Living in a shipping container may conjure up images of budget living in an old metal shell. However, in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, we found a shipping container that’s chic, though not necessarily cheap.
The shipping-container house is the first of its kind in the Mile High city and stands out for its looks and price. Constructed from nine 40-foot-long shipping containers, this two-story house is priced at $ 949,000.
Home prices in nearby blocks have a wide variance: Low-end homes are priced below $ 250,000, and high-end homes top $ 800,000. Homes in LoHi include Victorians, brownstones, and modern gems, according to Dwell Denver Real Estate.
Listing agent Sunny Leu-Pierre said the home is the most expensive listing in its immediate area, and the selection of its location was a strategic choice.
Leu-Pierre said Proform Inc., the home’s developer, put some thought into the plot it bought. “They thought about where they’d get good feedback,” she said. The company had the recycled containers prefabricated off-site before they were shipped to Denver. Once there, the basic construction—that is, stacking and securing the containers—took only one day, as seen in this video:
Leu-Pierre said this parcel was selected for its view potential. The neighborhood was chosen, because it’s a “hot, up-and-coming,” and “trendy” part of town, with “lots of remodels” happening in the area. In 2012, Forbes ranked LoHi No. 17 among America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods.
According to Leu-Pierre, Denver’s first shipping-container house has received mostly positive feedback. However, some folks in the neighborhood “are hesitant in the sense of ‘This is something new’ and ‘How far can it go?’”
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home measures 2,192 square feet. The home’s flat roof has been fashioned into a deck, allowing for views of downtown Denver, the Rocky Mountains, and the Front Range. A spiral staircase leads to another deck, below.
Inside, the kitchen boasts Italian cabinets and quartz countertops, and wood floors run throughout the home. Metal stairs to the second level also come out through a hole cut in a top container.
The positive feedback and warm reception are also to be expected thanks to Denver’s embrace of green living. By their nature, the recycled containers are eco-friendly. The home has also been outfitted with upscale energy-efficient systems, and the walls are spray-insulated to keep in heat. Energy Star–rated Electrolux appliances, a hybrid water heater, radiant panel heating, and eco-friendly cooling units help to reduce the home’s carbon footprint.
Leu-Pierre said they haven’t received any offers yet, so the sellers are considering a price drop—which might be all it takes for someone to snap up this precious cargo.