Imagine having your own work-friendly country retreat, where you can renew and refresh, without the isolation and expense of buying your own property.
We are building modern 40ft shipping container houses and placing them on a shared property with facilities like coworking and activity spaces, communal kitchen, vegetable garden, swimming pool and lots of fire pits.
The community of members who own these containers will be conscious open-minded and tolerant. To join, people can either buy their own container or buy shares in a container.
Key audience: Ideally the community will be filled by people who can spend at least 2-3 months a year in the village; enough time to foster friendships and creative collaborations. There will be a mix of solopreneurs, remote workers and holiday makers. Some people will have a home in a city, while others will have packed up their belongings and become digital nomads.
Investment value: As a member you will benefit from renting your unit when you’re not there, as well as reducing vacation expenses by staying in your own guesthouse (rather than paying elsewhere).
Participatory rights: The community will meet monthly and members are invited to influence decisions on prioritizing major works and shaping the community code of living. This framework for relating will document the community standards and how we resolve issues when they arise. Read more about our ethos.
Financial transparency: We will provide an open view of the financial statements so you can feel secure about the viability and sustainability of the village.
Full members will have purchased a fully fitted out 40ft container along with a lease for a dedicated space in the village.
The shipping container house will be turn key, ready to walk inside to live. It will have a queen sized bed, full kitchen, shower, toilet, living room and outside deck with furniture and fittings (down to the last hand towel).
We have a standard base model with some customizable elements, as well as several upgrade options.
We can rent it out for you when you’re not there – taking care of the marketing, guest communications and maintenance.
We will then split the profit 50/50 (earning you an average of $100 per night). There will be dedicated storage lockers for you to put your special things while you’re away.
An ongoing facilities fee of approximately $300 per month will be charged to Full Members. The first 10 people to come onboard as founding members will have this fee waived for 5 years (saving $18,000).
Full Members have the freedom to move their container out of the village (or sell it to an approved buyer) should they wish to leave.
As a share member you are part-owner of the same shipping container detailed above.
Becoming a share member gives you 30 days of free access per year (10 peak nights and 20 off-peak nights). This equates to around $5,000 of value every year. So in two years you’ve already recouped your investment.
In addition, you can offer some (or all) of your allocated time for rentals, that will earn approximately $100 per night.
If you no longer want to be in the village, you can always sell your share for the same amount you bought it for.
The village will welcome short stay guests alongside longer term residents. This ensures the financial sustainability of the village and promotes a flow of energy and inspiration to avoid stagnation.
The village will accommodate from 100 to 120 people at any one time.
Nightly rental fees for visitors will be in the $300 range for a 40ft container that can sleep up 4 people. Weekly and monthly rates, and members packages, will help people save more money.
Here are some reasons people will stay in our village:
- Ability to have a #workation by staying in a work-friendly vacation center with high speed internet
- Visiting friends who are living in the village longer term
- Staying in awesome shipping container conversions
- Visiting nearby attractions
- Attending an event (such as a company off-site) being held at the village
Frequently Asked Questions
The first property will be within 5 hours drive of San Francisco.
There are some customization options to choose from and if you want to upgrade aspects, or do additional customization it can be done for an additional fee.
Share Members will be able to book their preferred off-peak times and peak time access will be rotated amongst the 10 shareholders.
Please consider the limited size of the containers, as that might influence your decision on whether it will meet the needs of a growing family.
The Village Code will outline how people need to manage fur babies to make sure no one is impacted negatively.