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Shipping Container Airbnb

JANUARY 29, 2021 BY RYAN STOLTZ

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Shipping Container Airbnb

Are you looking for a fun way to relax and unwind? A Shipping Container Airbnb can provide a new and cost-effective way to escape. Thanks to their versatile, modular architecture, they’re also easy to modify based on different needs and personal tastes.

According to new data collected by the company:

  • 96 percent of travelers said they wanted a more local, authentic experience.
  • 92 percent trusted the Airbnb brand to have better quality experiences - "From walking with wolves in Los Angeles to listening to live jazz in a repurposed London shipping container."

 

In this article, we'll bring you some of the most impressive container homes to rent out today:

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7 Shipping Container Homes You Can Book on Airbnb

 

Whether you’re looking for a quick escape or a comfortable place to vacation, these Airbnb options are well worth your consideration.

The Conchs (Modern Beach Container Home), North Carolina

If you're looking to book a stay in an exciting surf spot, the Modern Beach house is a great option. The owners converted two large 40-foot container cabins into a beautiful home with spacious bathrooms, paperstone countertops, and mahogany hardwood flooring.

The property contains a cozy outdoor space and is just a short walk from Wilmington Beach. It also features two adjacent homes. You can rent a single container cabin for just you and your family or book two cabins on adjoining lots for a group getaway.

Features and Pricing:

  • Price: $110/night
  • Number of shipping containers used: 2
  • Number of bedrooms: 1
  • Number of bathrooms: 1 + 1 outdoor shower
  • Total square foot of each home: 320 sq. ft.
  • Location: Wilmington Beach, North Carolina

 

The Conchs (Modern Beach Container Home), North Carolina
Source: Airbnb

Shipping Container Home with Pool, Joshua Tree

This tiny house on the Castle House Estate provides a luxurious space to camp. Spread over 12-acres, the compound features gorgeous landscaping, an outdoor fire pit, and a swimming pool. There’s even a dance club and a roller rink located on the estate that you can rent out.

 

The custom-made shipping container house includes an organic sofa bed, organic linens, and decor sourced from local artisans. Guests can also relax on the furnished  rooftop deck. With over 500 native and local trees in the vicinity, you’ll be able to experience eco-conscious living at its finest.

 

Shipping Container Home with Pool, Joshua Tree
Source: Airbnb

Prices and Features:

  • Price: $304+/night
  • Number of shipping containers used: 1
  • Number of bedrooms: 1
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Location: Joshua Tree, California
Joshua Tree, California
Source: Airbnb

 

The Helm, Texas

Nestled in rural Waco, The Helm is a cozy two-story apartment that can accommodate up to 6 guests. The design features a 20-foot shipping container stacked on top of a structure twice that size. Visitors will also appreciate its pine shiplap panels and vintage barn wood trim.

Guests will have access to the common space, dining area, the outdoor seating area, air-conditioned bedrooms, and the fully-equipped kitchen. Be sure to save some time for an afternoon cocktail up on the roof deck.

Rates and Features:

  • Price: $168+/night
  • Number of shipping containers used: 2
  • Number of bedrooms: 2
  • Number of bathrooms: 2
  • Location: Waco, Texas
The Helm, Texas
Source: Airbnb

NYC Container Home, New York

This one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment  offers a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting New York City.  The space also comes with a front yard and a next-door community garden to relax in.

Built entirely from a recycled 40-foot shipping container, the space includes a full-size bed, a sofa bed, a cot, and an extensive collection of books you can read during your stay.  It’s a perfect size for a family or small group of friends. You can even take your pets along!

Overview:

  • Price: $220+/night
  • Number of shipping containers used: 1
  • Number of bedrooms: 1 bedroom with two beds
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Location: Williamsburg, NY
NYC Container Home, New York
Source: Airbnb

Luna, Virginia

Luna is a modern, cozy home made out of a 40-foot shipping container. The property is located on a family farm with cows, chickens, and five dogs. This tiny house comes with a patio, a fire pit, and a deck with great views of the property. If you love stargazing, you'll have a great time in this tiny home.

Luna, Virginia
Source: Airbnb

There's a fully furnished kitchen with a sink, fridge, and stove/oven where guests can cook.  The bedroom has a queen bed as well as a daybed that can convert into a king, offering enough space for up to 4 guests. The bathroom features a compost toilet, shower, and frosted glass doors.

Charges and Features:

  • Price: $195+/night
  • Number of shipping containers used: 1
  • Number of bedrooms: 1 bedroom with two beds
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Location: Singers Glen, Virginia
Luna, Virginia-2
Source: Airbnb

Storage Container Home, Oregon

This beautiful storage container house overlooking the Columbia Gorge offers a totally unique experience for visiting guests. Hike through the nearby Pacific Crest Trail or take a long drive through the gorge before returning to your cute and cozy space.

Storage Container Home, Oregon
Source: Airbnb

 

This container Airbnb boasts a contemporary design with sleek cabinets, kitchen, dining table, and living area with a sofa and a smart TV. The use of wood and natural light creates a striking yet laid back aesthetic for guests to enjoy.

Overview:

  • Price: $165+/night
  • Number of shipping containers used: 2
  • Number of bedrooms: 2
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Location: Cascade Locks, Oregon
Cascade Locks, Oregon
Source: Airbnb

Shipping Container on Wheels, Pennsylvania

This container house on wheels allows the owner to move to any location for a different experience. With a light gray matt exterior, glass entrance door, and a big window to brighten the living space, this container Airbnb delivers a minimal, yet modern look.

Container Home on Wheels
Source: living in a container

The living room features a wall-mounted flat-screen LED  TV and a couch that the guests can convert to a bed for more sleeping space. The master bedroom, on the other hand, is impressively minimal and efficiently built, with a king bed facing sliding glass doors that connect to a small deck on the front end of the shipping container. The kitchen is also equipped with appliances and essentials for the guests to cook.

With a small patio area, wooden stair box, light, and bright interiors, and an incredible surrounding view, this container Airbnb remains an absolute gem. 

Interiors of Container on Wheels
Source: living in a container

Pricing and Features:

  • Price: N/A
  • Number of shipping containers used: 1
  • Number of bedrooms: 1
  • Number of bathrooms: 1
  • Location: Elizabethtown, PA

 

What is Sleeping in a Container Home Really Like?

Although shipping container homes are becoming increasingly popular, some people still doubt their ability to provide a comfortable night’s sleep. Below, we’ll clear up a few common misconceptions concerning container homes.

To begin, you can rest assured that you will not be cramped for space. Most container homes and Airbnbs use a 40-foot shipping container. These units are typically sized at 40' x 8', offering about 320 square foot space. A queen bed is about 5' x 6.7', which means you'll have enough room to move around.

Another thing to keep in mind is that not all container homes are created equal. There's a lot of flexibility with what you can do with the space. You can place them horizontally, for instance, weld two containers sidewise, or even stack multiple containers to create a spacious home.

It’s also important to remember that your container home will not restrict the use of any amenities. You can add bathrooms, TV, fridge, oven, stovetop, or even massage chairs! Containers are pretty design-friendly, giving you the scope to add as many accessories as you want. It’s that same flexibility that’s allowed people to build a shipping container cafes and restaurants without any major hassles.

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Advantages of Using Shipping Containers for Commercial Buildings Like Hotels and Cabins

Shipping container Airbnbs offer excellent business opportunities. If you're looking to get into hospitality, read on below. We’ve highlighted a few reasons why shipping containers are so advantageous.

  • Customers love a new experience, and a shipping container home will provide just that.
  • There has been a growing interest in eco-friendly tourism in the past few years. Since shipping containers are recycled, they help reduce waste. Construction on these buildings also requires less cement and concrete, further reducing the strain on resources.
  • Building a container home requires less time and capital costs. You can buy a used shipping container for about $3,000-$6,000 and get it delivered in a matter of days. Conversely, brick-and-mortar structures are time-consuming and also involve substantial labor costs.
  • Shipping containers have a high-strength Corten steel body that provides excellent weather resistance, safety, and security.
  • Modifying shipping containers is pretty simple. You can cut, weld, stack them, or even replace the walls with glass.
  • You can buy or rent a pre-built container unit and receive the ready-to-use building within no time. This allows you to can kickstart your shipping container hotel business immediately without losing any time in construction.

 A 20-foot shipping container home

Conclusion

Shipping container Airbnbs provide unforgettable alternatives to more traditional getaways. These unique vacation rentals are both comfortable and cost-effective, providing you with everything you need for a successful stay. If you want to get in on the action, you can even look into buying a shipping container to rent out yourself!

Mobile Modular Portable Storage is the leading provider of shipping containers for commercial and industrial applications. Call us at 800-846-5180 or contact us to learn more about industry-specific container solutions.

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FAQs

How Much Does It Cost to Convert a Shipping Container Into a Home?

You can buy a used shipping container for around $3,000-$6,000, though you’ll need to factor in delivery charges, modification charges, and accessories. Depending on the amount of modification, accessories, and the number of shipping containers, the cost can vary significantly. The total cost of converting a basic 40-foot container home typically falls around $20,000-$25,000.

Are Shipping Container Homes Spacious?

20-foot shipping containers provide about 160 square-foot space, while 40-foot units offer a 320-square-foot area.  A 40-foot container home can provide you with adequate space to fit a queen bed, a kitchen table, dining, and a living area.

Do Shipping Container Homes Have Bathrooms?

Shipping container homes have all the amenities and utilities you would expect to find in a conventional brick-and-mortar home. You can add a bathroom or a shower easily to your container home. However, these bathrooms differ from traditional plumbing systems. They usually have compost toilets, septic tanks, or separate plumbing lines.

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