There is a large group of us living in the greater San Francisco area that have been so desperate at times to find a place to live that we’ve lowered our standards and — drumroll, please — scouted Craigslist for a prospective pad.
While some “Roommates Wanted” posts are your standard looking-for-a-conscious-individual-to-live-here, some are a little more specific.
In my own personal searches, I have found everything from”must like cats” to “must maintain a vegan lifestyle” to “background check required before move-in.”
But of all room-for-rent posts out there, Andrew Dalton from SFist.com found the one true gem.
The crown jewel. The holy grail of Craigslist’s “Rooms & Shares” section.
A post specifically for hoarders. Yes, like the people on the A&E show.
Now, as someone that doesn’t like the sight of two dirty dishes in my sink, I can’t watch said show without feeling squeamish. And I know how hard it is to find a roommate in this city.
But had I been looking for a place to live myself, I wouldn’t have even bothered clicking on the Treasure Island location’s Craigslist link. I would have dismissed it as a joke.
Besides, who in their right mind puts in a post:
“If you have been evicted we can be your new place.”
In fact, the 4-bedroom for rent ad posted at 2:25 a.m. Sunday is very real and viewable, boasting a home:
“… filled from floor to ceiling with our things.”
There’s “no access” to the backyard, laundry room or downstairs bathroom. Plus, no room in the refrigerator or cabinets, so:
“… if you like to cook, this won’t work.”
Okay okay, this may be five-star living by hoarder standards. By my standards, this post is terrifying.
This House of Hoarders is asking for $600 monthly rent. Dalton calls this price “practically a steal by current S.F. standards.” I call it the script for a horror movie.
And how the heck is there any room in this heap-filled domicile for anyone to get onto a computer and type up that Craigslist ad anyways?
Again, I know it’s a struggle-and-a-half to find good lodging in this town.
But if hoarder houses become the new crack dens, there needs to be a serious intervention. No TV camera crews needed.