Ever since we first read about Bushwick's three-floor polyamorous house -- dubbed Hacienda Villa -- we were intrigued, to put it mildly. And for the first time ever, BRIC TV, Brooklyn's independent television, was invited in to film a two-part series on the place, letting viewers take a peek inside polyamorous living without committing to a lease.
The house is three-floors and features 15 bedrooms (!), and the founder is a real estate developer who wanted to create a safe house for the "non-monogamy/sex-positive" crowd. (See? There's always a real estate angle in NYC.)
Here's what we learned from going in inside the "Hacienda":
- No, there isn't an orgy every night. In fact, the group supposedly has a "no sleep where you eat" policy. And, the BRIC host says, they're "housemates, not playmates." (We find that slightly hard to believe, too.)
- There's a waitlist to get in (and apparently rents range from $750 to $1,500 a month).
- Housemates have to worry about boring things like garbage. One of the house's tenants explains (while on an extra-large mattress) that trash is collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- The whole place has a nightclub vibe. It's pretty dark, with bar/lounge lighting and at least one really big bed (we'd imagine there are more of those). There's also a hot tub, and plenty of room for massage tables.
- Most of these roommates actually seem to get along. "It was better than any roommate situation I've ever been with," says one housemate. "Everyone is really into communication."
Check out Part 1:
And Part 2: