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Elon Musk’s ‘main home’ is now a tiny 375 square foot prefabricated rented house worth just $50,000 

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Elon Musk, the world’s third richest man, is living in a tiny home worth just $50,000 on the SpaceX site in Texas

Over the past year, Musk has sold most of his real estate portfolio and listed his final property last month. 

The 50-year-old revealed in a tweet that he now resides in a modest rented home at his company’s Boca Chica, Texas, launch site that is worth just $50,000 – less than the cost of a base Tesla Model S.

‘My primary home is literally a ~$50k house in Boca Chica / Starbase that I rent from SpaceX. It’s kinda awesome though,’ he wrote, saying he also had an ‘events house’ in the Bay Area.

The entrepreneur, listed by Forbes as the world’s third richest man with a fortune of $167.3billion, is believed to be living in a 375-square-foot modular home made by the company Boxabl, according to the Musk fan blog Teslarati and the Houston Chronicle.

Though Musk has not confirmed the name of the company that made his home, a Boxabl unit appears to be visible on the site on Google Earth.

The company’s homes are tiny but stylish, set up like a studio apartment with an open plan living area, kitchen and bedroom, with an adjacent bathroom. 

The properties are assembled from a folded box made of concrete panels and steel.

Elon Musk, one of the world's richest men, is living in a tiny prefab house on the SpaceX site in Texas, according to reports. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

Elon Musk, one of the world’s richest men, is living in a tiny prefab house on the SpaceX site in Texas, according to reports. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The 50-year-old revealed in a tweet that he now resides in a modest rented home on his company's Boca Chica, Texas launch site, worth just $50,000 - less than the cost of a base Tesla Model S. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The 50-year-old revealed in a tweet that he now resides in a modest rented home on his company’s Boca Chica, Texas launch site, worth just $50,000 – less than the cost of a base Tesla Model S. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The entrepreneur is believed to be living in a 375-square-foot modular home made by the company Boxabl, according to the Musk fan blog Teslarati and the Houston Chronicle. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The entrepreneur is believed to be living in a 375-square-foot modular home made by the company Boxabl, according to the Musk fan blog Teslarati and the Houston Chronicle. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

'My primary home is literally a ~$50k house in Boca Chica / Starbase that I rent from SpaceX. It's kinda awesome though,' he wrote in early June, saying he also had an 'events house' in the Bay Area. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

‘My primary home is literally a ~$50k house in Boca Chica / Starbase that I rent from SpaceX. It’s kinda awesome though,’ he wrote in early June, saying he also had an ‘events house’ in the Bay Area. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The company's homes are tiny but stylish, set up like a studio apartment with an open plan living area, kitchen and bedroom, with an adjacent bathroom. Pictured: A model of a Boxabl Casita

The company’s homes are tiny but stylish, set up like a studio apartment with an open plan living area, kitchen and bedroom, with an adjacent bathroom. Pictured: A model of a Boxabl Casita

Teslarati reported that the model Musk, who is said to be worth $167.3 billion, is renting is a mass-produced 20 feet x 20 feet ‘foldable prefabricated home,’ named the Boxabl Casita. 

Boxabl has not confirmed whether Musk is living in one of its homes but in November announced it had built a Casita for a ‘high-profile’ and ‘top secret’ customer in Boca Chica.  

The Las Vegas-based company set up in 2017 with the aim of building homes that could be shipped anywhere.

Co-founder Galiano Tiramani told the New York Post: ‘The goal of the company is to mass-produce housing on a scale and at a cost that’s never been done before,’ Galiano added. ‘We want to make housing dramatically more affordable for the world.’

The Casita model was the first of the company’s designs and, in a possible nod to Musk, the company has demonstrated it being configured for use on Mars.  

The company has also pitched the use of its housing units as a means to expand Starbase, Teslarati reported. 

Boxabl has not confirmed whether Musk is living in one of its homes but in November announced it had built a Casita for a 'high-profile' and 'top secret' customer in Boca Chica

Boxabl has not confirmed whether Musk is living in one of its homes but in November announced it had built a Casita for a ‘high-profile’ and ‘top secret’ customer in Boca Chica

Though Musk has not confirmed the name of the company that made his home, a Boxabl unit is appears to be visible on the site on Google Earth (above)

Though Musk has not confirmed the name of the company that made his home, a Boxabl unit is appears to be visible on the site on Google Earth (above)

Over the past year, Musk has sold most of his real estate portfolio and listed his final property last month [File photo]

Over the past year, Musk has sold most of his real estate portfolio and listed his final property last month [File photo]

Last summer, Musk began selling his real estate portfolio, saying he intended to give up most of his assets to focus on his mission to Mars. 

‘I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house,’ the entrepreneur tweeted in May 2020. 

Musk listed his last remaining home, a California Bay Area mansion for sale in June for $37.5 million.

The home is on Crystal Springs Road in Hillsborough, and was used chiefly as a rental space for events, he said. 

Musk said he would like to sell it to a large family who will live there. ‘It’s a special place,’ he tweeted. 

Musk had gone on a spree the past 13 months, selling six of his properties, as well as one in 2019, for a total of $114 million.

He said he was doing it as a way to defuse criticism of his wealth, telling podcast host Joe Rogan last May: ‘I think possessions kinda weigh you down. And they’re kind of an attack vector. People say, ‘Hey, billionaire, you got all this stuff.’ ‘Well, now I don’t have the stuff — now what are you gonna do?” 

Boxabl set up in 2017 with the aim of building homes that could be shipped anywhere. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

Boxabl set up in 2017 with the aim of building homes that could be shipped anywhere. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The company has pitched the use of its housing units as a means to expand Starbase, Teslarati reported. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The company has pitched the use of its housing units as a means to expand Starbase, Teslarati reported. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

Musk has gone on a spree the past 13 months, selling six of his properties, as well as one in 2019, for a total of $114 million. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

Musk has gone on a spree the past 13 months, selling six of his properties, as well as one in 2019, for a total of $114 million. Pictured: A Boxabl Casita similar to the one Musk is said to be renting

The announcement that Musk is selling his mansion on Crystal Springs Road means he has nearly rid himself entirely of his properties i

The announcement that Musk was selling his mansion on Crystal Springs Road meant he has nearly rid himself entirely of his properties in California

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Social Democrats activists consider deferring request on leadership contest

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A group of Social Democrats activists who want to see a leadership election in the party is looking at deferring their request to consider such a contest until after a new general secretary is appointed to the party.

A draft letter to the party’s national executive, signed by two councillors and 14 others, seeking the leadership contest emerged on Friday evening.

The letter, which has not been sent to party authorities, requested the national executive meet to hold a vote to call a leadership election.

It pays tribute to the party’s current co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall, who it states “have done exceptional work”, but adds that “it is now time to move to the next stage”.

The party released a statement later the same evening saying its TDs are “united behind co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall”. This statement was shared on Twitter by all six of the party’s Dáil Deputies.

One of the councillors who signed the draft letter, Kildare representative Chris Pender, responded with his own social media post saying: “Anyone who’s read the letter will know it states we don’t have an issue with the leaders, but we believe in the democratic right to vote for that/those leaders.

“A leadership contest would give members the opportunity to show support for the current leaders, if that’s what they want.”

Cllr Cat O’Driscoll, who sits on Dublin City Council, was the other public representative who signed the draft letter.

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Sources insisted the motivations behind seeking a contest include giving the Social Democrats’ membership a say in who leads the party, as well as an issue of timing. They say with no general election expected imminently, it would give the next leader time to prepare.

It was also revealed on Friday that Brian Sheehan, a former director of the Yes Equality campaign, is to step down from his role as Social Democrats general secretary in early September. The decision is not connected with the call for a leadership election and those behind the draft letter were unaware of Mr Sheehan’s decision to leave the job.

However, it has prompted a rethink of the request for a leadership contest.

The Irish Times understands the activists are considering a new version of the letter that takes Mr Sheehan’s departure into account and would not seek a discussion about a leadership contest until after his successor is in place and has had some time in the job. A source suggested the approach with any new letter would be “a bit more cautious”.

On Monday, a party spokeswoman ruled out any contest for the leadership, either before or after the appointment of a new general secretary.

“The rules of the party state any leader must be a TD and all of our TDs are united in their support for the party leadership. The general secretary position is entirely unrelated to the party leadership,” she said.

Ms Murphy and Ms Shortall have jointly led the Social Democrats since its establishment in 2015.


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Instagrammer captures abandoned Welsh property in series of eerie photographs

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Who would live in a house like this? Instagrammer photographs abandoned Welsh property – complete with a bottle of Champagne for ‘Grandad’s’ 90th birthday, dishes still in the sink and a newspaper dating back to 1956

  • Photographs reveal the rooms have been untouched for decades and house opened bottle of Champagne  
  • Discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex while exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales 
  • Kyle said: ‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory’ 
  • ***Do YOU know who lived in the abandoned house? Contact izzy.nikolic@mailonline.co.uk*** 

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An abandoned Welsh house has been captured in a series of eerie photographs complete with a bottle of Champagne for ‘Grandad’s’ 90th birthday and dishes still in the sink.  

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: ‘Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can’t be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx.’  

The property has been dubbed ‘Granddad’s abandoned house’ after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. 

A piano can also be seen with sheet music still in place along with clothes hanging up and dishes still in the sink.

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: 'Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can't be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx'

Pictured: A piano can also be seen with sheet music still in place along with clothes hanging up

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: ‘Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can’t be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx’

The property has been dubbed 'Granddad's abandoned house' after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. Pictured: The exterior of the property

The property has been dubbed ‘Granddad’s abandoned house’ after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. Pictured: The exterior of the property 

Random debris including a broken bicycle, piping, empty tins and folding tables and chairs were left strewn throughout the house

The discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex (pictured) while he was exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales

Random debris including a broken bicycle, piping, empty tins and folding tables and chairs were left strewn throughout the house

Mr Urbex said: 'I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn't too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open'

Mr Urbex said: ‘I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn’t too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open’

The discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex while he was exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales.

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone’s ‘dream family home.’

He said: ‘I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn’t too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open.

‘Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many.

‘The porch area had been trashed, however the seating still remained intact and of course the champagne bottle for his 90th birthday still left on the fireplace.

He added: 'Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many'

Dishes are left undone in the sink in the kitchen

He added: ‘Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many’

Kyle says he has now been left wondering about the story behind the house. He added: ‘While the place appears to have been ransacked by vandals, clothes still hang in wardrobes; one of the few signs of the home it once was’

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone's 'dream family home'

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone’s ‘dream family home’

Mr Urbex added: 'Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind'

Mr Urbex added: ‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind’

‘I found it quite sad really given all the memories just left to be forgotten about. As well as the house there was a caravan hidden at the back in all the overgrowth which had more memories inside, old books and so on.

‘I managed to uncover an old bike in the shed which looked like it had been there quite a while.

‘Alongside all of these findings I came across a newspaper dated from November 3 1956.’

Kyle says he has now been left wondering about the story behind the house.

He added: ‘While the place appears to have been ransacked by vandals, clothes still hang in wardrobes; one of the few signs of the home it once was.

‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind.’

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Foley to bring school reopening plan to Cabinet on Tuesday

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Minister for Education Norma Foley says she has every confidence schools will reopen fully from late August and early September.

Ms Foley said there was ongoing engagement between her department and public health officials on the matter but all schools were set to reopen.

Strong mitigation measures would be in place in schools to ensure that they would continue to be controlled environments, she told RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show on Monday.

Covid-19 infection rates among children were at their highest when children were not at school and public health experts had pointed out “on a consistent basis to schools being a very significantly controlled environment”.

The safe operation of the Leaving Certificate exams and enhanced summer camps indicated that the safe operation of education could be maintained, she said.

A plan would be put in place to allow schools to “draw down” CO2 monitors and the Minister said she was confident there would be enough monitors for all schools by the start of the new school year.

In relation to Covid-19 vaccines for children, Ms Foley said the “expertise” lay with the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) from which her department would take guidance.

“I have received confirmation that the 16 to 18-year-old cohort should be in a position for online registration in the coming days, and I have been advised that the 15-year-olds cohort are still being considered by NIAC and there has been no definitive timeline given,” she added.

Ms Foley will bring a plan to Cabinet on Tuesday outlining enhanced public information campaigns, the outcome of antigen testing pilots, and the purchase of C02 monitors to assist in ventilating classrooms.

Capacity limits on school transport services will also remain in place.

Government sources were adamant on Sunday that second-level education would resume in the autumn, despite concerns among public-health officials that the wave could grow following the reopening of indoor dining today, before peaking in September.

“Schools will reopen,” a senior Coalition source said.

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