Melbourne Rental: Futuristic Space Shuttle With Single Beds For Rent For $250 A Week
Desperate renters happy to skimp on space could rent a single-bed, space shuttle-style capsule for a mere $900 a month. See how much (or little) you get for your money.
Desperate Melbourne tenants happy to skimp on space could rent a single-bed space shuttle-style capsule, for a mere $900 a month.
A private rental listing for an Abbotsford home offers single capsule rooms for $250 per week (or $900 per month) and traditional rooms for $400 per week (or $1,500 per month).
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Pictures in the listing show six pod-style beds stacked on top of each other in one of the bedrooms, while the remaining three bedrooms upstairs contain space for full-sized beds.
Property records show the home contains five bedrooms, four bathrooms and parking, and was last sold in 2012.
“Board and capsules are fully licensed. We are working with surveyors, property solicitors, the council, the health department, consumer affairs and BBOA to ensure the home is fully compliant with Australian building code and fire safety regulations,” says the list.
“The eight-bed, four-bath house can only accommodate a maximum of 12 occupants, no overcrowding allowed.”
Features for those who choose to rent a capsule for $250 per week include a “single bed equipped with its own mirror, fan, USB ports, digital control panels, adjustable color reading lights, a secure locker, a hanger and a curtain door for more privacy.
“They look like space shuttles.”
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Owner Frank Chan highlights aspects that may be appealing to budding renters, namely that there are “no bills to pay, no security deposit and no minimum stay” and that it’s ” cheaper the longer you stay”. There’s also daily housekeeping and “24/7 staff.”
Communal facilities include a modern kitchen, TV lounge area, courtyard, rear garden, coin-operated laundry and dryer.
Mr Chan said rising inflation and fewer short-term travelers had contributed to higher costs.
“I charge no deposit, no electricity costs, I provide full furniture, a full time housekeeper, tenants have complete flexibility when they want to leave and my price is cheaper than 95% of the comparable listings on booking.com, hotels.com and similar Airbnb,” he told the Guardian.
Mr Chan also pointed out that more homes fitted with space shuttle capsules could be a “solution” to Melbourne’s rental market problems.
“I hope local councils can help landlords settle in,” he said.
“At the moment it’s quite difficult to get there, I’m the only pod supplier in Melbourne.”
The announcement comes after much uproar this week over an apartment advert in Adelaide, which had a ‘glass bathroom box’ in the middle of the kitchen – asking for $400 a week from rent.
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Originally published as Melbourne Rental: Futuristic space shuttle with single beds to rent for $250 a week