“Shipping container” probably isn’t the first thought in people’s minds when they think of the high life.

At $1,800 a month, however, the recently completed shipping container apartments at Holcomb Avenue and Moran Street in Midtown Reno hew closer to the upper scale of 800-square-foot, two-bedroom apartments in the Biggest Little City.

“I already hear people saying it’s not affordable,” said Bryan Raydon, who co-owns real estate company Marmot Properties with his two brothers.

“No. 1, they should build it on their own lot if they want affordable housing. We paid $16,000 a unit in fees. We had to put in concrete sidewalks and parking (because the city required us to). The requirements make the city better but they also make it harder to make affordable housing.”

5 years in the making