New rental model offers sense of community, convenience

More people are turning to communual living as a go-to option to save costs. It is particularly popular among millennials, who have embraced other "sharing" industries such as ride-sharing and co-working offices.
Mr Edouard Chamorel, 26, in his One Shenton apartment run by Hmlet, which handles 50 apartments and three buildings in Shenton Way, Raffles Place, River Valley and Joo Chiat. It organises rooftop parties for clients.
Mr Edouard Chamorel, 26, in his One Shenton apartment run by Hmlet, which handles 50 apartments and three buildings in Shenton Way, Raffles Place, River Valley and Joo Chiat. It organises rooftop parties for clients.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Mr Edouard Chamorel, 26, in his One Shenton apartment run by Hmlet, which handles 50 apartments and three buildings in Shenton Way, Raffles Place, River Valley and Joo Chiat. It organises rooftop parties for clients.
Mr Edouard Chamorel, 26, in his One Shenton apartment run by Hmlet, which handles 50 apartments and three buildings in Shenton Way, Raffles Place, River Valley and Joo Chiat. It organises rooftop parties for clients.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Co-living, which maximises area with smaller rooms and shared facilities, appeals to some

Bartender Benedict Poh has given up the comforts of his family home to fork out almost half his pay on a room in a Joo Chiat apartment that he shares with five others.

"My friends think it's dumb to spend money to live on my own," says the 23-year-old. But he feels the expense is worth it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'New rental model offers sense of community, convenience'. Print Edition | Subscribe