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A 25-year-old man in San Francisco is paying $400/month to live in a wooden box inside his friend's living room. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, so long as you can make it in a box that's 8 feet long and 4.5 feet tall. Speaking of making lemonade from lemons, the inhabitant, Peter Berkowitz, prefers to give his wooden box a more cosmopolitan designation. He calls it a "pod."

Berkowitz told The Washington Post that the idea came to him after he had trouble finding an affordable room for rent in San Francisco. He insists that it was not necessarily a last resort, but rather a compromise in a real estate market that offers few options:

Sources: The Washington Post