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As Los Angeles—and, really, greater Southern California—moves toward density, developers have been challenged to find affordable ways to house the growing population. Co-living has quickly moved to the top of that list. The model can support more lifestyle needs and family structures than typical multifamily and at a lower cost. KTGY, which has recently expanded its co-living brand Co-Dwell, says that co-living could be an answer to affordable housing, and developers are showing increasing interest.

“The Co-Dwell concept was developed in response to many discussions we have had with several of our clients who see a need for additional attainable, high-density housing,” Aimee Ho, senior designer at KTGY Architecture + Planning, tells GlobeSt.com. “The need for more housing in urban areas is clear, but much of the focus of recent development has been on high-end residential or tax-credit affordable housing. The need for market-rate housing that addresses the challenges of affordability has been difficult to resolve. We felt it was important to design a high-quality solution that addresses both the individual experience and the community aspects of providing attainable housing.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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