Our mission is to make cities more accessible to
We accomplish this by creating comfortable, community homes that inspire people to live a more intentional life.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Research indicates that the odds of rising to another income level are notably higher in great cities. Simply put, the best cities foster the highest probability of economic success.
Suburban sprawl is not good for the environment. City dwellers consume 30% less gasoline. Urban dwellers require fewer resources in sum than their suburban counterparts. We enable more people to live sustainably in urban environments.
Food, music, the arts, innovation, and philanthropy are at the heart of our cities. Mixing diverse groups of humans creates eclectic culture and movements. Society looks to cities for the direction human thought is headed. We embrace city culture and support its growth.
Making cities accessible to everyone
Building homes for everyone is really, really difficult; it involves navigating physical, capital, political and emotional pressures that are usually in conflict. As a result, not many people are working on this problem.
We welcome this challenge because we don't want to lose the amazing character of the cities we love.
The forgotten middle
New supply of low income housing is made possible through government subsidies and public vouchers, and we all know that there's no shortage of luxury high-rises going up — but what about everyone in between?
Our mission is to house the backbone of every city: the teachers, police officers, firefighters, hospitality workers, students and entrepreneurs, which in turn makes cities accessible to everyone.
Building a sustainable future
Sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Starcity’s value engineering takes into consideration both the initial and life-cycle costs of a building. Our approach deals with all the surrounding resources such as water, energy, and materials from their beginning as raw materials till their salvage cycle.
Increasing livable space and reducing waste
The lack of capital for middle-income developments also means that we, as a society, lack the ability to challenge assumptions about what the middle-income urban dweller needs and desires. How much private space do we need? What do we expect for community and neighborhood interaction? What tradeoffs are we willing to make to have a fulfilling urban experience? To answer these questions, Starcity is reimagining the physical spaces in which we live, with direct input from our members.
Revitalizing and honoring the character of neighborhoods
Starcity is committed to preserving the well-being and character of our neighborhoods. We never stick a glass box in a neighborhood filled with Victorian-era cottages. Starcity weaves into the fabric of the neighborhood and puts energetic and thoughtful members in the community that want to become part of the local culture.
We're a world-class team that's changing how cities are lived in. We've worked at Cushman & Wakefield, The SF Vault, UC Davis, Hack Reactor and Unitus Impact.
Here's more about the founders of Starcity.
CEO & Co-founder
Jon has lived in San Francisco since rent for an apartment was ~$1,000 (a long time ago). He grew up in Palo Alto, where his family fostered a communal lifestyle with people from around the world. They shacked up in the family’s cottage and developed a deep sense of (hippie) community spirit. At Starcity, Jon shapes company culture, finds and closes deals to grow Starcity's network of communal homes, identifies future growth opportunities and handles public relations.
CPO & Co-founder
Mo has lived in shared, communal housing his entire life, from growing up in a tiny apartment with a family of six in NYC to his current San Francisco apartment that he shares with a group of four. At Starcity, Mo shapes the design aesthetic, manages software and physical product development and works closely with our communities to address their needs.
COO & Co-founder
Jesse lived in a communal house during his undergraduate days at UC Berkeley. There he learned the power of sharing resources and community interaction. Jesse was living in San Francisco until rent increases caused him to move east to Oakland. At Starcity, Jesse structures relationships with our many partners, handles financial operations and spearheads recruitment.
CTO & Co-founder
Josh recently lived on a tiny sailboat for several weeks during a race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. He now lives in Oakland, though he's often found with his camera in Golden Gate Park, taking photos of everyday San Franciscans. At Starcity, Josh builds all of our software and handles smart-home tech integrations for our communal homes.
VP of Community
Meg has lived in communal homes since she flew the family nest, and currently lives with three people in San Francisco. She discovered her penchant for nurturing community in college while working on a community arts magazine, and later learned how to design the built environment for it at a residential interior design firm. Meg honed the art of customer service as a general manager in the hospitality industry, and recently refined her community management skills by developing a coworking space in San Francisco. At Starcity, Meg facilitates the growth of the communities, leads the efforts to deliver exceptional member experiences and contributes to brand and marketing efforts.
Ela was born and raised in the beautiful islands of the Philippines where weekly slumber parties with your cousins were the norm. She moved to the East Coast in her teens and finished her undergrad in New York.
Living in Brooklyn sparked her love for intentional living and grew a desire to connect with individuals, that led to certifications in both yoga and massage therapy. Ela is now happy to call San Francisco home and spends her time working as the Community Manager at Starcity's second community and is a massage therapist at Studiomix.
Derryl has recently returned from a year-long world tour, in which he learned a lot about community-building and group health. While traveling, he stayed in many communal living situations – in Bolivia, London, Vietnam, and elsewhere.
At Starcity, Derryl helps build the software to connect our communities and create a seamless experience for our members. When not working, you can find him on the basketball court or drawing in his sketchbook.
Esteve had his first contact with communal housing at the age of 16 when he packed his bags from his native Barcelona and spent a year in a boarding school in Pennsylvania. From there, he's always lived in shared or communal housing, from sharing a NYC apartment during his college days to his current residence at Starcity's Mission location. At Starcity, Esteve supports both the acquisitions and the operations team.
Noz Nozawa Interior designer, Starcity West SoMa
Jacqueline Palmer Interior designer, Starcity Mission
Rex McLean Architect, Starcity West SoMa
Victor Soto & Misael Gonzalez
Carpenters for the first Starcity and ongoing communities
General Contractor for ongoing Starcity communities
Huntsman Architectural Group (Keith Turner, Adam Murphy, Gregory Dumont, Sascha Wagner) Architects for ongoing Starcity communities
We favor working with partners and vendors that live, work, and contribute to the neighborhoods that Starcity is looking to open in. If you have a small business that you think can provide a service or product to Starcity, please reach out!Collaborate