Here’s what we’ve heard over the years about why single expats find that sharing a house near the business district with other expats makes sense in a city like Jakarta.
“I like the fact they’ve got a micro-brewery on board. It’s social, but in a focused way. The Jakarta serviced apartment thing was convenient, but ultimately alienating and boring. There’s just not that much going on in Jakarta on the 26th floor.”
— Development consultant, Madrid
“The kost thing was fun for a while. Sure you meet a lot of people, including Indonesians. It’s almost like a family experience. But then if your boyfriend comes to Indonesia or something . . . or you want to throw a Halloween party, you may as well be in a hotel . ”
— Tech journalist, Palo Alto
“My company offered me a big kontrakan [rental house]. But there were a lot of questions about who was going to look after it. I’d just as soon not have a pool if I have to clean it.”
— Expatriate GM, Melbourne
“I’m having enough trouble with my driver so I wasn’t really keen on having more people [maid] to manage.”
— Hydro engineer, Montreal
“Once I got the gym membership and located a few good swimming pools, there was really no reason to stay in the apartment.”
— Intern, Helsinki
So bagus sekali (groovy), as we say in Indonesian. But until recently, there wasn’t really anything we could do about this fabulously rewarding domestic living arrangement we had allegedly pioneered because . . .when you think about it, houses just aren’t scalable.
But right now — by renting the house next door — we have a clear shot at lightening fast Internet, more gourmet dinners cooked by Sharehouse staff, and better parties. Plus, it would also help get the new recycling program spinning faster, create a couple new jobs in the neighborhood and even given sharehousers an opportunity to pool pro bono volunteer hours on weekends.
In short, if we had more people on board the sharehouse “share value” could see a substantial increase. But since this vessel is full, that’s why we’re looking at the place next door. If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to email. And don’t forget to ask about the home brew program and weekends in Bali.
(This blog was launched to promote Jakarta-relevant lifestyles — including the sharehouse concept. So please forgive me for an on-topic post or two ; )