Rumor has it that Elon Musk lives in a small prefabricated house
A new affordable housing solution is taking the world (and the internet) by storm. So much so that a collapsible and stackable housing company has a waiting list of almost 50,000 and reportedly caught the attention of a certain high-profile space mogul.
Boxabl, based in Las Vegas, is the company behind a manufactured home business that designs and ships tiny foldable homes that cost around $ 50,000 all over the world.
While tiny homes – and even 3D printable homes, for that matter – are no strangers to the housing scene and serve as popular (and affordable) alternatives to classic family properties, Boxabl sets itself apart from its competitors by being able to mass-produce its houses. in a factory before shipping them as easily as possible thanks to their unique collapsible design.
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Small foldable houses have become so popular that it is widely assumed that Tesla founder Elon Musk lives in one of Boxabl’s houses in Boca Chica, Texas, the small Gulf Coast town that is home to the company. Musk’s SpaceX.
Instant house 🦄😍 pic.twitter.com/KgLVqv1nIu
– Boxabl (@_BOXABL) 20 october 2020
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Located at the southern tip of Texas, Boca chica is an unincorporated community of a few dozen homes, including one believed to be owned by Musk.
In June, Musk revealed online that his primary residence was a small $ 50,000 unit at Boca Chica / Starbase that he leases from SpaceX.
Musk’s announcement followed Boxabl revealing he had installed one of his Casita designs in Boca Chica for a “top secret client” last fall.
“Pretty exciting to have these guys as an initial customer,” Boxabl founder Galiano Tiramani said in a YouTube video. “I think this indicates that people agree that we are on to something big here.”
And while Boxabl has not confirmed that Musk is in fact residing in one of his prefabricated Casita, the company has not been shy about hinting at the supply of the tech mogul’s cottage.
– Boxabl (@_BOXABL) June 9, 2021
– Boxabl (@_BOXABL) July 9, 2021
However, in addition to Musk, the company said the federal government has also purchased ten million stackable homes.
La Casita measures 19.5 x 19.5 and is Boxabl’s smallest room module and is configured as a studio with one bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen and costs around $ 49,500 after rebate.
The units are made from steel, concrete and EPS foam – building materials that will not degrade and last a lifetime – while the walls, floor and roof are structurally laminated panels which the company, are much stronger than the average building.
Unlike other manufactured homes, Casitas can be folded from 19.5 feet to approximately 8.5 feet while being transported on a truck or towed by a van anywhere in the world. However, shipping can cost anywhere from $ 2 to $ 10 per mile from the company’s Las Vegas headquarters.
But if the customer is willing to pay more for shipping, the company says their turnkey homes can be shipped anywhere in the world.
The actual setup of the unit itself is very quick and can be unfolded into 375 square feet of living space in about an hour. When unfolded, you end up with a kitchen with a fridge, double sink, oven and dishwasher and a bathroom with a shower and tub, sink, countertop, mirror and sliding door in glass.
However, Boxabl says he’s looking to deploy larger room modules with different interior configurations that all stack and connect – we imagine, like LEGO – to create “any building you could imagine.”
Boxabl’s housing solution comes as affordability and availability continue to be an issue in the global housing market.
Although, given their ease and attractive prices, Boxabl’s units could be an effective solution to the growing global problem of housing affordability – especially in dense urban cities that not only lack space to build, but also the supply of affordable housing, like Toronto – dramatically lowering housing costs and increasing the supply of housing faster and at a lower price.
When Ainsley isn’t writing about real estate, local developments, and beautiful homes she would have liked to live in, you can usually find her exploring Toronto, cooking, exercising at home, or hanging out with her cat, Jerry Seinfeld.
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