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Why Elon Musk Lives in a $50,000 House

elon musk used to own plenty of real estate in california but in 2020 he went on a huge selling spree parting ways with his multi-million dollar properties one by one by one buy one in total he sold seven houses his eighth and only remaining home a beautiful bay area estate that he describes as a special place hit the market in june the price 37.

5 million not long ago musk packed his bags and moved to texas which by the way has no personal income tax whereas the golden state imposes the highest level of income tax on its residents there are plenty of fancy homes in south texas a half hours drive from boca chica where spacex built its rocket facility for starship but the second richest person in the world says instead he’s chosen to rent a small home from his company located by the production site worth a mere 50 000.

he reportedly lives in a foldable house in a box like this according to teslarati the windows and walls unfold into a 400 square foot space complete with a kitchen bathroom bedroom and living room they’re built by a startup called boxable which had no comment about musk’s living situation when i reached out to them but the company has certainly been dropping hints about a new customer in a promotional video from late 2020 boxable showed off one of its units with a photo of spacex’s falcon 9 and had this to say about a special delivery we just installed in boca chica texas for a top secret customer the portable homes have a starting price of 49 500 and are light enough to be towed by a model x which costs twice as much by living on site musk has 24 7 access to all of spacex’s developments as it powers full steam ahead in the hopes of sending humans to mars musk has famously signaled his commitment to his companies by placing himself right in the center of the action like the times he sleeps at tesla’s factories which i talked about in another video or further back when he and his brother started their first company he slept at the office and showered at the ymca in this case his vision of a factory line of fully reusable launch vehicles supersedes any desire for luxurious living downsizing his house as a metaphor for downsizing his life in order to focus on his ambitions and if making life multi-planetary weren’t enough he’s trying to solve traffic congestion with a boring company wants to make humans smarter by implanting tiny wires with neuralink and then of course there’s his electric car company tesla which has a gigafactory under construction in austin his girlfriend grimes confirmed she has also moved to the texas capital musk is not the only billionaire to live frugally facebook’s mark zuckerberg famously has a wardrobe of simple gray shirts one of the most successful investors of all time warren buffett often eats breakfast at mcdonald’s and still lives in the same house in omaha that he purchased in 1958 for 31 still it’s nothing like a tiny home in a box musk has also been seen at another property in boca chica village right next to spacex’s site the ceo has been spotted staying at this house that spacex remodeled and is said to be one of the nicest in the neighborhood it was appraised at 47 000 in 2020 and is now worth more than three times that according to the wall street journal real estate in boca chica has soared in value since musk appealed for people to move to the area and said spacex would have thousands of job openings in the next few years bokuchika is a tiny community there are only about 40 houses here with no shops restaurants or even water pipes water is trucked in the people who live here are mostly retired and come to spend the winters spacex has been offering to buy all the houses some residents have taken the money while others have refused and have complained of bullying by spacex to try and get them to sell south texas is precious to spacex because of its proximity to the equator which gives rockets a boost in speed due to the rotation of the earth the company also has a long history in the lone star estate it’s at a rocket engine testing site north of austin for two decades spacex has hinted that it wants to develop the boko chica area into a resort it posted a job for a resort development manager in 2020.

musk envisions a city called starbase that would incorporate the small community boxable has even pitched the idea of more housing units for the expansion of starbase as for this fifty thousand dollar humble abode musk is unlikely to buy million dollar digs in the future he has said his plan is to not own a home who needs one when mars is calling to call musk a busy man is an understatement he reportedly plans his day in five minute slots in order to make the best use of his time if you’d like to learn how to be more productive maybe not on the scale of musk but productive nonetheless my sponsor skillshare can help and you can try it out for free the first one is simply scheduling author and video creator thomasfrank helps me organize and improve my workflow as i craft my stories skillshare can also help you get better at making videos with classes on editing creating animations and designing standout youtube thumbnails there are thousands of inspiring classes broken up into short lessons there are no ads and it’s for all skill levels the first 1000 people who use the link in my description will receive a one month free trial of skillshare premium for news think i’m cindy palm [Music]

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