Dorm-living for adults

It’s a struggle to keep up with LA’s high rents. So how about moving into a “community home” to save money? That’s a building offering private rooms -- but shared kitchens, bathrooms, and living space. There are several of these under development in L.A. right now. But are they a great way to live affordably in the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods, or are they just glorified dormitories?