Nearly 9,000 apply for SpareRoom CEO’s $1/month shares in his $8M loft – meet two top applicants

Posted On Thu, October 27, 2016 By

Posted On Thu, October 27, 2016 By In West Village 

When SpareRoom CEO and founder Rupert Hunt announced earlier this month that he was looking for two roommates to share his $8 million West Village apartment–both of whom would be paying just $1 a month–we knew the interest would be high. And after a “SpeedRoommating” session on the 19th, the room share service’s version of speed dating, we’ve learned that a whopping 8,795 people applied for a chance to live in the triplex loft. According to a press release, Hunt is narrowing it down to 10 lucky finalists, and he’ll be hosting them next week at house party, where he can learn more about them and see who gets along best.

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Why the $1 deal? As 6sqft previously explained:

After separating from his wife in 2013, Hunt started sharing his apartment. Not only did he love the experience, but it gave the idea for SpareRoom. He believes compatibility is less about shared interests and more about rapport, lifestyle, and habits. He also personally knows what it’s like to have financial hurdles stand in the way of pursuing your dreams in a new city, which is why he’s excited to give two lucky people this opportunity.

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If you can believe it, each of the available bedrooms has its own walk-in closet, private bathroom, and office area. And that’s not to mention access to the entire sprawling, 3,400-square-foot loft, which boasts a giant open-plan lounge/dining room/kitchen and a 1,500-square foot roof terrace with 360-degree views and a 17-seat barbecue area.

If you’re curious who made the cut, you can watch videos from two of the top applicants–“free serenades from a jazz pianist and songwriter” and “lavish roommate seeking room” below:

 

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