The Lap is looking for a new housemate! Fun facts: The Lap used to be spelled The Lapp, and was short for the Lapp of Luxury since all our other houses were, well, far less luxurious. It still is one of the classier jawns around here. What's that you say, spellcheck? "Jawn" is not a word? Welcome to Philly.
Our lovely house, the Lap, is looking for a new housemate, May 1 or June 1 (flexible, but the sooner the better)! Please spread the word to awesome folks who might be interested...
We are an established collective house in West Philadelphia (called the Lap), and we're looking for a new housemate. The house is currently five folks, late 20s - early 30s, 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, food, Philadelphia histories, playing music 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. You are excited about doing the work and getting the benefits of living in a stable and very beautiful collective house. Since we co-own our house, it’s extra awesome 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!
About the house:
The Lap has been a collectively-owned house in West Philadelphia since 2001. Our house was recently bought by, and has now become a part of a local land trust, the Life Center Association. As an LCA house, we have some additional responsibilities and benefits, but our house has also retained many of the characteristics and traditions we have developed over the years as a collective group house. As a house member you would also be a member of the LCA, NASCO, and have a voice in decision-making for our house and the LCA as a whole.
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 very cozy living room, and a stunningly open and beautiful kitchen, complete with industrial 6-burner stove.
The room that is opening up is the middle 3rd floor room, and it'll be available May 1 or June 1 (flexible, but the sooner the better). Rent for that room is $295/month, plus $100/month for utilities, and $25/week for groceries.
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 throughout the month of March.