2022 Boise Idaho Real Estate Blog

Japanese Capsule Hotel-Style Communities Coming to Boise Main Treasure Valley Life

Everybody knows that Boise is one of the most popular places in America to move to, and even more people are moving here thanks to COVID-19. Because of the low housing supply, prices have gone up and affordably-priced homes are lacking. Build Idaho has gotten the inside scoop on how the Treasure Valley is going to tackle that problem.

Developer's rendering concept

The Japanese have garnered a reputation for incredible ways to live comfortably in a small space. In crowded city centers like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Yokohama, square footage is the ultimate premium. This has given rise to capsule hotels, where, for short-term stays, visitors can stay in an encapsulated bed with A/C, TV, outlets, mattress, pillow, and blankets. In the fancier capsule hotels, communal spaces include kitchens, bathrooms, and entertainment rooms can be found.

Build Idaho has gotten the inside scoop that a developer is building a first-of-its-kind capsule hotel-style subdivision to combat both the housing shortage and affordable housing in the area. These homes, like their Japanese inspiration, will be cozy, but not cramped. Each single bedroom capsule will measure 3.5 feet wide, 6.5 feet long, and 3.5 feet high, which is plenty of room for a long twin mattress and the ability to sit up comfortably for reading, studying, or watching TV on the 11.3-inch screen, and will include all of the same amenities as the capsule hotels listed above. Master bedroom capsules will measure 5 feet wide, 6.5 feet long, and 3.5 feet high, and have a queen mattress. All told, a 4-capsule house will be 652 square feet. 352.6 square feet will be the capsule bedrooms with the previously stated dimensions. Have no fear, these won't be the modular shipping container homes you see on the Internet. They will be fully insulated, have solar panels on the roof, and will come fully furnished. Amenities for each home will include heated bamboo wood floors, granite-walled single showers, and a kitchen with a two-burner stove and single oven.

Each home will sit on 0.01 acres, and the developer is planning to develop on 30 acres. This entire subdivision will contain 2,200 homes, a park, pool, clubhouse with weight room and rec room, and communal laundry facilities.

Build Idaho asked the developer if there will be any opportunities for custom-built capsule hotel homes. The developer replied, “If the interest in this test neighborhood is anything to go by, then that may be in the future for the second phase of the subdivision.”

Lastly, our agents asked the developer about his inspiration for this undertaking.

He replied, “April Fools’ Day, of course!”

Posted by AndrewS at 4/1/2021 9:35:00 PM

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