The tech mogul rented a studio home that was installed near Space X's headquarters in Texas.
Can you imagine Elon Musk, a technology billionaire, who has become one of the richest and most powerful men on the planet, living in a tiny house of barely 50 thousand dollars ...
Well, this is the rumor that has taken great force on the internet about the founder of successful companies such as Tesla or Space X, which are revolutionizing the automobile and space travel industries, respectively.
This is stated by a Business Insider report, which reviews the small house that Musk rented near Space X's headquarters in Boca Chica (South Texas, United States).
According to this outlet, Musk owns only one house, his Bay Area event house, but recently rented a property in the name of Space X, which has a cost of just $ 50,000 and an area of ?? 114 square meters, where there is room for a kitchen, a room, a bathroom, an entertainment area (living room) and a reasonably strict distribution for items such as the refrigerator or a washing machine.
It is like a low-power studio apartment built in a box that, instead of using the classic "wood, hammer and nails" construction method, uses materials such as steel, concrete, foam insulation, and laminated panels.
The "little house" is called by the construction company called Boxabl, which specializes in prefabricated houses. Although it has been founded for a short time, it already has a waiting list that exceeds 47 thousand people and of which at least 2 thousand have already delivered the first deposit. According to their owners, there is interest in more than 100,000 units of manufactured homes.
Amid the housing shortage, what draws people to a "Casita" is the little time it takes to manufacture, the cost that is significantly less than any other house, and the efficient labor required to manufacture. .
Baxabl's concept introduces the logic of chain production to the real estate industry, delivering ready-to-use houses like any other "ready to go" product.
However, they are strong enough to withstand hurricane winds, resist mold, and tolerate flooding or snow. In addition, almost all of Casita's finishes, such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, are completed at the factory before it is shipped, so when it reaches its destination, the house only needs to be unfolded and attached to its foundation and utilities. Public.
In May 2020, Musk, famous for being a workaholic who often sleeps in Tesla offices, posted that he had sold almost all of his property and physical possessions on his Twitter account. "I will not be the owner of any house," he said.
Rumors of Musk living in one of these "Casitas" began in November of last year when Boxabl announced that he had installed one of his tiny homes in Boca Chica for a "top secret client." In June of this year, Musk commented that he was living in a small and modest house in Boca Chica for approximately $ 50,000, which seemed to confirm that he was the secret client.
Many fans of the tech mogul flocked to Boxabl, fattening his waiting list.
Galiano Tiramani, the founder of Boxabl, told Insider that Musk's association with the brand had increased the general audience's interest in housing. "The target audience found out about this beforehand, and then Musk's press brought the general interest of the audience, perhaps someone who didn't care about housing," he said.
Despite its popularity and a long waiting list, the company has built only three tiny houses so far. Although it hopes to increase its production in the short term because by 2022, they expect to be able to manufacture a "Casita" every 90 minutes (about 3,600 units per year ), the former is already committed to a $ 10 million contract with the government to develop military housing.