Affordable Housing: Meet Amazon's $18,000 "Lillevilla" House with Free Shipping

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Amazon is out to make housing affordable. It will eventually succeed.

Looking for an affordable home? Meet the Under $20,000 Home on Amazon.

  • Inside Combined Floor Area: 292 Sqf + the sleeping Loft (not part of the 292 Sqf)
  • Wall thickness: 1-3/4" (44 mm) - dual T&G windblock pattern
  • Ridge Height: 12' 8" - Back wall height: 8" - Kit weight is 7300 lbs
  • Doors: Exterior (2): 62-1/8” x 76-1/8” - Interior (1): 32-1/2” x 76-1/8”
  • Windows | front: 36” x 36” | back: 54-1/8" x 36" | left: 27-5/8" x 46-7/8" | right: 21-3/4" x 68"

The Altwood Timberline 483 Square Foot Cabin is $39,900.

  • Inside Floor Area: 354 Sqf + Loft 129 Sqf
  • Wall thickness: 2-3/4" (70 mm) - dual T&G pattern
  • Ridge height: 14'9"
  • Floor, Roof/Ceiling boards thickness: 23/32"
  • Adding/deleting rooms, room size changes are available for this model

Want Still More room?

Try the Allwood Eagle Point | 1108 SQF Cabin Kit for $46,900.

  • Inside Floor Area: 1108 Sqf (712 Sqf downstairs + 396 Sqf upstairs)
  • Wall thickness: 2-3/4" (70 mm) - dual T&G pattern
  • Ridge height: 15'11" - high ceiling floor area 235 Sqf
  • Floor, Roof/Ceiling boards thickness: 23/32"

Prefab Boom

MarketWatch reports Amazon is selling entire houses for less than $20,000 — with free shipping.

Prefabricated and modular housing — with homes prebuilt in factories — is having another moment. From 2013 to 2018, industry revenue grew an annualized 8.6% to nearly $10.5 billion, including growth of 4.1% in 2018 alone, according to research firm IBISWorld.

Sears used to sell houses in its catalog. We have now come full circle.

Not Included

These prices do not include foundation, electric hookups, insulation, etc.

Many will not meet building codes, but that last one might straight up or with some modifications.

Coming Soon

I suspect for under $80,000 there will be prefab, well-insulated, and everything included (even the foundation, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.) homes that will be of reasonable quality and meet building codes in many cities.

Good luck finding land at affordable prices with electricity and utility connections readily available, to put one of these houses on.

Then again, try places like Danville, Illinois, my home town.

The problem, however, is $80,000 is an enormous price for decaying cities like Danville.

$50,000 will buy very livable homes.

Thus, we need to see $30,000 homes, with everything included, that can be built on the existing foundation.

In time, I expect this to happen.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (48)
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shamrock
shamrock

No plumbing, no kitchen, no bathroom, no electric wiring. Maybe a hunting cabin but as a home you're probably looking at another $20-50k.

Jackula
Jackula

Perhaps once hemp production ramps into the stratosphere we'll have super cheap composition building materials, maybe 5-10 years. The first manufacturing plants to do this are being built now. A hemp flooring manufacturer is already operating in Kentucky, their hemp flooring is similar to the popular bamboo flooring.

Greggg
Greggg

Perfect for those with a share cropper dream. Amazonia Acres here we come.

Prince143
Prince143

Danville Illinois isnt worth building a 5 dollar shit house in. Nothing there but a prison and the hillbillys that run it.

rachelrizal
rachelrizal

This is where solar panels come in...Sun 💡 collect and filter rain water, don't build where a tornado 🌪️ is going to take it or flooding 🌊 going to wash it away or earthquake and it sound doable!

vboring
vboring

Prefab is important for redevelopment/gentrification in areas with expensive land and old housing stock. It wins over site built because of time and labor. Local labor is expensive. Carrying debt on land is expensive.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Increasingly strong winds(climate change?) will blow apart similar schacks in no time....Nothing is better and stronger than brick and mortar !

My2pluscents
My2pluscents

This is why I'm going to build mine in New York City , flip it , as is and make a fortune. New Yorkers are gullible, and they're always going for the next bright ,shiny, trend.

Je'Ri
Je'Ri

That "getaway cabin" is just a bit bigger than the garden shack I built for $3k, though it admittedly does not have a sleeping-loft.

My_opinon75
My_opinon75

There are good ideas and bad ones, but at lease Amazon is heading in right direction in solving are housing problem.👍

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

These homes never took off on HGTV during the downturn. They look more like elite kids treehouses for a reason. With 0% interest coming we will soon be back to lower rates an d crashing prices on homes like 2009 and 2010. The next recession will give us MMT as well.

DFWRealEstate
DFWRealEstate

Doesn't solve the biggest problem with affordable housing...affordable real estate. Cheap manufactured housing is nothing new. Larger issue is that real estate (the actual land) has been inflated across the board. What's the point of putting a $50,000 tiny home on a lot that you don't own or in a neighborhood/location you don't really want to be in? When private equity parasites are jumping into the mobile home park market, that doesn't bode well. It's just more profiteering from those who were bailed out during the last housing crash, shoving their weight (and liquidity) around at the expense of the broader public.

AWC
AWC

Housing is affordable, otherwise it wouldn’t sell. That’s what makes a market.

AWC
AWC

Add that most any builder can build an enclosed shell for $61 a square foot, on your land and your foundation.

AWC
AWC

“Amazon is out to make housing affordable. It will eventually succeed.”

Let me know when amazon makes gold and silver more affordable. Let alone lumber and labor ;-)

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

As long as amazon, instead of Fanny/Freddie, is willing to hold the mortgage, it will be a HUGE win for taxpayers. Somehow I think Amazon is counting on Fanny/Freddie to take that financial risk.

TnAndy
TnAndy

Having done so in the past few years for rentals, I can build a pretty nice, turn key, 1,800 sqft house for $50-60/sqft using off the shelf materials from local Big Box store with a LOT better r-value in the walls (2x6....R-19) (vs <R-5 for the wood walls in these models), doing 80% of the labor myself. Subbed out the heat pumps, carpet install (most have hardwood downstairs) and concrete work, wife and I did the rest.

The fact is housing could be very affordable IF folks would learn to swing a hammer.....and then do so.

Ted R
Ted R

How much longer until Amazon starts selling cars and trucks?

MookieB
MookieB

Vote Democrat and there will be an endless stream of cheap labor. It's not like little Mikey or Eric will come out and sweat and bleed for a living, Jimmy and travis said screw this 20 years ago so that leaves Fernando, Arturo, Luis and their families and countrymen to get the job done. Sad part is they dont know their worth and the suits know they dont know. 22+% profit margins didnt come out of nowhere despite the rising costs of material over the past 25 years

MsNeena
MsNeena

I'm originally from Danville, IL and it's nice to see someone from there doing great things like providing informative articles about finances.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Neena - when did you graduate? I am from the Schlarman class of 1971

KidHorn
KidHorn

You have to pay for assembly, foundation, land, utility hookups, etc... I suspect that will cost as much as the kit. I had a 800 sq ft addition to my house and it cost $75k in 2013. Seems it would cost about the same.

jjjjjjjj
jjjjjjjj

Great! Now I just need to come up with the $500,000 for a tiny patch of land here in Canada and I'm all set!

GACROWDFUND
GACROWDFUND

This is not a home but more like a shed to store.things in are a childs playplace. Amazon and others have to stop confusing the public by labeling things houses that are not houses. This is more like a kit that is not made to local zoning standards and will end up costing more in adjustments and zoning then it will for the kit.

ScottsdaleBubbe
ScottsdaleBubbe

Also not included: land price, land due diligence & closing, land prep, labor, specing of utilities, utility hook-ups, government entitlements and inspections, clean up. Not for the inexperienced. Must have deep pockets. R values suck.

jjjjjjjj
jjjjjjjj

This guy built a similar place for 2k....F... Amazon! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6paeLIrvCM