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Designer Sees the Beauty in Greyhound Bus

Posted July 14, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD

When I think of a Greyhound bus, I am reminded of regular trips back and forth between the city where I went to college and home. Though maybe not the status quo for other routes, my bus had a particular odor that would smack you in the face as soon as you boarded it.

I am also reminded of the rotation of typically kind, but intoxicated passengers who would invariably sit within conversational-distance of me, sipping from a deteriorating paper bag as they, more often than not, told me the story of their lives.

And, of course, when I think of my Greyhound, mostly I am reminded of the number of times I would, lulled by the hum of the speeding bus, pass out on my neighbor. Though I would fall asleep sitting upright, inevitably, I would wake to find that I had drifted onto my polite, but startled neighbor…sometimes leaving a trail of drool on them.

Marred by the lingering odor, unwanted conversations and embarrassment, I have a hard time imagining anyone seeing the beauty and possibility held in an aging Greyhound bus. Yet, that is what one designer has been able to do….

Catching a glimpse of a 1960s GMC bus on eBay some years ago, amateur designer Jessi Lipskin has devoted roughly $125,000 and three years to converting that bus into her dream home.

Lipskin set out to research possible options for a residence that would reflect her eco-friendly lifestyle, at last settling on a vehicle home.

“Ultimately, a home on wheels seemed like a perfect solution: I could easily explore new places (finding a permanent place to settle, in the short term, was not a priority for me), and I could continue to live a vegan lifestyle," Lipskin explained.

Despite having little experience with the "plumbing, electrical, carpentry needed for this project," Lipskin managed to turn the decommissioned bus into both a comfortable and stylish home and is currently offering the mobile apartment for sale on Craigslist with an asking price of $149,000.

“With more than $125,000 invested in restoring this bus, this home is now an innovative, eco-friendly, beautifully-designed piece of art," according to the advertisement. Capable of accommodating up to four people at once, the converted bus comes equipped with dimming LED lighting, an energy-efficient washing machine and an instant hot water heater and propane tank.

For a tour of the bus, go to: https://players.brightcove.net/719324203001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5803590534001

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