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Shipping Container Guest House

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2011 Sunset Magazine Idea House in friendly Wallingford.

Our upcycled, eco-friendly container house is quite a conversation piece around the neighborhood (we had a pretty good turnout when the crane showed up). Before our container began its new life as a guest house in our yard, it trucked pineapples around Hawai'i. Everyone who sees it thinks that it's pretty amazing.

It has a queen bed (+pull-down twin bed), kitchen, full bathroom, TV, plenty of storage, feels roomy inside, and has dedicated outdoor space to eat, drink, and visit. Enjoy plums, pears, grapes, and raspberries right off the trees/vines/bushes in the summer.

The Big Yellow container is comfortably nestled in our fenced backyard and is conveniently located between the Wallingford and Fremont neighborhoods in Seattle. We're equidistant from Green Lake and Lake Union, where you can kayak, paddleboat, paddleboard, and enjoy many of the city's top-rated restaurants and cafes. Nearby: UW, Burke-Gilman trail, the Woodland Park Zoo, Gas Works Park, and Ballard. Public transportation is located one block away, providing quick access to downtown Seattle.

The container is professionally cleaned between guests and there is a well equipped kitchen for cooking or take out. Coffee provided (it is Seattle, after all).

More Details

jay patrikios
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About jay patrikios

Cassie is from Seattle, Jay is from New York (his parents stay in the container when they're in town), Bess the dog was rescued in Mt Vernon. We enjoy cooking, restaurants, working in the yard, and the great outdoors (hiking, running, camping, travel). Cassie is in education, Jay works at Amazon, Bess is into the ball.

jay patrikios purchased this studio in 2011

Why jay patrikios chose Wallingford

After finishing our yard right before we got married in 2011, we saw the container house in Sunset magazine, thought it was one of the cooler things we'd ever seen, and decided to get it craned on in. And then we redid the yard again.

What makes this studio unique

Staying in eco-friendly lodging, house was featured in Sunset magazine (we love Sunset magazine), really nice block and neighbors.


Wallingford Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen size, Murphy Beds (1) twin size
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • sailing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Shipping Container Guest House
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing little home!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Exactly what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

The shipping container was the perfect fit for our needs in Seattle. It was just the right size for me and boyfriend who is definitely on the tall side. The owners were attentive to our needs but also gave us privacy and provided a relaxing atmosphere. We were able to walk to downtown Fremont in 10-15 mins where there was plenty to do. Transportation to downtown was inexpensive and easy. I will definitely stay here again when we visit Seattle in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Very clever, an excellent location, and a wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying in the container guest house, and I appreciated it even more this time. It's a modern habitation located in a very peaceful garden setting - the best of both worlds. And, the hosts were a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Small and Unique

  • 5 of 5

I had a great time staying here. It was small... which is all it needed to be... but had everything you needed. The bathroom area is really neat with the sink, toiliet and shower all together. I was able to relax and watch tv at night or sit down and eat dinner. It is an extremely short walk to a 7-Eleven, pizza by the slice place, and bus stop, among other things. The only negative I would say is it only has on street parking. If you don't mind a small place, then this is for you... I loved it. The owner responded to all my questions via text within a few minutes during my stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Perfect for One Person

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal place to stay as a single traveler but it might be a little tight for two. Great location in a quiet neighborhood, close to anything you might need.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Confining and not well stocked

  • 3 of 5

I found staying in the shipping container very confining and not terribly convenient. I was disappointed in the lack of a few amenities. The only mirrors in the unit are in the bathroom and after a shower, everything in the bathroom is wet, so it would be really helpful to have a mirror in the main room. There is no roof over the entrance to the unit and as it is frequently raining in Seattle, this can be uncomfortable while unlocking the door to enter. In addition there is no porch light so one is frequently trying to unlock the door in the dark as well as in the rain. The deck surrounding the unit is quite slippery when wet. Although there is a kitchen, there are no paper towels, no dish drying or hand towels, no ice tray for the freezer, and the white round lights about the sink on either side of the stove top do not appear to work. It would be helpful to have a bath mat when stepping out of the shower or to put in front of the sink after showering. Tissues would be a nice amenity as well. When I turned down the bed the first night, the sheets and pillow cases were quite rumpled and a little stained. They were not sheets that I would have put on a guest bed.

I did appreciate the body wash, and the owners did supply me with a hair dryer on request.

Others might find these accommodations perfectly suitable but they were not for me.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Walk Score is 89/100. We're incredibly close to both the center of Wallingford and the center of Fremont (Center of The Universe). On your way to Fremont, make sure you say hi to the troll. Ask anyone, they know where he is.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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