Nestled among the mansions of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul McCartney is a brand-new “beach box” home made out of used storage containers.
A developer said he will sell the home for what he calls an “affordable” price of under $1.5 million. That’s in an area where about 32 homes about the same size have gone this year for an average of $4.8 million.
But its new neighbors are not expected to have any NIMBY problems. In fact, they’ll hardly believe the building’s humble past. It’s all steel and glass with only one nod to its previous life — one wall and one ceiling made of exposed steel.
Besides the relatively modest price, the home’s major selling point is its eco-friendliness. Everything used in its construction, not just the storage containers, has been recycled. And the large glass panes will make it easier to heat on cool, sunny days.“Our goal is to be eco-friendly and to maintain a small carbon footprint.”
The developer said the land cost $300,000 and, unlike Rome, the house was built in just about a day.
On a Sunday a few weeks ago, six 18-wheeler trucks drove up carrying six used shipping containers. The next day, the house went up — complete with windows and electricity.
The two-story, modern-style home is about 2,000 square feet and sits on .17 acres — and can accommodate a small swimming pool or large lap pool.
It’s the first beach house built from used storage containers, and one of the first in the northeast. He plans to build six similar houses, and more if all goes well.
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