When we first heard about this, we kinda flipped our ship.

Something so unusual doesn’t come around the oft-conservative North Texas region but every once in a blue moon, so we were thrilled to learn about the highly-innovative and equally unusual idea behind the new luxury apartment complex in Fort Worth called CoHo, made entirely out of repurposed shipping containers.

Yes, you read that right. Now let’s talk about it.

Source: Steel City Management LLC

CoHo, which cleverly stands for “Container Homes,” was initially funded by Steel City Management LLC back in summer 2018 and is currently in pre-construction led by Keywinn Development. It will consist of 34 units constructed out of 76 steel shipping containers. They will offer studio, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and will make up a total of seven 3-story buildings.

CoHo will be located near the hipster enclave Magnolia Avenue, which is a very vibrant and young area in Fort Worth that attracts the creative millennial crowd (think South Congress or Deep Ellum).

What are the prices of a shipping container home, you might wonder?

The goal of CoHo is to be both eco-friendly and affordable. Studios start at right under $1000/mo, and although there has been no official word on what a 2 and 3 bedroom might cost, we estimate they might land somewhere in the $1200-1500s.

A major question we all have its...what do these look like on the inside? Will they keep that raw, industrial “shipping container” look? (yes, ‘shipping container’ look just became a thing). As of now, there have been no interior renderings of the property aside from what is on the Steel City Management website. 

Source: Fort Worth Forum

Steve Keys of Keywinn Development commented on the property and its function in its design and for the community:

"Fort Worth needs to meet its growing demand for affordable multi-family housing. So this presents an opportunity to create a very unique and novel multi-family residential property, really using shipping containers in a way where we try to maintain the look and feel both on the outside and the inside of the container."

What are your thoughts on this shipping-container community? Do you think it’s well-suited for its young, millennial-driven crowd?