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48′ Shipping Container Tiny House For Sale

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This is a 48′ shipping container tiny house.

It’s located in Phoenix, Arizona and is currently for sale for $25,000.

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48′ Shipping Container Tiny House For Sale

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I have an aluminum shipping container 1brm 1bth 48′ with 9′ high ceilings, I put $26,000 into it, trying to get $25,000.

Full kitchen, full bathroom, laundry, bedroom with closet and living room with a fireplace.

All copper electrical with retractable cord to plug in and propane gas connections, PEX plumbing, 20 gallon water heater, full size bathtub / shower, washer / dryer hookups,
dual pane windows, wood laminate flooring, AC unit, foam insulation and radiant barrier.

Completed in 2015. Very solid and secure, no windows on back side so you are able to back it into the side of a mountain or hill.

Very hard to find an aluminum shipping container.

Asking price is $25,000

The container is stored in Phoenix Arizona, I live in Sedona AZ.

Raffi Jalozian

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  • Melanie
    September 6, 2016, 4:59 pm

    I hope this doesn’t come across as rude but what the?? There is nothing appealing about this container. It’s like they didn’t even try and I feel like someone is just trying to make a quick buck. Not every small “dwelling ” is worthy of being posted on tinyhousetalk. IMO. I’d rather see less tiny houses than six or 7 that I can learn nothing from.

    • Eric
      September 6, 2016, 7:56 pm

      But Melanie… just because “you” learn nothing from it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. For me, I just learnt that you can buy aluminium containers. Didn’t know they existed. And let’s face it, basic infrastructure is there and someone gets to put “their” touches to it to make it theirs. Now, what’s not to like about that?

    • oxide
      September 7, 2016, 8:34 am

      I dunno, I think that this is an AMAZING house. Yes, the design is plain. However, unlike the luxury models which were recently posted, this tiny house actually does what a tiny house is supposed to do! It uses recycled materials, it’s small enough to be resource-friendly, it’s big enough to avoid health hazards like ladders, and it’s CHEAP. This alone makes it very worthy to be posted here. If anything, the luxury models are a bit suspect.

      I do see two issues. First, it’s a fire trap and maybe not even legal (?). There needs to be another door, or a larger window. Secondly, I don’t see where/how the utilities are set up for the sink, washer, and flush toilet.

    September 7, 2016, 1:23 am

    Shocking isn’t it…! But this is what a house is.. It’s four walls and a roof, and what you make of it… If you read my comments I never say home… That word is expressly used for a place or niche I create out of a house or dwelling in which I intend to occupy , and only that…! People these houses are all the same but for one or two little differences that separate them from another.. The decor is what trans forms these houses into what you covet.. Photography added to this equation, if you have a sharp photographer ties the bow for you and sells you the package…! Come on people you are the weavers of the fabric in which your dreams are made from, you need to fill that space or leave bare what ever is your fancy, and than you have a home…! Don’t be fooled by sharp sales tactics, and use you heads, and I promise you, you will crate your own movie picture in which you want to star in…!

    • daisy
      September 22, 2016, 11:12 pm


      couldn’t have said it better myself. HOME is what YOU make it!

  • Dela
    September 7, 2016, 4:00 am

    Raffi Jalozian, 1) can you please share with me rhe floor plan of this house. 2) Normal large containers are 40feet.why is this 48feet?

  • Melanie
    September 7, 2016, 9:06 am

    I see both of your points. I’m in the process of building a tiny house completely of grid with all recycled and refurbished material’s but it isn’t going to look like a depressing hotel room. I don’t see where it says they used recycled materials (except for the container itself). I also know that a home is what you make of it,I’m not fooled by decor. I just don’t see why more thought wasn’t put into it. I guess it just bums me out when I see these so called tiny dwellings tossed together when so many people make an effort to make them so special and more appealing to people who think more of everything is better. My favorite tiny homes are the diy homes not the extravagant luxury built by pro homes. So I don’t dislike unfinished or plain ones but I suppose I have the opinion that if you are going to build,live in,vacation in or sell tiny homes that they are such small spaces they should be cheerfully done. Which includes windows (for light) doors (more light) and some inclination that care and thought went into it. It could have been really great. I’ve seen some bare bones containers and they are beautiful. Just my opinion and no offense. 🙂

    • Shelby
      September 8, 2016, 12:30 am

      Melanie, you caught a lot of heat for your comment, but just because you aren’t a professional homebuilder doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to critique a space. I am right with you sister- I can’t for the life of me figure out why anyone would think an aluminum container is structurally sound enough to function as a residence, and how they would plan to make repairs when normal penetrations are required for plumbing and utilities.

      Moreover, it’s exceedingly unsightly and lacks adequate egress in case of fire.

      I agree that this probably isn’t the optional submission for this blog- they don’t cover every new single wide that rolls of the factory line from park model manufacturers, nor do they catalogue every new Fleetwood RV model, nor post pictures of every studio apartment listed for rent in NY OR SF, or dorm room new college students move into in September. Even though those could all be considered “tiny houses” none of them really fulfill the spirit of this new thing called the “tiny house movement.”

    • Jan Love
      September 9, 2016, 10:46 pm

      You are correct that this particular container has no appeal but many I’ve seen are great. You stated that you don’t see where they used recycled materials, recycling is fine, but it’s not a requirement to be in a tiny house. Not everyone thinks the world is falling apart because we don’t go green. Some yes, but we know that’s scientific crap or we’de be gone by now. I hope to have a tiny house in the future when it becomes easier to place them on property, I would’t reject good ideas for recycling but it’s certainly not my main goal.

  • Jenn
    September 7, 2016, 12:33 pm

    I like this container house. I think it’s neat because it has all the essentials, even a bedroom with closet. Then the person who purchases it can come in & decorate it the way that they want. Love it.

  • Cathy
    September 7, 2016, 4:24 pm

    Thanks ,
    For all the wonderful ideas .This is what I have been looking for a low cost home I might could do !!If I want more personality like the last continent that’s where home decor come in at ….Love it


  • Melanie
    September 7, 2016, 6:02 pm

    Dela, Unlike 20ft and 40ft shipping containers or storage containers, 48ft shipping containers, are not used for international shipping. They are used mostly for domestic over the road and rail service. You can buy them for as low as I’ve seen $500 but the most common prices I’ve seen are between 1,500 and 3,500. A deal!

  • Nancy
    September 7, 2016, 6:14 pm

    I like this lil “plain Jane” container home. It’s a blank canvas for the person with imagination!! Whether a container home, tiny home or a huge mansion ~~ everyone puts their personal stamp on it to make it uniquely their own!

  • Donna Rae
    September 8, 2016, 1:21 pm

    I don’t mind that it is a “blank canvas” with very little decor…that’s up to each of us and it has the potential to be very cute…but I do object to the lack of windows. Beyond that it is unsafe in case of an emergency like a fire or earthquake that can make your doors unopenable, you can’t see out and it makes the space seem claustrophobic. Bigger windows would solve at least those two problems. A better door and awning would also help but those are things easily changed, unlike the windows.

  • Donna Rae
    September 8, 2016, 1:29 pm

    I am happy to know that you can get a container that is 48′ long. That adds quite a lot of versatility. There are always tidbits of useful information even when you think changes are needed to the design. I think all of us would make at least a few changes to just about every tiny house we see posted here. They are meant to be inspirational more than anything and I appreciate the efforts that are made to show a wide variety of tiny homes…and I, for one, also enjoy the not-quite-tiny homes that are shown from time to time.

  • September 9, 2016, 10:54 am

    I noticed while reading all the comments you all have valid points that you made regarding this unique tiny home container. When I first looked at it I couldn’t believe how big it looked and that the fact it has a fully finished bathroom with modern features. I like the fact that it has a blank canvas sorta speak, where you can add your own style and touches to it. But as Donna Rae pointed out regarding if you have an emergency such as a fire or earthquake or even a tornado, your up the creek if you can’t open your doors and she has a great idea having either larger window or a few more Windows so you can see out. I do like your container house and your set up and I wish you the best of luck selling your place!! Carol???

  • Sue Roberson
    September 11, 2016, 1:16 pm

    All rooms start off as basic plain square boxes. You can jaz them up any way you want and spend any amount you want from wood floors to crown molding, etc. I thought this was interesting and what could improve the looks of it. Nice for $25000. All of the exit & other problems can be fixed. Plus, I’m a decorator & it’s my job to take spaces like these and make them desirable.

  • Melissa Hernandez
    September 6, 2020, 9:56 am

    Help I bought this home and need to fix up a few problems minor work on the roof maybe add another window a vent in the bathroom

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 7, 2020, 8:38 am

      Hi Melissa! Are you looking for a builder to help fix it?

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