Shipping Container Apartments Coming To Nashville

Dated: 11/18/2014

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by TJ Anderson

Word got around town this week that Nashville will soon be getting its “first shipping container-focused apartment development” in The Nations/Historic West Town. More specifically, MiKeN Development has a minimum-10-apartment plan in the works that’ll result in 320-square-foot spaces renting at around $700 a month in the well-on-the-rise Nashville neighborhood. Plans are to have the spaces up and renting in the next year.

Not super familiar with the shipping container home concept? It’s been a growing trend, particularly popular with renters/homeowners who are really drawn to modern design, and the basic gist is: Recycled freight containers are reimagined into everything from living quarters to vacation cabins to cafes and shops. The blocky building blocks make for a particular look that many love, many not-so-love, major benefits being a faster building time-frame and lower building costs.

While we of course don’t have a look at the new Nations apartments yet, here are a few existing container homes/businesses that’ll give you a sense of whether you fall on the “love” or “not-so-love” side:

The Jones-Glotfelty Shipping Container House in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Container City II in London, England

Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas 

Container City in Cholula, Puebla México

What do you think - yay or nay?

Since we can’t show you any of those Nations Nashville shipping-container-living options just yet, if you’re looking for some other unique urban living options, here are a few homes on the market now:

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1350 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Apt. 401


The Werthan Lofts in Germantown offer really cool, unique design touches, and this unit is no exception — the second bedroom has an old elevator shaft wheel, and the den features a garage door that reveals beautiful views.

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600 12th Ave. S., Apt. 1615


In this unit at Icon In The Gulch, concrete ceilings bring the industrial cool, a modern fireplace brings cozy warmth and walls of windows deal up spectacular views of the city. 

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408 Van Buren St.


The cool modern look of the Germantown exterior carries through to the interior, with sleek kitchen finishes and metal stair railings.

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2905 Parthenon Ave., Apt. 304


Unique touches run throughout this townhouse, from the barrel ceilings to tiled staircase, but bet you haven’t seen anything like the eye-grabbing porthole windows in many other units you’ve looked at…

Love to hear your thoughts on shipping container homes or any of the other kinds of unique modern homes we see in Nashville these days. 

And whether you’re hunting for a modern condo or a historic family home, I’d love to help you — just drop me a line.
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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