Melbourne Rentals: Futuristic Space Shuttle Single Pods to Rent for $250 a Week

Desperate renters eager to skimp on space can rent a space shuttle-style capsule with a single bed for a staggering $900 a month. See how much (or little) you get for your money.

Desperate Melbourne renters eager to skimp on space can rent a space shuttle-style single capsule for a staggering $900 a month.

A private rental ad for a home in Abbotsford offers single capsule bedrooms for $250 a week (or $900 a month), and traditional bedrooms for $400 a week (or $1500 a month).

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Listing images show that six pod-style beds are stacked on top of each other in one of the bedrooms, while the three remaining bedrooms upstairs have room for full-sized beds.

Property records show the house contains five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and one parking space, and was last reported to have been sold in 2012.

“The guest house and capsules are fully licensed. We are working with construction experts, property attorneys, the council, the health department, consumer affairs and BBOA to ensure the home is fully compliant with Australian building codes and fire safety regulations,” the list reads.

“The eight-bedroom, four-bathroom house can accommodate up to 12 residents, overcrowding is not allowed.”

Features for those who choose to rent a capsule for $250 a week include a “single bed equipped with its own mirror, fan, USB ports, digital control panels, adjustable color reading lights, safe, coat hanger and curtain door for privacy.

“They look like space shuttles.”

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Landlord Frank Chan points out aspects that may be attractive to first-time renters: there are ‘no bills to pay, no deposit and no minimum stay’ and that it is ‘cheaper the longer you stay’. There is also daily cleaning and ’24/7 staff’.

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, TV lounge, courtyard, backyard, coin launderette and tumble dryer.

Mr Chan said rising inflation and a reduction in the number of short-term travelers have contributed to rising costs.

“I charge no security deposit, no electricity costs, provide full furniture, full-time housekeeper, tenants have complete flexibility when they want to leave, and my price is cheaper than 95 percent of comparable listings on, and Airbnb,” said him against The Guardian.

Mr Chan also stressed that more homes equipped with space shuttle capsules could be a “solution” to the problems in the Melbourne rental market.

“I hope municipalities can make it easier for landlords to install them,” he said.

“Right now it’s pretty hard to get it done, I’m the only pod provider in Melbourne.”

The offer comes after there was a lot of buzz this week about an Adelaide apartment ad that featured a ‘glass bathroom box’ in the center of the kitchen – asking $400 a week in rent.

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