If you believe shipping container homes are a bleak industrial living solution, it’s time to take another look.
Shipping containers do make cheap and durable spaces, but function isn’t their only appeal. Because they’re modular, weatherproof, and easily modified, they can be outfitted for modern luxury living. Form and function merge to create living spaces made for maximum fun.
We found seven intriguing shipping container homes on the market right now, all ready for a buyer to sail on in.
There’s a country house in New York with its own pond that’s been featured in the New York Times, a Colorado home as luxurious as any modern farmhouse in the city, and the party-ready “Villa de Shipping Containers”—a three-unit compound in Texas with its own pool that looks like the backdrop for a spring break bash.
These seven shipping container homes aren’t just eco-friendly, they’re also a go-to housing solution for folks looking to break away from the old and try something new. Trust us, you’ll never see those corrugated steel boxes in quite the same way again.
Price: $1,650,000 Modular masterpiece: This two-bedroom, 1,350-square-foot shipping container home is brand new and sits on a third of an acre of irrigated pasture with views of Mount Sopris and Roaring Fork Valley. Huge windows bring the spectacular views inside, while wood floors and white steel walls and other modern industrial details offer plenty of luxury, even out on the range.
Price: $399,000 Country chic: This country retreat built from shipping containers was featured in the New York Times. According to the listing, it’s also been a successful vacation rental for years. Built in 2011, the two-bedroom, 1,150-square-foot home has a large deck for soaking in the mountain views. The 6-acre property also includes a pond for swimming in the summer and skating in the winter.
Price: $675,000 Triple treat: Dubbed the “Villa de Shipping Containers,” this three-unit building is proof containers can look cool. There are three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and more than 2,200 square feet of living space. Located just 45 minutes outside of Austin, the containers could be divided into rental units or used as a family compound.
Price: $189,900 Heat haven: When desert temperatures start soaring, Arizonans retreat to the high country. This 720-square-foot house in the northern part of the state is a cool-weather getaway with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Clean lines, large windows, and warm wood floors frame the space. A back deck running the full length of the home is an ideal spot for communing with nature—and those refreshing breezes.
Price: $350,000 Asheville artistry: This is the first shipping container home built in Asheville. The three-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot home features passive solar energy and was constructed in 2014 with reclaimed materials. The purchase includes permits, plans, and plumbing for a second unit, with its own driveway, to be built behind the home, for an income-generating opportunity.
Price: $89,000 Off-road opportunity: This one-bedroom, one-bathroom shipping container home was built in 2008 as a small residence for a couple to live in while their dream retirement home was built on this 5-acre property in California’s high desert. The home never materialized, so the container is being sold as is along with property upgrades like electricity, a 400-foot well and water tank, trenched power, and plumbing for a future build.
Price: $79,900 Bunker base: Perhaps ideal for preppers, this is a spartan affair. This one-bedroom shipping container would be an ideal hunting cabin, according to the listing, which adds that the residence was built like a bunker to withstand natural disasters. Sitting on more than 11 acres, the shipping container unit is fully insulated, has plumbing and electricity, and is located near all-terrain vehicle trails and lakes.
Becky Bracken covers celebrity and other notable real estate for Realtor.com.