Some real estate listings have seasoned observers scratching their heads. This Hollywood, Fla., property is one of those puzzlers.
An unremarkable 1956 ranch house that looks as it might have been decorated by someone’s grandmother, the sales listing notes that the single-story residence has been remodeled with new floors and two new bathrooms. Some of the vintage materials found in the home are quite nice, however, with coral blocks, wood, and marble floors. So, while the decor isn’t exactly up-to-the-minute, there’s plenty to work with when redecorating!
There are also three bedrooms in not quite 1,100 square feet; one of the bedrooms boasts its own outside entrance for covert comings and goings. Out back there’s a pool and some nice landscaping, with steps down to the canal. Up to there, a pretty typical south Florida home.
But what’s that back there, beyond the pool and tropical plantings? Something far more eye catching than the main house: a sleek and modern, jet-black houseboat moored to the bulkheaded waterfront. Festooned on the inside with Edison bulbs, macrame planters, a bean bag, wood slices and hanging plants, it’s the HIPSTER ZONE!
The self-contained, Instagram-ready boat, with its own private dock and great views, would make a fantastic guest house or Airbnb. Both the interior and exterior sitting areas are very chill. The interior is basically one large room, with living/kitchen area at one end and a bedroom at the other. In between is a bathroom encased in frosted glass panels. There’s a small deck outside the lounge, perfect for a grill and jumping in a kayak. And up top, the partially faux-grassed roof terrace is an inviting hangout space both day and night.
As it turns out, the owner of this property builds these modular houseboats. And yes, they are hurricane rated. The price for just the floating home is $150,000; if buying the entire property, the price is $645,000. Interested? Contact Luis Dominguez at Douglas Elliman.
P.S. Entrepreneurial types might be especially interested in the property because there is space to add two more boat houses for use as guest houses, home offices, and/or short term rentals. That’s actually unusual in Florida, as most municipalities don’t want houseboats around, so this could be a rare opportunity. Plus, easy ocean access can also be found by continuing down the canal. Get boating!