Silicon Valley isn’t the most affordable place if you’re looking for a small apartment. You might even laugh at how much some San Jose residents are willing to pay each month.
Or maybe you’ll purr.
A recent listing in the San Jose area rental database offers a lot of living space in 425 square feet. That is, assuming the renters are feline.
For $1,500 a month, this studio apartment is available to two cats. No humans allowed, please.
Currently, the unit is being let to Louise and Tina.
“They don’t drink,” David Callisch, their landlord told ABC 7. “They don’t smoke, they don’t play loud music.”
The apartment is actually going for a little less than the average rental in the same area. Callisch isn’t out to make a fortune, he just wants someone responsible in the space.
“This wasn’t my life long vision or dream to have cats as tenants,” Callisch said. “It just worked out that way.”
Housing comes at a premium in San Jose, and Callisch intended to rent the space out through Airbnb. When his friend and his daughter were moving away and needed somewhere their pets could live, however, the landlord’s plans were put on pause for paws.
“I don’t have the high standard of like, ‘Wow my cats need a whole house to themselves,’ but that’s just kind of how the cards worked out,” Victoria Amith, owner of the cats in question, told ABC 7.
Amith left San Jose to attend Azusa Pacific University. Her father, Callisch’s friend, covers the $1,500 monthly rent.
“I would much rather have people in here that could use the place, but there’s not much use for it other than staying one night or having cats,” Callisch said.
Amith admits she stays with the cats sometimes, and her father does, too. The cats only request they keep the place clean.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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