Friends, this is the kind of collective living we dream of. If we dream of it at all. Which we frequently do. The Lap (which was "The Lapp" at some point, wasn't it?) is a high-functioning lovely house where I've enjoyed many pizza parties and New Year's Eve (pre-midnight) parties. Kristin, the Lapper who put out the call below, is also a totally lovely and rad person. DO IT. (Re pets: inquire within.)
We are looking for 2-3 awesome housemates! Please spread the word to awesome folks who might be interested. . .
We are an established collective group house (called the Lap), and we're looking for 2 to 3 people to join us. We are two women, ages 26 and 30, queer, straight, mature and fun. We really like living together and hanging out, but we also each have our own active lives that keep us busy outside the house. We care about social & economic justice, art, gardening, food, Philadelphia histories and good haircuts. We share food and each cook dinner for the house one night a week. We're not big partiers, but we do like to have people over for cocktails - just as much as we like to hide behind a good book. We come with great references!
We are looking for someone who has experience with collective living, and would enjoy being part of a cooperative and easygoing house. Ideally, you are responsible, independent, collaborative and fun. Since our house is in an ongoing state of renovation, it’d be best if you are willing and/or able to help us with home repairs and renovations. Experience with coordinating contractors and acquiring estimates for house projects is a plus. We want you to be lefty, queer-friendly and awesome!
Basics about the house:
The Lap has been a collectively-owned house in West Philadelphia since 2001. We are in the process of transitioning into a new ownership model. We hope and expect that by sometime this fall our house will be owned by a local land trust, but would retain many of the characteristics and traditions we have developed over the years as a collective group house. As that transition is in process, we are looking to the future and hoping to have new housemates moving in around the same time. Obviously this will be a time of some change for the house, but we hope to remain a steady and stable home. We would be happy to talk about this transition in more detail with interested applicants.
We are close to Clark Park, closer to Cedar Park, near numerous other West Philly highlights and on the 34 trolley line. The house is a 3-story Victorian with 5 bedrooms and 2 baths that we've put a lot of work into over the years. Parts of it are brand new and beautiful, and others are charmingly in need of a little attention. We have a stunningly open and beautiful kitchen, complete with industrial 6-burner stove.
Rent is between $315-400/month, depending on the room, plus utilities.
We have two to three bedrooms available starting September 1. If you're the awesome housemate we're looking for, please email liveinthelap (at) gmail (dot) com and we can talk more soon! We’ll be interviewing from now throughout the month of August.