This Guy Lives In An 8-Foot Box Inside Of An Apartment To Save On Rent

“It is crazy, but only crazy to the extent that the housing market is crazy.”

That’s Peter Berkowitz on the very right of this photo with some friends. He’s a 25-year-old freelance illustrator and a new resident of San Francisco’s Sunset District.

That's Peter Berkowitz on the very right of this photo with some friends. He's a 25-year-old freelance illustrator and a new resident of San Francisco's Sunset District.

Peter Berkowitz

Berkowitz was a cook in New York City's Flatiron District before he moved to Oakland, California, in 2015 to pursue a career in illustration.

He set out on an apartment hunt with a friend and was immediately struck by the all-too-common San Francisco real estate dilemma where a place might have a huge living room, but not enough bedrooms. So he decided to build a bedroom, or pod, of his own.

He set out on an apartment hunt with a friend and was immediately struck by the all-too-common San Francisco real estate dilemma where a place might have a huge living room, but not enough bedrooms. So he decided to build a bedroom, or pod, of his own.

Peter Berkowitz

« It seemed to be something where I could do it cheaply enough and actually make a space that I enjoy living out of, save money, and I wouldn't have a subsequent drop in quality of life, » Berkowitz said. « I think that's how it turned out. »


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