ with 3’x3’ walk-in closet)
(Available now) the Light Room on 3rd Floor (234 sq ft, photo below is only half of it)
(Available now) Middle Earth on 3rd floor (152 sq ft total, 11’x9’ plus 5’x6’ dormer and 5’x4.5’ walk-in closet)
Which amenities, discussions do you anticipating asking for? Please tell us more below.
Sweat as Rent (please describe below how much cash-for-task exchange you are asking for, what tasks you'd prefer and be able to do, and any other complexities you might want to flag)
Designated Driveway Parking Spot
Support for specific dietary needs (Veg Kitchen, gluten-free prep area, no-pork, etc, pls describe below)
I full-time work from home
I would like an in-house co-working study / guest rm
Support for financial scholarship (pls apply even if you believe out of your price range; we are uniquely positioned to be able to negotiate prices)
If you would like, please further discuss any selections above.
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