WTF "I live in a van, down by the river", now a cool thing

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  1. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    http://circa.com/whoa/the-bizarre/people-are-ditching-apartments-to-live-the-van-life

    The 'van life'

    Imagine paying $120 to live in a studio in Los Angeles, California, where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is about $2,300.

    Sounds nice, huh?

    Stephen Hutchins, 22, a freelance animation artist and rapper by the name of Lateral , does just that, except he doesn't live in an apartment -- or a studio, really. He lives in a van.

    A recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Stephen Hutchins is living in a van while he builds his portfolio as a freelance animator.
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    Stephen usually eats turkey burgers he cooks on the sidewalk on a portable stove.



    He's not alone. Last year, 4,600 cars and RVs were used as homes, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    L.A., like many cities, has a housing shortage. This, coupled with a 3.1 percent vacancy rate, makes affordable living in L.A. an oxymoron.

    "The main expenses are insurance for the van, which is like $60 a month," said Hutchins. "Then, I have a storage unit for like $60."

    That puts his monthly rent at $120. The van cost him just $125 at an auction.

    Hutchins works part-time at a Taco Bell to help pay the bills, and he says living in a van has slashed his cost of living by $800 a month.

    "Minimizing my bills can essentially allow me to work less hours."

    — Stephen Hutchins

    He showers at the gym, cooks on a portable stove on a sidewalk (he stores his butane at his friends' place nearby) and uses wifi at nearby coffeeshops.


    A few miles away in Santa Monica, Zander Kingsley, owner and founder of Kowasa Clothing Co., is living in a school bus that he's fixing up.
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    Kingsley's company on wheels

    Meanwhile, Kingsley is living and working inside a school bus.

    His clothing company is known for being on wheels. You can find it at music festivals, farmers markets and other outdoor events up and down the California coast.

    "My expenses are maybe campground here and there," said Kingsley. "Cost of fuel, which diesel is cheaper than gas right now. And insurance, which is really cheap too. I don't pay rent, so I can put more back into the business at the end of the day."


    $1,000 in parking tickets

    One thing he hasn't saved on is parking tickets.

    While sleeping in your car isn't against the law in L.A., parking where you're not supposed to is.

    Before he came to the west coast, Zander was traveling up and down the east coast of the United States.



    "I think I've gotten about $1,000 in parking tickets."

    The bigger picture

    The #vanlife, says Jon Christensen, who's with the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability, is about more than just necessity or saving for this generation.

    "Van life addresses that kind of philosophical or even spiritual dimension of dissatisfaction with the busy-ness and clutter of our modern life," said Christensen.

    And ditching brick and mortar structures for more mobile, smaller ones could be part of bigger trend, too.
     
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    Winning!
     
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    these tiny house people should just have their asses kicked.
     
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    @Daveindiego will be real happy when his dwelling becomes "a cool thing".

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    So he is unemployed ?
     
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    Imagine you pay 1.3 mil for a house and this asshole is cooking out in front of it.
     
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    There is the slight problem of police harassment 24/7.
     
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    Popcorn ceilings FTW
     
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    I can understand this - rents are just out of control. As opposed to the "small house movement" I wish someone would make new, small apartments in nice areas ... I'd love to live in one. Less to clean!
     
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    That is one punchable asshole right there.

    So is this guy, but he looks like he could kick my ass, so he gets a pass.
     
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    Graduates 4 years at USC and he's working at Taco Bell and living in his van :facepalm:
     
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    I guess now we're supposed to celebrate underachievers.
    How great for us
     
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    Typical homeless usc grad :lol:
     
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    I was reading an old article a few days back about how horrible tiny homes were to actually live in. (Duh!) The writer was making jokes that living in your car would be the next "big" thing...

    And here we are!
     
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    My brother and his friends ... all college grads and not a one of them has a real job or makes over $30 G

    One works at starbucks while he does nothing with a "film" degree.



    Although i will say the lazy faggots seem way more relaxed and happier then I am.
     
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    Depends on how cool your van is

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    Imagine what his student loan looks like :facepalm::facepalm:
     
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