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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:
August 1, 2017

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 Seattle

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 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

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: Jun 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
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Columbia, Missouri

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: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shipping Container Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Jay and his wife were very nice and helpful. We were within a very short walking distance to the bus stop. All metro drivers were very helpful in getting us to where we wanted to go. After a long day of sightseeing it was nice to come back to our clean and comfortable accommodation. We would very much recommend this to anyone.

We would not recommend visiting the Blue Star for breakfast. After an hour and a half of waiting to place our order, and my husband having to get his own coffee refills, the food was not good. The price was rediculous for the awful service and the inedible food. When my husband mentioned the terrible service they really were not concerned. That tells me that they don't care about their customers.

We visited all of the local attractions and we are very happy with our six night stay in Seattle at Jay's shipping container.

Judy and Fred Thompson

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Alexander, AR

You Can't Pass This Place Up!

  • 5 of 5

This compact, quaint, and cozy space was super clean and loaded with everything you'd need for your stay. My husband and I stayed in the container for one week, and we had plenty of space to store everything. The location of the property is awesome with so much to do within walking distance and less than 5 miles from Downtown Seattle landmarks like Pike Place Market and CenturyLink and Safeco fields (home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, respectively). We purchased seafood at the market and had all the supplies to whip up a great dinner in the container's kitchen. The queen-size bed was very comfortable, and we often opened the patio doors to allow the fresh air inside. Although it may sound silly, taking a shower in the "bath"room is a must! Jay and Cassie are wonderful - they even offered to get us a 6-pack of beer from a local craft brewery when our flight got delayed! You can't miss this place if you want a quirky, modern space in the most awesome location in Seattle. We would definitely stay in the container again!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: 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.


Rates & Availability

Wallingford Studio Rental Rates

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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