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Shipping Container Apartments Unveiled in Vancouver

Living in an old shipping container is something no one wants to try, but you might reconsider after checking out the new housing complex in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside.

Atira’s Women’s Resource Society has unveiled a dozen old shipping containers transformed into apartments on Alexander Street near Jackson Avenue. The containers, which are 320-square-feet and offer 290 square feet of living space cost $82,500 per unit to build. Each unit is equipped a bathroom, kitchen and in-suite laundry. The apartments also feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and each floor is linked by an external staircase.

Some of the homes will be rented out by women over the age of 55, whom will be paying a monthly rent of $375. The other units are made for younger women who are expected to pay 30% of the market rent in the area.

The shipping containers were once used to carry goods from Asia and have been modified for living at a shipyard in Richmond.

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Photo Credit: Ward Perrin

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