Chatting with Brian & Jason at Klinge Flats

Klinge Flats is our first official Kunsthous building. An experiment in co-living, it opened in Walnut Hills this past summer. Built in 1910 in the heart of historic Walnut Hills, Klinge Flats is full of charm and ample amounts of shared space. While other cities, such as San Francisco, Chicago, and New York have seen a rise in co-living spaces, Cincinnati has been slow to follow, until now. We’re creating co-living spaces that bring a sense of community, a love of historic preservation, and affordable housing to our members. We checked in with two members living in Klinge Flats to get a feel for how things are going so far.

Brian

 

Brian is a salesman and a musician hailing from the west side of Cincinnati.

 

What attracted you to Kunsthous?

I like creating relationships. I saw this via Craigslist, and everything lined up. Everything checked off. Meeting new people, being right across from the Greenwich and Brew House – which are some of my favorite places to go – and John [founder of Kunsthous] was great. He just sold it to me immediately.

What has your experience been so far with Walnut Hills?

I’ve played a couple of shows at the Brew House. I’ve been to Growler House a lot. My buddy Blake works at the coffee shop down the street. I actually grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, so I didn’t even know Walnut Hills existed up until about two years ago. I started going to the Greenwich a lot because I’m a jazz fan, and my favorite jazz club had previously closed down. So I just really got to know the neighborhood through that and Walnut Hills is really the place that I hang out at now, besides the downtown area and Northside. It’s just such a friendly neighborhood, and I like how diverse it is. Growing up where I grew up, it felt segregated. Being here, I can be myself more and just enjoy the people around me. I can just be around so many different types of people.

Have you had any challenges so far with coliving?

It’s been challenging to come in and just open up 100% to everyone. And finding the time to spend time with my housemates. Today was a cool surprise. I walked into the shared space and there was just a party roaring. We had a DJ laying down some quality funk, some soul – it was a good time.

What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in coliving?

Just go for it. It’s cheaper than private apartments. It’s a lot like apartment living; it’s not really any different except that you have these people who you get to hang out with. The concept of it is pretty progressive. I think if you’re open to just meeting new people, then it’s the go-to. Especially Klinge Flats, it’s in just such a cool neighborhood. There’s a lot of things to do. I just don’t see a point in not doing it, really.

 

Jason

 

Jason is a Cincinnati transplant from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s an avid traveler and a computer programer.

 

What do you find most attractive about the whole aspect of coliving?

You can meet other people. You can build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and that’s very important to me. I’ve traveled a lot, and I just enjoy having that community. I think going forward, Cincinnati will definitely embrace co-living and hopefully Kunsthous continues to open up more buildings, so more people can experience co-living.

What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in coliving?

I would tell people to first research what co-living spaces are out there. If they find something that’s attractive to them, then just go for it. If you overthink it, you won’t do it. If you enjoy having a sense of community, then definitely pursue coliving.

 

 

By | 2017-11-24T18:10:38+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Klinge Flats, Members|