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Houseboat beach house
Houseboat beach house | Photo courtesy of Cheri Tindall, Ocean Sotheby's International Realty

Houseboat beach house

  • Islamorada, Florida
  • $5.95 million

This beach house started out as a boat.

But after the 60-foot, 1948 Chris Craft got beached during a storm, the owners converted it into a sleek home nestled on almost 5 1/4 beachfront acres, says Cheri Tindall, broker associate with Ocean Sotheby's International Realty.

With a glass front opening to the balcony, plus oversized windows on two sides, the all-white, nautical-themed living area has panoramic views of the ocean.

The home has white tile floors and built-in shelves and cabinets. The white galley kitchen works well for fixing light meals or entertaining, she says.

Originally built with one stateroom, the yacht's wheelhouse has been converted to a second stateroom, with its own private balcony, Tindall says.

The houseboat also has an outdoor beach shower and a separate storage shed for equipment, she says.

The 959-square-foot home sits on 300 feet of palm-shaded beachfront on Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Tindall says.

And, if local rumors are correct, the original yacht was custom-built for hotel baron Conrad Hilton, and the beach house has hosted two U.S. presidents.

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