‘Space shuttle pods’ available to rent in the heart of Melbourne

Renters searching for affordable accommodation in the heart of Melbourne can sleep inside new ‘space shuttle pods’.

The house, which is located at 15 Charles Abbotsford, offers single capsule bedrooms for $ 250 per week (or $ 900 per month).

It also offers traditional bedrooms for $ 400 per week (or $ 1500 per month).

Landlord Frank Chan told the Daily Mail Australia, ‘people stay here because they want the flexibility to check out anytime they wish, no minimum stay commitment, no bond and bills.’

‘It could be a solution to the tight rental market in Australia, at least for the short term, while waiting for the construction and home building industry to catch up,’ he said.

The house, which is located at 15 Charles Abbotsford (pictured), offers single capsule bedrooms for $ 250 per week (or $ 900 per month)

The house, which is located at 15 Charles Abbotsford (pictured), offers single capsule bedrooms for $ 250 per week (or $ 900 per month)

Landlord Frank Chan said: 'It's very suitable for tenants who just like somewhere affordable to crash for the night in the inner city area' (pictured, the six pods)

Landlord Frank Chan said: ‘It’s very suitable for tenants who just like somewhere affordable to crash for the night in the inner city area’ (pictured, the six pods)

‘It’s very suitable for tenants who just like somewhere affordable to crash for the night in the inner city area,’ Mr Chan added.

The short term accommodation industry was one of the most affected during covid and many had to shut permanently.

‘Now with borders opening again, there are shortages so there’s upward pressure on price.’

He hopes that local councils can encourage and approve landlords to install more of these pods.

Mr Chan hopes that local councils can encourage and approve landlords to install more of these pods (pictured)

Mr Chan hopes that local councils can encourage and approve landlords to install more of these pods (pictured)

In the listing, it stated the property is situated next to Woolworths, ALDI, Chemist Warehouse and North Richmond train station.

There are many restaurants, cafes and parks in close proximity, while the Abbotsford convent and MCG are within walking distance.

The boarding house and the capsules are fully licensed and can host a maximum of 12 occupants.

They work with building surveyors, property lawyers, council, health department, consumer affairs and BBOA to ensure the house is fully complaining with Australia building code and fire safety regulation.

The boarding house and the capsules are fully licensed and can host a maximum of 12 occupants (pictured, the kitchen, which is a shared facility)

The boarding house and the capsules are fully licensed and can host a maximum of 12 occupants (pictured, the kitchen, which is a shared facility)

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, a TV lounge area with Netflix (pictured), a courtyard, backyard garden, a guest coin laundry and dryer

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, a TV lounge area with Netflix (pictured), a courtyard, backyard garden, a guest coin laundry and dryer

The capsule pods fit a single bed (can sleep one person only), equipped with own mirror, ventilating fan, USB ports, digital control panels, adjustable color reading lights, safe locker, clothes hanger & curtain door for privacy.

Each private room is about 10sqm in size and has a queen size bed, desk and fan.

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, a TV lounge area with Netflix, a courtyard, backyard garden, a guest coin laundry and dryer.

Mr Chan said that the pods are very popular in Asia and have been around for more than 50 years in Japan, as it is the only affordable accommodation there.

‘In Australia, we have hundreds of pods already in Sydney, Brisbane, and Tasmania and potentially Perth.

Mr Chan said that the pods are very popular in Asia and have been around for more than 50 years in Japan, as it is the only affordable accommodation there (pictured, the 'space shuttle pod').

Mr Chan said that the pods are very popular in Asia and have been around for more than 50 years in Japan, as it is the only affordable accommodation there (pictured, the ‘space shuttle pod’).

Mr Chan stated: 'In Melbourne, somehow I am the only one with these pods (pictured) and I only have six'

Mr Chan stated: ‘In Melbourne, somehow I am the only one with these pods (pictured) and I only have six’

‘But in Melbourne, somehow I am the only one with these pods and I only have six,’ Mr Chan added.

He stated that in the short term market, there used to be just two general options: private room (hotel charges $ 100 per night on average) and a bunk bed in a hostel for about $ 30 per night.

‘We are like a hybrid, target the market in between the two.’

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