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Unique Crane Tiny House with Amazing View!

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This is an abandoned crane that was converted into a tiny house with (of course) an incredible view. Best of all, you can book a stay in it if you want to.

Enjoy the ultimate view over the IJ river from the comfort of the most beautiful bed in Amsterdam! 1

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Old Crane Turned Into Luxury Tiny Home with Amazing 360 Degree Views!

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This three-storey luxury apartment housed in a historic crane boasts one bedroom, a modern bathroom with large bathtub and separate shower, living area and fully equipped kitchen with dining area. The apartment is suitable for maximum two adults. Interior by renowned designer Edward van Vliet, with special attention to the authentic details of the industrial past of this iconic structure.

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Book Your Stay | The Yays Crane Apartment | Honey Homes Article


  1. https://www.yays.com/en/location/the-yays-crane-apartment.html
  2. https://homes.nine.com.au/2018/10/15/14/36/abandoned-harbour-crane-converted-tiny-home-amsterdam

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  • Alex
    October 20, 2018, 6:58 pm

    How do you calculate property taxes & zoning on something like this?
    How about utilities?

    • James D.
      October 24, 2018, 4:37 am

      It can require more work to estimate the value of the property with nothing similar to compare to but the land, development, and costs of the structure are known values they can use to determine a market value for the property and from that they have all they need to apply property taxes to it… Assuming there isn’t an exemption like it being declared a historic site or public property that isn’t privately owned but only being leased, or it’s a structure that isn’t on land or otherwise non-permanent, etc.

      While utilities are handled the same regardless…

      So it’s mainly just the zoning that’s tricky but unless there’s a specific ban on the type of structure or issue with violation of the building codes then it’s usually just a matter of convincing the local authorities to permit it or provide an exception to allow it…

      Mind, this crane has historic significance to the area and the locals wanted it to be somehow preserved as a kind of monument to that history… So the local authorities were very open to making this work…

  • Diane Gray
    October 22, 2018, 12:29 am

    Who would have ever thunk of a 3-story tiny house on a crane? What scenery! What a view! You could make a bunch of these at a loading/offloading site where there are multiple cranes and sell time-shares on weekends! Wow! I am impressed.

  • Pamela Maes
    October 24, 2018, 5:55 pm

    WOW! Just WOW!

  • merryl
    January 28, 2019, 11:56 am

    wow.this is the most creative tiny house I have ever seen.awesome.

  • Phill
    September 11, 2019, 10:06 am

    I thought the point of tiny homes was downsizing your life to avoid debt, free yourself from the burden of maintenance, and reject excessive consumption which is killing our planet. This perverse monster murders the concept of living tiny: Someday, you too may buy your own crane, gaze down upon the nobodies and feel superior. Does it still work? The billionaire inside could attach his wrecking ball to smash trespassers and tourists.

  • Nicole
    October 22, 2019, 1:51 pm

    How creative! Just shows how tiny/small houses can push the boundaries of traditional housing, from earth ships, schoolies, yurts, floating barges, shipping containers, and tree houses. Tiny/small houses give individuals the opportunity to get involved in the hands on part of the building process, the ability to use less of the earths resources, and a conscious effort to recycle materials like this project. Well done and thanks for sharing!

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