SpareRoom’s founder is looking for two housemates to share his sprawling 3,400 sq ft Manhattan loft – and he’s charging just $1 a month in rent for the privilege.

The platform’s CEO Rupert Hunt bought the three-bedroom Bleecker Street apartment for $8m following his recent relocation to the Big Apple from London, (SpareRoom went US-wide in August).

‘Thanks to the success of SpareRoom I’m in the fortunate position of not needing to share for financial reasons,’ he says. ‘I share because I love it and I believe that living with the right people beats living on your own any day.’

Fortunately there’s plenty to go around: the three-floor apartment comes with an enormous 1,500 sq ft roof terrace with views of the Empire State and Freedom Tower.

It’s also loaded with industrial details including wood-beamed ceilings, exposed brickwork and steel framed windows. The living room and kitchen are open plan, and each bedroom has its own bathroom (it’s nice to have some things to yourself…)

This is the second time Hunt has turned to his own platform to find housemates. Last year, he invited three people to move into his creaky Spitalfields townhouse on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis.

Successful New York candidates – male or female and aged between 21-47 – must want more than just cheap rent though: ‘You’ll need to genuinely want to share with me… Even if this is the apartment of your dreams, I might be your roommate from hell…’

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