South Africans can’t contain their excitement for container homes

The recent development of Drive Lines in Johannesburg has cemented container homes in the South African property landscape and has been gaining momentum ever since then. 

Drive Lines, Johannesburg

Starting from as little as R100 000 container homes are a much more affordable housing option for the many South Africans that are priced out of owning a traditional home and with the latest tech these homes are fully customisable and transportable.

Drivel Lines, which is fully constructed out of shipping containers and situated in the bustling Johannesburg, is a prime example of how these structures can offer affordable rental properties with costs as low as R4 000 per month.

1 Bedroom Container House for sale in West Beach, Blaauwberg

Considering that while the average house price is R1-million and the average first-time bond applicant is only granted around R800 000, first-time house buyers could save a ton of money by investing in a container home.

Container Structures, an online container shipping purchasing service, offers a bachelor pad, made from a single 12m long container, for as little as R100 000. The price moves up as more features are added.

A two-bedroom unit will cost between R160 000 and R220 000, depending on the features and finishes added.

A bachelor pad container costs a fraction of a similarly-sized unit, which could set a buyer back by about R1.26-million in Cape Town. Two container units may even be fitted together or stacked, making it large enough for an entire family.

The added benefit of living in a shipping container home is that this is a recyclable item. By making use of discarded materials, a container home lowers the overall strain on resources. Homeowners can also boost eco-friendliness by installing solar panels, as well as insulation.

Sprout Coffee - Container Structures (via Container Structures )
Container units are also fully transportable, meaning you can choose whichever location you would like to settle.

Although South Africans have shown an interest in container homes in South Africa, challenges remain with municipal regulations, as officials may not be familiar with alternative building methods.

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