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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

Move to the Backwoods

For those who are looking for a more adventurous lifestyle, consider these outposts – and don’t get put off by the first guy who is spending millions, the rest are cheaper:

Three Pistol Creek cabins are for sale, from $295,000 to $470,000. Potential buyers might want to consult their physician. “We’re all first-aid-trained, but if you really have trouble, and the weather is bad, you’re going to die,” said ranch manager Dave Dewey.

On the bright side, Amazon delivers. Pistol Creek Ranch, which has satellite Internet, is a stop on one of the nation’s last aerial wilderness postal routes.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/buyers-build-upscale-homes-in-the-backwoods-1463062790

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 1 comment

Cargotecture

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Hat tip to Richard for sending in this article – I love these!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/shipping-containers-offer-welcome-homes-in-phoenix/ar-BBspl3L?ocid=se

PHOENIX — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.

The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home.

“It doesn’t even feel like a shipping container. It’s also insulated really well,” said Patrick Tupas, who is in the Air Force and along with his wife signed a one-year lease for $1,000 a month. “It just feels like a regular apartment.”

There was a downside, he said — passers-by asking questions and sometimes pressing to see inside their home.

Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las Vegas, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as developers and cities try to cater to millennials and baby boomers who want to live closer to the cultural offerings in urban hubs.

To meet those needs, “cargotecture” has become a quick way to fill urban housing gaps.

“They are faster, cheaper and now potentially have much more of an aesthetic range,” said Dana Cuff, director of cityLAB, a think tank at UCLA that looks at architecture and urban growth. Some mask their shipping origins, but the ones in Phoenix don’t, she said.

“They’re celebrating them,” Cuff said.

In the Containers on Grand project in Phoenix, the architecture firm, StarkJames, designed the apartments in a way that retained the corrugated metal exteriors. Each unit is made of two containers, but inside there are no signs of the cargo hauling days.

The walls are painted white. The original wood flooring is encased in epoxy. There is enough space for a bedroom and living area.

The two rooms are connected by two separate hallways. One hallway has the kitchen, oven and some counter space. The other one has closet space and a nook. There is also a washer and dryer unit. Monthly rent averages about $1,000.

All but two of the eight units are occupied. One is being marketed as a vacation rental.

In Washington’s Brookland neighborhood, university students and young professionals have been living in a four-story housing cluster since September 2014. In Las Vegas, containers make up the building blocks of a downtown retail complex.

In Detroit, Three Squared Construction is working on $14 million in new projects involving shipping containers because they save time. The company erected the city’s first residential shipping-container development in April 2015.

The three-story building is used as a showcase with the top floor periodically rented out. CEO Leslie Horn said there’s been a high demand among millennials and “empty-nesters.”

Read full story here:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/shipping-containers-offer-welcome-homes-in-phoenix/ar-BBspl3L?ocid=se

More here:

https://www.pinterest.com/audreyelle/cargotecture/

Interested in buying?  Check this out:

http://www.cargotecture.com/

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, The Future | 5 comments

Granny Pods

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Hat tip to daytrip for sending in this information on granny pods, which are fully-contained housing units you can put in your backyard:

http://www.lifedaily.com/with-a-granny-pod-grandma-can-live-in-your-backyard/

The company’s website has pods as low as $39,625:

http://www.medcottage.com/products.php

These could be a viable solution for those wanting to downsize, but having trouble finding the right home, at the right price.

You wanted grandma close by, right?

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Boomer Liquidations, Boomers, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 7 comments