To enable people to live with more creativity, connection, and purpose
our common future
When you look at the history of civilization, you could say it’s ultimately a story of people struggling to live together on a shared home called planet Earth. Through the years we’ve gotten better at it, with incredible gains in civil rights, democracy, and raising the standard of living for billions. Yet when we look into the future, our greatest challenges may still lie ahead of us as we swell in population, consumption, and economic inequality.
Yet, never before have we had better tools and the collective will to come together as a species. The emergence of the internet, sustainable technologies, and a global networked economy are indicative of a new, common future possible for humanity. One in which we share resources and lower our impact, while still maintaining a high quality of life. OpenDoor exists is an invitation to live better together as a human family – to reimagine our cities, buildings, and homes as places that take better care of both people and planet.
If ten people can learn to live well together, perhaps ten billion can learn to share our common home called Earth.
The traditional real estate industry is out of touch with deeper needs, values and aspirations of modern urban dwellers. We are reimagining home for the collaborative age. We’re building a national network of coliving spaces for living with connection, creativity and purpose.
Collaborative Real Estate
Mainstream housing products are based on antiquated notions of hyper-individuality, consumerism and the suburban American dream. We envision housing that honors the needs of individuals, while also optimizing for our fundamental need for community and social interaction. Housing that’s designed to bring people together to share space, resources, ideas and more. In a world where our lives are increasingly dominated by digital devices and online social networking, never before has there been a greater need for authentic human connection. We do not think of ourselves as a real estate company, rather we are in the business of human experience – curating communities and spaces that enable a lifestyle rich with purpose and connection.
The future of humanity is urban. Living in dense, uber-sustainable cities is the only way to manage our societal footprint, while also meeting the needs of a growing 7+ billion people. We see a future where buildings produce their own energy from clean sources, where water is treated as precious, and where urban planning is based around a walkable lifestyle rather than cars. Beyond ecological factors, we must learn to make our cities feel more like home. We imagine buildings that facilitate social interaction, efficient resource sharing, and ultimately curate a real sense of community. As a company innovating new models for real estate, we intend to catalyze the transition to a sustainable and connected built environment, one that will sustain life for generations to come.
Property and Community Management
We manage coliving homes and apartments. Residents rent private rooms while coming together to share common spaces, meals, host events, socialize, and more. With skyrocketing urban housing costs and a generational shift towards sharing, our coliving offering provides an incredible experience at a reasonable cost of living. We maintain a rabid focus on delivering a high-quality resident experience, going far beyond standard property management. We offer our residents a suite of services and amenities to to make the shared living both easier and better – from beautifully furnished common areas, regular cleanings, and business-class wifi; to engaging community programming, events and smart use of technology.
Real Estate Partnerships and Development
We work with real estate owners, developers, and investors to deliver high-performing coliving properties. We bring valuable expertise to our partners, pulling from years of experience designing, developing and managing coliving properties. We provide a turnkey management solution, using our road-tested coliving program and resident waitlist to provide stable cash flows. We also develop our own projects, assembling real estate deals that are both profitable and impactful. Our coliving model enables higher density buildings with strong unit economics that outperform traditional apartments, while simultaneously offering residents incredible value at reasonable rents. A win-win.
Ben believes in the power of business to scale positive solutions that benefit both people and planet. He co-founded OpenDoor with the vision to bring modern, community living to the mainstream. His passion lies in building the social and business systems that make coliving both highly desirable and scalable. With a Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Pinchot University, Ben brings his skills in business, design, and people to the OpenDoor team. Ben’s diverse career includes high-tech product design at Bose, business development for a biofuels startup, and program design & delivery for the YMCA.
Jay’s first taste of community was on long wilderness canoe trips through northern Canada. During college, Jay started a student-run organic cafe with a group of classmates. This entrepreneurial foray showed him the power of business as a vehicle for positive action. He then went on to co-found Impact Hub Seattle and studied systems thinking at the Pinchot MBA program. Jay is fascinated by the power of healthy groups and teams. A designer and people person by nature, Jay brings clear communication to the business development, marketing and community building efforts at OpenDoor.
Maddie is passionate about people! Her professional background includes customer support, sales, and product management. Through the various roles, the common thread in all of them has been the joy of working with people – whether collaborating with teammates on a project or customers to solve problems. At OpenDoor, Maddie is the main point of contact for residents, while also running a tight ship on the backend operations of the business. With a degree in Environmental Geology from University of Texas in Austin, she is perfectly suited to make a tectonic difference for OpenDoor residents.